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Dr. Robert Lash Elected UMHS Chief of Staff

dr elif oralRobert Lash, M.D.

ANN ARBOR (June 17, 2011) —Robert W. Lash, MD, Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes (MEND), was elected by the University of Michigan medical faculty as their new Chief of Staff in an election held in May. He will start his three-year term on July 1, 2011.

UMHS Chief Medical Officer Dr. Skip Campbell announced the election results at the May 10 meeting of the Executive Committee on Clinical Affairs, the medical staff leadership group that Dr. Lash will now chair. Dr. Campbell served as Chief of Staff in the Office of Clinical Affairs (OCA) for the past 10 years, and continued in that role on an interim basis after his promotion to the newly created position of CMO in May 2010.

“I look forward to continuing to work with Rob,” said Dr. Campbell. “He has been a great addition to the OCA leadership team as an Associate Chief, and now will be able to have an even greater impact in his new role. He will be the physicians’ voice at the Hospitals and Health Centers Executive Board.”

Dr. Lash will vacate his current post as an Associate Chief of Staff, to which he was appointed by Dr. Campbell in January 2010. The Associate Chiefs of Staff work with the Chief of Staff on a broad variety of projects, addressing issues of quality and safety throughout the health system. As Chief of Staff, Dr. Lash will provide oversight of the peer review process, credentialing and privileging, and enforcement of the Medical Staff Bylaws and Policies.

"Over the past 10 years, Dr. Campbell has led UMHS to its standing as one of the safest hospitals in the country,” said Dr. Lash. “I'm looking forward to continuing this work with him, and to representing the interests of the medical staff during a time of change and challenges."

In assuming the role of Chief of Staff, Dr. Lash will remain an active member of the MEND Division, with both inpatient and outpatient clinical responsibilities.

Dr. Lash joined the medical staff of the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers (UMHHC) in 1996, coming from the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine in Baltimore. He received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed his internship and residency at University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Lash did his endocrinology training at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

During his tenure at UMHHC, Dr. Lash has served as Fellowship Director of the Endocrinology and Metabolism Training Program, Co-Director of the Combined Endocrine-Obstetrics Clinic, Director of the Diabetes Disease Management Program , and Medical Director of our Diabetes Education Program.

Dr. Lash’s interests include medical education, diabetes mellitus, and osteoporosis. He is the recipient of numerous awards for teaching, including the Kaiser-Permanente Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching ,the Marvin Pollard Award for Outstanding Teaching of Residents, and the Richard Judge Award for Excellence in Medical Student Education. Dr. Lash is also the inaugural recipient of the Sisson Endowment for the Teaching of Clinical Skills, established with a gift from retired MEND faculty member James Sisson, and Dr. Sisson’s wife, Doris.