U of M Names New Dean of Medical School

Pending approval by the Board of Regents in October, Dr. Aaron Friedman will replace current dean of the university's medical school, Dr. Frank Cerra.

Friedman, who is the current chair of the University of Minnesota's department of pediatrics, was named vice president for health sciences and dean of the Unviersity's Medical School last week by university President Robert Bruininks.

“This marks a significant milestone in a complex transition of leadership in the university's health sciences,” Bruininks said in a statement. “For more than two decades, Frank Cerra has provided transformative leadership at the Medical School and in the health sciences-and we are truly grateful for his service.”

“Aaron Friedman is an entrepreneurial and visionary change agent,” Bruininks added. “His personal integrity, high energy, and ability to work across academic and organizational boundaries make him the perfect person to lead our health sciences at this time.”

In addition to his current role in the Medical School, Friedman is currently pediatrician-in-chief at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital. He previously held a similar position in Rhode Island, and has won many awards and recognitions for his work and research in amino acid transport and factors influencing growth in chronic renal failure.

Beginning on October 15, Friedman will devote half of his time to “transitional issues,” the University of Minnesota said. He will begin in his new duties in January, pending approval by the board.

-Liala Helal