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UK Names Head of Health Affairs

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Photo of Michael Karpf, M.D.
Michael Karpf, M.D.

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“I am extremely pleased to have a person of Dr. Karpf’s caliber join us at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Karpf is nationally recognized and has played a major role in bringing UCLA Medical Center to its number 3 ranking, as reported recently by U.S. News & World Report. With the innovative restructuring of the UK Chandler Medical Center, I believe Dr. Karpf will provide exceptional leadership for our clinical enterprise and shares our goal to become one of the nation’s best academic health centers.”

-- Lee T. Todd Jr.,
president,
University of Kentucky

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 3, 2003) -- Michael Karpf, M.D., vice provost for Hospital Systems, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center, director of Practice Plans Operation for UCLA Healthcare, and professor of medicine, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, has been named executive vice president for health affairs at the University of Kentucky.

The appointment, subject to approval by the UK Board of Trustees, was made by UK President Lee T. Todd Jr., who cited Karpf’s leadership in the health care arena.

“I am extremely pleased to have a person of Dr. Karpf’s caliber join us at the University of Kentucky,” said Todd. “Dr. Karpf is nationally recognized and has played a major role in bringing UCLA Medical Center to its number 3 ranking, as reported recently by U.S. News & World Report. With the innovative restructuring of the UK Chandler Medical Center, I believe Dr. Karpf will provide exceptional leadership for our clinical enterprise and shares our goal to become one of the nation’s best academic health centers.”

“I am very excited about the opportunity to join the leadership team at the University of Kentucky,” said Karpf. “Clearly, UK is a university on the move, and I look forward very much to the opportunity to lead its comprehensive clinical enterprise. My goals will be to help the Chandler Medical Center improve the health and health care for Kentucky and the region and become a national leader among academic health centers, recognized for its discoveries and applications of exciting clinical innovations.”

Karpf will take office October 1, 2003. He will report directly to Todd and be responsible for the 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 and entities owned and operated by the University of Kentucky to support the clinical enterprise. The dean of the College of Medicine will report to Karpf for all clinical operations. Karpf will have joint oversight with UK’s Provost of the clinical activities in the colleges of Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Karpf received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1967 and a Doctor of Medicine degree in 1971, both from the University of Pennsylvania. After completing an internship in medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1972, he served as a research associate in the Laboratory of Immunology, Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, at the National Institutes of Health until 1974. He returned to the Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania to complete his medical residency from 1974 to 1977. During that time, Karpf completed a fellowship in hematology/oncology and from 1976 to 1977 he served as chief medical resident at the Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania and Veterans Administration Hospital.

From 1976 to 1978, Karpf was an assistant professor of medicine (hematology/oncology department) in the Internal Medicine Department at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1978, Karpf went to the University of Miami School of Medicine where he served as an assistant professor of medicine.

In 1979, he was recruited to the University of Pittsburgh to develop a Division of General Internal Medicine. From 1979 to 1994, Karpf served in many capacities from assistant professor of medicine to the Falk Professor of General Internal Medicine and vice chairman of the Department of Medicine. He also held a joint appointment as professor of diagnostic services, dental medicine, Department of Diagnostic Services. At the University of Pittsburgh, Karpf was instrumental in restructuring the educational programs for medical students and housestaff as well as the clinical programs of the Department of Medicine.

From 1994 to 1995, Karpf served as senior vice president for clinical affairs at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, and professor of medicine at the Medical College of Pennsylvania-Hahnemann University.

In 1995, Karpf was recruited to the University of California, Los Angles. During his tenure, he integrated three hospitals into one corporate entity. He was responsible for the planning and rebuilding of two replacement hospitals and was instrumental in
developing a primary care network for UCLA. In addition, as a member of the senior leadership team of the UCLA Medical Enterprise, Karpf was instrumental in forging a working partnership between the practice plans and the hospital system. This partnership inspired the development of UCLA Healthcare as an integrated health delivery system. He is a member of the Executive Committee of California Hospital Association and the University Health System Consortium.

Karpf’s academic interests have been in developing and evaluating innovative educational and clinical programs. He also developed a strong presence in health services focusing on the evaluation and management of common medical problems at the University of Pittsburgh. At UCLA, he has been instrumental in establishing a Center for Medical Ethics and a Center for Patient Quality and Safety. He has received many honors and awards, published extensively, and has reviewed numerous journals. In addition, he has been involved in a wide range of civic and professional organizations.


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