<P>10 TULANE | MEDICINE FALL 2013 tulane.edu/som You have been with the School of Medicine for more than two decades. How does it feel to continue that journey now as dean? I guess it feels like continuity rather than a change in role. In every step there has been plenty to do, so in some ways I dont see this as a promotion or change but just a continuation of trying to improve and grow the school. How has the school changed since back when you ?rst started? We are more focused. We are less complacent about where we are and where we want to go. I think the school has certainly evolved and learned a lot of lessons from both Katrina and the somewhat long process of recovery from that. You couldnt be complacent after Katrina. If the school was to survive, it was going to take great effort. Lots of people—literally thousands within the university—contributed to the recovery of the school, and I think most of the people did it not to bring Tulane to where it was before Katrina, but to make it a better place. And I think there is still that sentiment. We are really striving to bring Tulane to a higher level in achievement. What is your leadership style? I view my role as a consensus builder. I want to get lots of input from across the university and within the school—from every level. But, at the end of the day, you need to set a direction and an agenda. The healthcare environment in New Orleans is undergoing tremendous change. How does that affect the school? I think thats the big issue of this academic year: what is going on with hospital alignment in the city? Childrens Hospital has taken over the management of the current Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans and will manage the new University Medical Center. So thats one big change that has already occurred. And the Jefferson Parish hospitals (East and West Jefferson) are probably entering into a lease arrangement, so Tulane is trying to sort out where we will be in that alignment—or trying to position ourselves within that alignment. These are some decisions that we dont have direct control over, but we do have indirect in?uence on a number of those. And for the future, our in?uence will depend on us having a high-quality operation. So the better we are as a group of physicians and faculty, the more leverage that we have in determining our future. Will this mean changes for our students and residency training? In virtually no scenario do we envision a danger to the quality of our education. Its possible that the faculty, residents, fellows and students in the future may not be in the same three hospital systems that look exactly the same. There could be more diversity of hospitals that people train at— thats possible. What are your plans for research growth? We have a number of projects right now that will help us grow our research base. Within the last year, Dr. Patrice Delafontaine and the LA CaTS (Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science) grant have almost tripled the size of patient treatment areas in our Clinical Research Of?ce, which will more than double the capacity for clinical trials within the school. (See pg. 4.) The Cancer Centers basic science research space has almost doubled with the new labs down the street at the Louisiana Cancer Research Center. Then we have a major $13.5 million renovation of the J. Bennett Johnson Building labs, which will be a center for interdisciplinary research. For the ?rst time, researchers from the School of Medicine will be working with counterparts in the schools of science and engineering and public health on collaborative research. Much of the work will be in regenerative medicine, biomedical engineering and bioinnovation, but the opportunities for growth are tremendous. (See pg. 6.) We also have the new Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine scheduled to open next year. Part of its focus will be on nutrition research. But we still need additional investment in our research infrastructure and faculty. We hope to reach out to donors to raise money for early-stage investigators who need bridge funding for research before their ?rst R01 grants. We also want to raise money to renovate labs in the 1430 (Tulane Ave.) building. What are your goals for National Institutes of Health funding? More. We need more. Without knowing exactly what NIH budgets are going to be, its a dif?cult time to do that. But we are determined to do it despite the challenge. This is a challenging time for medical schools with predicted national physician shortages, healthcare reform, rising tuition costs and a limited number How do you blow off steam? Ive taken to running over the last year and a half. I run about three miles a day—and more on the weekends. I track my stats OFF THE CLOCK Favorite TV show? I like comedies— The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family. Favorite New Orleans tourist spots? The aquarium is great. I also love it when people come to Mardi Gras for the ?rst time. And, of course, dining out. Favorite restaurant? I dont have a single favorite, but Gautreaus and MiLa stand out. Favorite vacation spot? Telluride, Colo. I love hiking in the mountains in the summer. on the Nike app and Im averaging around eight minutes per mile. I used to have a sailboat, but I sold it. 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