Robert Simari, a physician and professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic, has been named the new executive dean of the University of Kansas School of Medicine, according to a news release.
Simari will begin his new position in March. He replaces Douglas Girod, who has served as interim executive dean since February 2013. Girod will continue in his position as the University of Kansas Medical Center executive vice chancellor.
Simari is currently the vice chairman of the division of cardiovascular diseases and co-director of the Mayo Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences.
He received his medical degree from KU in 1986 and completed a residency at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, which is affiliated with Harvard. He was also a fellow in cardiovascular diseases and interventional cardiology at the Mayo Clinic.