Dr. Guy Reed, the Phoenix medical campus’ third dean, will take the reins in July

The University of Arizona’s medical school in downtown Phoenix on Tuesday named a Tennessee cardiologist as its new dean, replacing a longtime leader nearly one year after he left to take a position in Texas.

Dr. Guy Reed, who chairs the University of Tennessee’s department of medicine, will begin in July as dean of UA College of Medicine-Phoenix.

Reed will be paid annual compensation of $700,000

as dean of the downtown Phoenix school. UA pays its Tucson medical school dean an identical amount, a university spokesman said.

Reed will be the third dean of the decade-old Phoenix medical school. Dr. Edward “Ted” Shortliffe opened the school in 2007. He was replaced in 2008 by Dr. Stuart Flynn, who held the position until he left a year ago to become founding dean of a new medical school formed by Texas Christian University and the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

Dr. Kenneth Ramos, who has served as interim dean of the school for the past year, will transition into a yet-to-be-named role when Reed arrives in July, according to Dr. Leigh Neumayer, UA’s interim senior vice president for health sciences.

New dean’s qualifications

Neumayer said a search committee identified two finalists, but she cited Reed’s background and experience as differentiating factors.

“Both of them were exceedingly qualified for this job,” Neumayer said. “I felt like Dr. Reed was the best match.”

At the University of Tennessee, Neumayer said, Reed doubled the size of the school’s department of medicine and helped develop a clot-dissolving drug now being tested in clinical trials. In January, Reed was named interim executive vice president for Memphis-based Methodist Le Bonheur HealthCare, an affiliate of Tennessee’s medical school.

A Colorado native, Reed completed medical school at Stanford University, an internal medicine residency at Yale University, a cardiovascular disease fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and a research fellowship in biochemistry and molecular biology at Harvard Medical School. He later served as a cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health.

School’s history

In Phoenix, Reed will oversee a medical school that opened as a branch campus of Tucson’s UA College of Medicine to help address the state’s physician shortage and to serve as an anchor of downtown’s Phoenix Biomedical Campus. In 2012, the Phoenix school secured separate “preliminary” accreditation, the first of three steps to full accreditation.

In 2015, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education warned the school it needed to make fixes to maintain and advance its accreditation to mid-tier “provisional” status. The school made the changes and secured provisional accreditation last year.

After Flynn left the medical school last year, most of his leadership team followed him to the Texas medical school. The departures prompted the Arizona Medical Association, a physician’s organization, to ask the Arizona Board of Regents to interview the leaders to find out why they left.

The regents hired a law firm to conduct an independent review of the oversight of the medical schools, and the consultant delivered a report to the Regents, who concluded no further action was needed. In December, the administrator overseeing the University of Arizona’s medical schools in Phoenix and Tucson announced he would step down.

Since the Phoenix school began taking students in 2007, it has graduated 273 physicians. Another 82 are scheduled to graduate in May.

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