12, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) --
University of Kentucky President Lee T. Todd, Jr.
recently named Alfred Cohen, M.D., acting Executive
Vice President for Health Affairs (EVPHA) at the University
of Kentucky. Cohen, director and CEO of UK Markey
Cancer Center, and professor of surgery in the UK
College of Medicine, will serve while the search for
a permanent EVPHA continues.
EVPHA is responsible for clinical and administrative
leadership of the clinical enterprise at the UK Chandler
Medical Center, including UK Hospital, UK Children’s
Hospital, Kentucky Clinics, and associated health
programs. The EVPHA and the Provost exercise joint
oversight of clinical activities in the colleges of
Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
ultimate goal, which I am confident we will attain,
is for UK's clinical enterprise to continue to improve
and become even more competitive, and for all of the
academic programs to enhance their quality and achievements,”
is an important step in establishing a more cohesive
partnership amongst all components of the UK healthcare
system,” Cohen said.
James W. Holsinger Jr., M.D., Ph.D., senior vice president
and chancellor of the medical center, will be working
closely with Cohen in the interim to facilitate a
seamless transition to the new organizational structure.
currently serves a number of leadership roles in several
national organizations. He is chair of the Commission
on Cancer as well as the Colorectal section of the
American College of Surgeons Oncology Group. Cohen
also serves on the National Quality Forum Cancer Steering
Committee, Scientific Advisory Board, Yale University
Cancer Center, and the American Joint Commission on
Cancer. Cohen currently is leading a national coordinated
program of the American College of Surgeons, the Foundation
for Advanced Medical Education, and the Association
for Surgical Education to optimize the operative treatment
of patients with rectal cancer. Earlier this year,
Cohen was elected president of the Society of Surgical