Excerpt from Welcome School of Medicine Dean Jay Hess

University Tower
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Indianapolis, Indiana
September 10, 2013


Good afternoon.

Thank you for joining us to welcome the new University Vice President for Clinical Affairs and Dean of the IU School of Medicine, Dr. Jay Hess and his wife, Robin.

Since his selection in May and the approval of his appointment by the Board of Trustees in June, Jay has been in town a number of times for briefings and meetings with members of the School of Medicine and IU Health. But he officially began his new duties at the beginning of September, and we wanted to take this opportunity to formally welcome him to Indiana University.

I am delighted that two members of our Board of Trustees could be here today. Please join me in welcoming MaryEllen Bishop and her husband Michael, and Janice Farlow, our student Trustee.

I am also delighted to welcome Congressman Andre Carson, who represents Indiana’s 7th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. Would you join me in welcoming him?

Dr. Jay Hess

As most of you know, Craig Brater retired on June 30th after 27 years at Indiana University and 13 years as Dean of the IU School of Medicine.

We conducted an exhaustive, national search to identify the kind of top-flight talent IU needs to continue to strengthen the School of Medicine and our broader clinical affairs operations, and Jay rose to the top in what was an extremely competitive search.

Jay, as many of you know, comes to us from the University of Michigan Medical School, where he was the Carl V. Weller Professor and the chair of the Department of Pathology and professor of internal medicine.

The University of Michigan School of Medicine is, of course, among the top 10 medical schools in the United States and is the second-ranked medical school at a public university, just behind the University of California-San Francisco. So, Jay comes from an extremely eminent institution.

In addition to holding a leadership position at one of the nation's finest health systems, Dr. Hess is a recognized expert in pathology as well as on genetic and molecular changes that lead to cancer.

He also was a driving force behind the University of Michigan’s efforts to acquire the former Pfizer Research and Development Center in Ann Arbor and to convert that huge facility into a tech transfer operation for the university. I had the privilege of touring that facility when I was in Michigan a few months ago.

He also brings significant administrative experience to his new role, which will be invaluable given the size and complexity of IU's health-related operations.

The impact, of course, of the IU School of Medicine in Indiana is enormous. It is, of course, the second-largest medical school in the U.S. Approximately half of all the physicians in Indiana have received at least part of their medical education at IU. The school has established a leadership position in cardiovascular genetics and many other areas, and has gained a national reputation for its groundbreaking cancer research. It is home to the world's only healthy breast tissue bank devoted to cancer research.

The new IU Neurosciences Research Building, connected to the superb IU Health clinical neurosciences building, will offer researchers and clinicians a unique collaborative environment to produce new understanding and better therapies for diseases and maladies of the brain.

And, of course, the school has eight medical education centers around the state in addition to main campus here in Indianapolis and it has close relationships with IU Health and other major hospitals in the state.

I am confident that in his role as Vice President for University Clinical Affairs, Jay will work effectively with the deans of all our health sciences schools and the eight medical education centers across the state to build on the strong foundation laid by his predecessor.

Introduction to Jay Hess to Speak

Thank you, Dan [Evans] and Charles [Bantz].

Now, I am sure we would all be delighted to hear a few words from our newest colleague. Would you please join me in welcoming Dr. Jay Hess.