May 19, 2006

Raiford named associate dean for Faculty Affairs

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David Raiford, M.D.

Raiford named associate dean for Faculty Affairs

David Raiford, M.D., was named associate dean for Faculty Affairs in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine at Wednesday's executive faculty meeting.

He succeeds the late Tom Hazinski, M.D., who passed away in January due to a sudden cardiac arrest. Hazinski had served in the position since it was created in 2004.

The associate dean for Faculty Affairs is responsible for administrative issues associated with faculty appointments and promotions, conflicts of interest, orientation and training, special individual faculty issues and faculty development.

Raiford, professor of Medicine, will begin working on some aspects of his new role immediately and expects to become fully engaged over the next few months. He will continue as director of the Vanderbilt Hepatology program.

“I feel honored to be asked to serve in this important leadership role,” he said.

“It will be a privilege to be an advocate for the medical school faculty, and I look forward to developing further many of the innovative initiatives started by Dr. Hazinski.”

Raiford will report to VUSM Dean Steven Gabbe, M.D., and is a member of the Dean's Council.

“David has been very active in virtually every aspect of the medical school,” Gabbe said.

“And he has a wonderful understanding of issues relating to faculty.”

Gabbe said Raiford was selected from a pool of 12 applicants for the position.