President’s Posts

Michael Rao, Ph.D.

July 29, 2020

Dear VCU and VCU Health community,

After a months-long national search, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Art Kellermann, M.D., as Senior Vice President for Health Sciences and CEO of VCU Health System, beginning Oct. 1. 

Dr. Kellermann is one of our nation’s top medical researchers and scholars and an astute, effective, and inclusive administrator and leader in academic health care. He currently serves as dean of the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Maryland, which is the leadership academy for all military health-care providers and the U.S. Public Health Service. Previously, he held the Paul O’Neill-Alcoa Chair in Policy Analysis at the RAND Corporation. Before that, he was professor of emergency medicine and public health at Emory University, where also he served as founding director of the Emory Center for Injury Control, founding chair of emergency medicine, and associate dean for health policy in the school of medicine. 

Art will be instrumental in creating more alignment and collaboration between VCU and VCU Health, including by connecting our academic disciplines to enhance education, research, and clinical care. He will be the first person in the SVP/CEO role at VCU to also be a member of the National Academy of Medicine, recently serving on NAM’s Governing Council. He has also served on the National Academies of Sciences’ engineering and medicine committees addressing a wide range of topics including the prevention and control of violent behavior, the consequences of uninsurance, health promotion, biodefense, and the future of emergency care.

He is board certified in emergency medicine and internal medicine and is a fellow of both the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American College of Physicians. A prolific educator, researcher, and writer, he has authored or coauthored more than 250 peer-reviewed publications and served as senior editor for Out of the Crucible: How the U.S. Military Transformed Combat Casualty Care in Iraq and Afghanistan, a medical history book released in 2017.

Art holds a bachelor’s degree from Rhodes College, a doctor of medicine degree from Emory University, and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Washington.

I appreciate the persistent and dedicated work of our search committee, led by Marilyn Tavenner, VCU Health System Board of Directors, and Srirama Rao, Ph.D., vice president for Research and Innovation, for their comprehensive and very successful search. Senior leadership at the university and health system were also engaged throughout and provided thoughtful feedback, which I appreciated.

And I am particularly grateful to Peter Buckley, M.D., for his extraordinary interim leadership since January. He has done more than hold us steady, he has guided us well during difficult and unprecedented times, including through the Covid-19 crisis, to ensure we have continued providing the very best care to those who need us most. We are grateful for and will continue to benefit from his leadership as he continues his role as dean of our School of Medicine and VCU Health executive vice president for medical affairs.

As we continue to face today’s grand challenges in health care and education, the people we serve need our unparalleled commitments to them more than ever. I am thankful for the work we have done and continue to do, and I look forward to working with Dr. Kellermann and all of you to advance our mission.


Michael Rao, Ph.D.


VCU and VCU Health System

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