University of Rochester

Dr. Jay H. Stein Appointed Vice President/vice Provost For Health Affairs

June 19, 1995

Jay H. Stein, M.D., senior vice president and provost of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, has been named vice president and vice provost for health affairs at the University of Rochester. The appointment is effective Aug. 1, 1995.

At Rochester, he will be the senior administrative officer for the University's Medical Center, which includes the 736-bed Strong Memorial Hospital, the School of Medicine and Dentistry, and the School of Nursing. The medical and nursing school deans will report to him; in addition, the hospital's general director will report administratively to him, as will the director of the University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group. Stein will report to the president and provost for administrative and academic matters.

"I have long regarded the University of Rochester's Medical Center as one of the outstanding academic health institutions in the country," Stein said. "And I also know that the University itself is one of the nation's preeminent universities. It is very exciting to be associated with such a fine institution in these incredibly changing times for health care, and for medical and nursing education."

"This really is one of the key administrative positions at our University," said President Thomas H. Jackson. "In Jay Stein, we have someone who is thoroughly versed in the intricacies of overseeing an enterprise that is both academic and clinical in nature. His success in Oklahoma speaks volumes about what we can expect in Rochester. We are delighted that he will join us."

"The search committee's excellent efforts have brought to the University of Rochester a truly distinguished national leader in medicine," said Provost Charles E. Phelps, committee chair. "Dr. Stein is an excellent choice for us in many important ways. He's a distinguished scholar; he has proven his administrative abilities as the leader of another academic medical center; and, finally, his enthusiasm and energy make us all look forward to working with him as he joins the leadership of the Medical Center for the coming years."

Stein has been senior vice president and provost of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center since 1992, also holding the rank of professor of medicine. During the previous 15 years he was chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. During his years at San Antonio (from 1975 to 1992), he had also served as professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Renal Diseases. He taught at the Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, Ohio, from 1969 to 1975.

A widely respected nephrologist (specializing in diseases of the kidney), his areas of expertise include disorders of sodium and potassium balance, and the pathophysiology of acute renal failure. He is the editor-in-chief of Internal Medicine, considered one of the major textbooks on the subject; editor of the textbook series Contemporary Issues in Nephrology; and editor-in-chief of the journal Focus & Opinion: Internal Medicine. In 1993 he was elected a master of the American College of Physicians.

Stein has been responsible for the overall administration of the Health Sciences Center, which employs 3,000 faculty and staff members and has a budget of more than $200 million. The Health Sciences Center is Oklahoma's principal education facility for physicians, nurses, dentists, biomedical scientists, pharmacists, public health administrators, and a wide range of allied health professionals. It includes seven colleges and provides the medical staffs for the University Hospital, Children's Hospital of Oklahoma, and the Veterans' Affairs Medical Center, in addition to maintaining affiliate training programs at other regional institutions.

During Stein's tenure as senior vice president and provost, research awards secured by faculty and staff members increased by 40.6 percent (to a projected $30.5 million in the 1994-95 year).

Major capital projects since his arrival include a $7.75 million Family Medicine Building, now completed; construction of the first phase of the Oklahoma Health Center Biotechnology Park; planned construction of a $45.1 million Biomedical Research Center; and groundbreaking this summer for a $3.5 million student center.

Also under Stein's leadership, the Oklahoma Telemedicine Network of approximately 60 hospitals statewide was established. This innovation in rural health care features multimedia electronic mail, Internet access, and teleradiology hardware and software.

A Chicago native, Stein earned his bachelor's and medical degrees from the University of Tennessee. He did his internship and residency at the State University of Iowa Hospital, Iowa City, and took his nephrology training in Dallas at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He and his wife, Susan, have four children.


NOTE TO EDITORS: Dr. Stein will be available to speak with reporters at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 20, at R. Plato Schwartz Library (G-5527). Call 275-3676 (Medical Center Public Relations) in advance if you plan to attend.

Comments from Leo Brideau, general director and CEO of Strong Memorial Hospital:

"Dr. Stein will bring a tremendous amount of experience and energy to us and I am enthusiastically looking foward to working with him. He should be a great asset to the medical center and the community."

Comments from Marshall Lichtman, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry:

"Jay Stein is an excellent choice for this key position at the University. He has had a distinguished career in academic medicine as a physician, researcher, and administrator. This scope of experience will ensure that as we address the dramatic changes anticipated in health care, we will enhance the academic programs that are the essence of a university medical center."

Comments from Sheila Ryan, Ph.D., R.N., dean of the School of Nursing:

"Dr. Stein brings exceptional credentials to the medical center, and the School of Nursing will benefit greatly from his skills and experience. Because of his background, he understands the importance of nursing's role in the future delivery of health care and will help foster the School of Nursing's strong tradition of education, professional practice, and research. We look forward to his guidance."