May 2010 Volume 34 No. 5

Bohman remains chief of staff for extra year
after Rubin announces move to Duke

Current Chief of Staff Bryan D. Bohman will continue in that post for an additional year because Vice Chief of Staff Geoffrey D. Rubin is leaving Stanford in August to become chair of radiology at Duke University School of Medicine.

Rubin had been scheduled to replace Bohman on May 1.

Ann Weinacker, recently elected vice chief of staff will move into the COS job a year early when Bohman steps aside after his extended term in May 2011.

“It has been a great privilege to serve as your vice chief of staff during these past two years,” Rubin said in his email announcement to the Medical Staff. “As the date approaches for what I had expected would be the beginning of my two-year term as chief of staff, I must announce that I cannot serve in this capacity,”

Rubin also reported that the Bylaws Committee had drafted changes, subsequentlyadopted by the Medical Staff and Hospital Board, to allow Bohman to continue for an additional year and to allow Weinacker to take the top job a year early.

“I have many thoughts that I wish to share with you at this time, but I will reserve them for the May Medical Staff Update,” Rubin continued.

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“Being elected to serve as your chief of staff stands as one of the greatest honors that I have received. I am sorry that I cannot fulfill this commitment, but I am confident that the SHC medical staff will continue to thrive under Bryan’s and Ann’s excellent leadership,” Rubin added.

Bohman said, “It’s a real loss for the Medical Center to lose Geoff to Duke. But of course it’s a great opportunity for him and everybody here wishes him nothing but the best in his new position. It’s been a privilege for me to work closely with Geoff on Medical Staff affairs over the past couple of years and his advice, assistance and friendship have been invaluable. While I was truly looking forward to his contributions as chief of staff, I’m also very excited about Ann Weinacker’s potential to continue to expand the Medical Staff’s engagement and influence at SHC.

Rubin, SHC’s first elected vice chief of staff, is a professor of radiology (diagnostic radiology) whose clinical and research interests involve cardiovascular and pulmonary imaging [see Rubin profile]. Since 2005, he has served as associate dean for clinical affairs at Stanford. Other leadership posts include chief of the Section of Cardiovascular Imaging, since 2000, and medical director of the 3D Laboratory, since 1996.

Weinacker, who was a member of the Medical Executive Committee when elected VCOS, [see Weinacker profile] has served for 11 years as associate director of the Intensive Care Unit and is chair of the Emergency Medical Response Team Committee. She is associate professor of medicine (pulmonary and critical care). In November 2009, Weinacker was appointed one of six leaders of a joint School of Medicine and SHC partnership to actively design, guide and implement strategies to improve the patient experience at Stanford.

“Geoff’s departure is bittersweet news,” Weinacker said. “I am truly happy for him, but I regret that I won’t have the chance to work with him over the next two years. I feel fortunate that I will, however, have the opportunity to work with and learn from Bryan Bohman in the coming year before assuming the role of chief of staff.