Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

USF interviewing three internal candidates for medical dean post

TAMPA — A search firm hired by the University of South Florida has identified three internal candidates to be considered as the next medical school dean as it continues to hunt nationwide for additional prospects.

The candidates are Dr. Clifton Gooch, chairman of the neurology department; Dr. Charles Paidas, vice dean for clinical affairs and graduate medical education; and Dr. David J. Smith Jr., chairman of the surgery department and chief medical officer at USF Health's Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS).

A search committee is scheduled Friday to interview the three men, all of whom have expressed interest. USF spokeswoman Lara Wade described Friday's interviews as "initial conversations." The firm, Quick Leonard Kieffer, continues to look for external candidates as well, she said, adding that USF has no deadline for filling the job.

"We want to take the time to make sure we've got the right fit," said Wade.

Morsani College of Medicine has been without a permanent leader since Dr. Stephen Klasko announced in June that he was leaving for a job as president of Thomas Jefferson University and chief executive officer of the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital System in Philadelphia.

Klasko's departure came at a complicated juncture for the medical school. At the time, it had signed only a one-year renewal with longtime partner Tampa General Hospital, sparking concerns that the relationship between the two institutions had deteriorated. Klasko had also led USF on an ambitious initiative — creating its own health system, with Lakeland Regional Medical Center as its first member — that is at a standstill.

Last month, USF Health signed a new, three-year medical education affiliation agreement with Tampa General. It is an "evergreen contract,'' so it automatically renews unless one of the parties wants to terminate it.

The partnership with Lakeland Regional has shown little progress, though officials on both sides insist it's still viable. "It's a great relationship," said Yadira Holmes, a spokeswoman for Lakeland Regional.

Officials do not want to proceed with honing their affiliation agreement until USF names its new medical dean, she said.

The two sides have talked about sending USF medical students to the Lakeland hospital before filling residency slots. Lakeland is still in talks with the federal government about how the residencies would be financed, Holmes said.

The three internal candidates for the dean's post have had considerable experience both at USF and in the community.

Gooch played a major role in the creation of the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute. Paidas is chief of pediatric surgery at Tampa General and oversees USF's medical residency program, including that portion of the partnership with Lakeland Regional. Smith serves as medical director of TGH's burn center and also oversaw USF's efforts to set up a statewide trauma system with for-profit hospital chain HCA.

Jodie Tillman can be reached at jtillman@tampabay.com or (813) 226-3374.

USF interviewing three internal candidates for medical dean post 10/23/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 10:57pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Leaping shark floors angler in Australia

    World

    In The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway's protagonist battles for three days to pull in his prized catch. For Terry Selwood, it came a little more suddenly.

    A 9-foot shark lies on the deck of a fishing boat at Evans Head, Australia on Sunday. Fisherman Terry Selwood said he was left with a badly bruised and bleeding right arm where the shark struck him with a fin as it landed on him on the deck. [Lance Fountain via AP]
  2. Rays rally twice to beat Rangers (w/video)

    The Heater

    ARLINGTON, Texas — Starting Erasmo Ramirez on Monday after he closed out Sunday's marathon win turned out, despite the Rays' best intentions and rigid insistence, to be a bad idea as he gave up four runs without getting through three innings.

    Erasmo Ramirez, starting a day after closing a 15-inning marathon, struggles against the Rangers and comes out after throwing 43 pitches in 21/3 innings.
  3. Britain investigating missed signals over Manchester bomber

    World

    LONDON — Britain's domestic intelligence agency, MI5, is investigating its response to warnings from the public about the threat posed by Salman Abedi, the suicide bomber who killed 22 people and wounded dozens more in an attack at a crowded Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, last week.

    People gather Monday at St. Ann’s Square in Manchester, England, to view tributes to victims of the suicide bombing that killed 22 on May 22 as a concert by Ariana Grande was concluding.
  4. Trump condemns killing of pair who tried to stop racist rant

    Nation

    The mayor of Portland, Ore., on Monday urged U.S. officials and organizers to cancel a "Trump Free Speech Rally" and other similar events, saying they are inappropriate and could be dangerous after two men were stabbed to death on a train as they tried to help a pair of young women targeted by an anti-Muslim tirade.

    Coco Douglas, 8, leaves a handmade sign and rocks she painted at a memorial in Portland, Ore., on Saturday for two bystanders who were stabbed to death Friday while trying to stop a man who was yelling anti-Muslim slurs and acting aggressively toward two young women. From left are Coco's brother, Desmond Douglas; her father, Christopher Douglas; and her stepmother, Angel Sauls. [Associated Press]
  5. What major sporting event could Tampa Bay land next?

    Lightning Strikes

    We are on quite a roll as a community. First, we had a Super Bowl drop from the storm clouds into our lap. It just reaffirms the fact that Tampa Bay is great at lap. And Monday it became official: Next year's NHL All-Star Game will be held at Amalie Arena. The best in the world will be here to shoot and score. And …

    MVP Wayne Gretzky is congratulated at the 1999 NHL All-Star game, the last time the event was in Tampa Bay. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times file]