Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land’s chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer re­signs

The Capital - - NEWS - By Liz Bowie [email protected]­sun.com twit­ter.com/lizbowie

The Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land Med­i­cal Sys­tem’s chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer re­signed this week, cut­ting ties with the uni­ver­sity he has been as­so­ci­ated with for 28 years.

Dr. Stephen T. Bartlett was one of the high­est paid em­ploy­ees of the state of Mary­land, earn­ing $951,000 in 2017, ac­cord­ing to the state salary data­base. He was ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of the med­i­cal sys­tem, as well as a tenured, en­dowed pro­fes­sor and direc­tor of the trans­plan­ta­tion pro­gram.

In a press re­lease, the uni­ver­sity said: “We ex­tend our ap­pre­ci­a­tion to Dr. Bartlett for the many sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions he has made dur­ing his 28-year­as­so­ci­a­tion with the or­ga­ni­za­tions and of­fer our very best wishes on his fu­ture en­deav­ors.”

Karen Lan­caster, a spokes­woman for the uni­ver­sity med­i­cal sys­tem, would not say whether Dr. Bartlett was re­tir­ing or tak­ing an­other po­si­tion.

“There is no ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion I can pro­vide,” she said.

Bartlett could not im­me­di­ately be reached for com­ment.

The uni­ver­sity, which has been ap­point­ing more women to prom­i­nent po­si­tions in the med­i­cal sys­tem, named Dr. Michelle A. Gour­dine, cur­rently se­nior vice pres­i­dent for pop­u­la­tion health and pri­mary care at UMMS, to serve as the in­terim chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer un­til a na­tional search is con­ducted.

A na­tional search will also be con­ducted for a new direc­tor of trans­plan­ta­tion.

Bartlett had been ap­pointed sur­geon in chief in Au­gust 2015 and chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer in May 2018.


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