Office of the Chair
Valerie P. Castle, M.D.
Chair, Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases; Ravitz Foundation Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases; Professor of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Valerie Castle, was appointed Chair for the Department of Pediatrics September 1, 2003. Prior to becoming Chair, Dr. Castle was Associate Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs at the University of Michigan Health System and past Associate Chair for Research within the Department.
Dr. Castle oversees the efforts within the Department in continuing the mission of excellent education, clinical care, and research.
Hilary M. Haftel, M.D., M.H.P.E.
Associate Chair for Education
The Associate Chair for Education has responsibility for oversight and coordination of all departmentally sponsored educational programs. These include the core medical student clerkship, sub-internships, electives, the pediatric residency, and the various pediatric sub-specialty fellowship programs. CME programs including Board Review and Grand Rounds are also managed within education. Pediatric education is also engaged in educational research and the development of socio-cultural curricula for trainees and faculty. The Associate Chair for Education, Hilary M. Haftel, M.D., M.H.P.E., is a Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Rheumatology.
Albert P. Rocchini, M.D.
Associate Chair for Clinical Services
The Associate Chair for Clinical Services is involved in a variety of activities related to provision of clinical care with C. S. Mott Children's Hospital and communications with community physicians. Albert P. Rocchini, M.D., Associate Chair for Clinical Affairs, is a Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Cardiology.
Chris J. Dickinson, M.D.
Pediatric Associate Chief Medical Officer (PACMO)
C.S. Mott Children's Hospital
First is a focus on patient safety. Ongoing efforts in these areas include the Pediatric Medication Safety Committee that has made significant changes in pediatric medication and administration. For example, we have standardized continuous infusions which have decreased the number of adverse events. We are also responsible for instituting the JCAHO’s national patient safety goals in Mott Hospital. Lastly, we conduct patient safety rounds on all the inpatient units in Mott Hospital to see direct feedback from frontline personnel as to their specific patient safety concerns.
The second area is the quality of care. This includes continuing support for databases to accurately measure our quality of care. Examples would include our Vermont-Oxford database in the neonatal intensive care unit and the virtual PICU database. We also chair the serious adverse events that occur in Mott to determine a root cause of these events so that they can be prevented in the future. Lastly our office assists the Associate Chair for Clinical Affairs in developing a meaningful peer review system for the department.
Third, our office assists with important safety and quality initiatives associated with hospital administration. Examples, of this include sedation privileges and safe sedation practices for our patients throughout Mott hospital. We also are extensively involved in new hospital planning, upgrading pieces of equipment such as monitors, and finally actively participate in bed utilization during times of high census.
Chris Dickinson, M.D., is a Professor of Pediatrics in the the Division of Gastroenterology.
Associate Chair for Research
The Associate Chair for Research works with the Chair to oversee activities pertaining to the research goals of the Department. This includes developing and implementing research initiatives and mechanisms to ensure ongoing support for a growing research infrastructure.
The Associate Chair for Research oversees the Pediatric Research Office (PRO) staff who provide support to research faculty for extramural funding, research compliance, and research facilities and equipment.
The Associate Chair for Research also chairs the Pediatric faculty Research Advisory Committee (RAC) that advises the Chair on all matters pertaining to its research portfolio, including space review, research administration, funding opportunities, and the annual Pediatric Research Symposium.
Macdonald Dick, II, M.D.
Associate Chair for Faculty Affairs
The Associate Chair for Faculty Affairs primarily supervises, as a non-voting member, the Departmental Advisory Committee on Appointments and Promotions. There are currently two advisory committees; one for the Instructional Track, which also handles the Research Track and another for the Clinical Track. The Promotions Committee meets in the spring and reviews each of the faculty submitted by their respective Division Chiefs for consideration for promotion. Additionally, the two Advisory Committees review each of the faculty who has an appointment as Lecturer through Associate Professor every three years to ascertain progress of the faculty toward promotion. The Associate Chair for Faculty Affairs is a member of the Faculty Mentoring Committee, which is devoted toward assuring sufficient supervision of junior faculty in the Instructional Track in terms of their progress in the laboratory. As needed, the Associate Chair participates in chairing faculty recruits at the Divisional level. The Pediatric Associate Chair for Faculty Affairs, Macdonald Dick II M.D. is a Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Cardiology, and Director of the Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program .
Jamie Dimond, M.B.A.
Chief Department Administrator
The Chief Department Administrator (CDA) manages the fiscal, administrative, and personnel activities within the Department of Pediatrics in partnership with the Chair. Total annual fiscal operations exceed $53M (clinical and research), and the CDA is expected to maintain the fiduciary integrity of the Department and identify, evaluate, and recommend improvements to existing operations.
The CDA also has responsibility for the performance and operational effectiveness of the Department's fifteen (15) Divisions. Many of the Divisions are nationally-known (Cardiology, Neonatology, Hematology/Oncology, as examples) and all include highly skilled and accomplished clinicians and researchers.
Other primary focus areas include:
- Development and communication of the strategic plan/objectives for the department.
- Management of the departmental finances, budget/forecast, internal controls, and analysis.
- Enhancement of professional Revenue Cycle (pre-service and billing/collections) functions.
- New program development and external marketing (outreach) activities.
- Optimization of clinical operations and improved efficiency within patient care services.
- Development and professional growth of staff within the Divisions and Department.
Gary L. Freed, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Chair for External Affairs
The Department of Pediatrics has a strong commitment to consistently improving its relationship with graduates of our training programs and with physicians in our community. Through educational programs, both at the annual medical school alumni gathering, as well as several times during the year, we provide opportunities for pediatricians to stay up to date with developments and discoveries within our own department and maintain their knowledge and skills regarding a host of pediatric clinical issues. The Department also hosts our annual "museum event" which brings together University of Michigan pediatric faculty with area community physicians at one of Ann Arbor's cherished cultural attractions, the University of Michigan Museum of Art. To stay in touch with alumni and friends around the country, we also host receptions at major national pediatric meetings. The Pediatric Associate Chair for External Affairs, Gary Freed, M.D., is a Professor of Pediatrics and the Director in the Division of General Pediatrics. In addition, Dr. Freed is the Director of the Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Unit.