UK HealthCare

Third Candidate for EVPHA Set to Interact With Campus Wednesday

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 27, 2017) — The executive dean for a highly ranked medical school nationally will be the third and final candidate for executive vice president for health affairs (EVPHA) to visit the University of Kentucky campus this week.

Wesley Burks, who has been executive dean at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 2015, also serves as part of the senior leadership team of the UNC Health Care System. He will appear in two public forums on the UK campus, Wednesday, June 28:

  • 7:30 a.m. Pavilion A Auditorium, Chandler Hospital
  • 4:30 p.m. Pavilion A Auditorium, Chandler Hospital

At each forum Burks, a former chair of pediatrics at UNC, will speak for about 20 minutes on the future of the academic medical center and then take questions for about a half hour. Burks was previously at Duke University and the University of Arkansas.

Burks will also participate in a variety of meetings with clinical and campus leaders throughout his visit to UK. His full vitae can be found at the EVPHA search website as well as a form for providing feedback about each candidate following the forum.

The other two finalists for this position appeared on campus Monday and Tuesday, with public forums both days at 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the Pavilion A Auditorium at Chandler. Resumes are being posted approximately 24 hours prior to campus visits by the candidates. Feedback from all the forums is due by the close of business, Friday, June 30.

President Eli Capilouto convened a search committee several months ago to review and interview candidates. It is co-chaired by Eric N. Monday, executive vice president for finance and administration, and Wendy Hansen, chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and is composed of physicians, administrators, deans and staff.

The search committee – in consultation with Capilouto – interviewed several candidates recently. Capilouto extended invitations to the three finalists appearing on campus this week. The expectation is to extend an offer and have a new EVPHA transitioning in the coming weeks.

The new EVPHA will succeed Dr. Michael Karpf, who has led UK HealthCare for nearly 15 years through a remarkable transformation, growing to a $1.5 billion enterprise with nearly 40,000 inpatient discharges and 1.5 million clinic and outpatient hospital visits annually.

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