As we enter the final quarter of the year, I would like to announce an upcoming leadership change at the College of Medicine – Phoenix. Guy Reed, MD, MS, has announced that he will not seek another term as dean. While I am sorry to lose his leadership as dean, I am thrilled he is staying with the college and will return to his faculty position as a professor of internal medicine after a national search identifies the next dean.
Dean Reed is an internationally recognized cardiologist, physician-scientist, educator and health administrator, as well as a visionary leader. Upon joining the University of Arizona Health Sciences in April 2017, he set a strategic vision for the College of Medicine – Phoenix to achieve distinction in personalized medical education to prepare students to become exceptional physicians. His work toward that goal has resulted in transformational changes to the college and its students. Most recently, he led the college as it prepared for a Liaison Committee for Medical Education site visit that resulted in full reaccreditation for eight years, the longest accreditation period available.
When the COVID-19 pandemic threatened to disrupt medical student education, Dean Reed deftly navigated challenging circumstances and guided the College of Medicine – Phoenix with a calm and steady hand. His commitment to reducing Arizona’s physician shortage led to an expansion of class size at the College of Medicine – Phoenix from 80 to 120 medical students. His vision to improve the health of communities through patient care within a culture of inclusive excellence resulted in the Classes of 2025 and 2026 representing the largest, most academically accomplished and most diverse classes in the college’s history.
On the research front, Dean Reed established the Translational Cardiovascular Research Center to support the discovery of new treatments for cardiovascular disease. He also committed to growing the Translational Neurosciences department and developing the Children’s Research Center in collaboration with Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The college’s research expenditures experienced significant growth and new degree programs in clinical research and biomedical ethics were launched under his guidance. Additionally, Dean Reed built strong partnerships with Banner Health, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the Phoenix VA Health Care System to foster education and research.
As a physician-scientist, Dean Reed has published extensively in the areas of thrombosis and heart failure and holds more than 30 patents. Through grant support from the National Institutes of Health, he translated his laboratory research findings into an innovative, clot-dissolving therapy that is now in national clinical trials to treat patients with pulmonary embolism and ischemic stroke. I look forward to seeing his future research achievements, which I am confident will be a boon to the burgeoning research portfolio he fostered at the College of Medicine – Phoenix as its dean.
I am grateful for Dean Reed’s guidance and continued presence as a national search for a new dean begins. Please join me in thanking Dean Reed for his leadership and service to our community.
Michael D. Dake, MD
Senior Vice President for University of Arizona Health Sciences