Health Care

KU Medical Center chooses interim vice chancellor

Robert Simari
Robert Simari

The University of Kansas Medical Center announced Tuesday that Robert Simari will serve as interim vice chancellor until it finds a permanent replacement for Doug Girod.

The Kansas Board of Regents appointed Girod chancellor of the University of Kansas last month after four years as the medical center’s leader.

Simari is the executive dean of the University of Kansas School of Medicine, a role he has had since he came to KU from the Mayo Clinic in 2014. He will continue in that role after his interim vice chancellor duties begin July 1. Simari graduated from Shawnee Mission West High School in 1978 and received a medical degree from the University of Kansas in 1986.

He was the vice chairman of the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases at the Mayo Clinic and also conducted National Health Institutes-funded research on stem cell therapies for cardiovascular diseases.

Andy Marso: 816-234-4055, @andymarso