Collaboration, Local Ties Important to New UMB President
It was his vision of building bridges at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB)-bridges from school to school, bridges between the School of Medicine and the health care system, bridges to other campuses in the University System of Maryland-that helped lead to the appointment of Jay A. Perman, MD, as UMB president earlier this year.
"He emphasized how important it will be in the years to come for UMB to develop interprofessional education and research programs," says William E. Kirwan, PhD, MS, chancellor of the University System of Maryland. "As Jay put it, the problems we face today are often too complex to be solved by one discipline working in isolation." And, Kirwan says, "Because of his long history with the city, Jay understands Baltimore and the important role that UMB plays in its business, professional, and community life."
Perman, who will become president of UMB on July 1, is currently the dean and vice president for clinical affairs at the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Medicine.
Since joining the UK College of Medicine in May 2004, Perman has overseen the recruitment of nearly 200 faculty members-a 40 percent increase in the number of science faculty and a 30 percent increase in clinical department faculty.
Also during those six years, total all-source revenues have grown by $150 million, to $500 million in the current fiscal year. Based on the most recent data, the College of Medicine rose from 35th to 28th among public medical schools in total funding from the National Institutes of Health.
Perman also managed the implementation of external educational partnerships supporting the UK colleges of medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, public health, and health sciences.
And he says his appreciation for the "tremendous opportunity of collaboration" among schools at UK-collaboration in studying, learning, and investigating-has grown. "We need to do more of that here," he says of UMB, as well as reach out further into neighboring communities "and, in fact, the entire state of Maryland."
Perman's ties to Baltimore include serving as chair of the pediatrics department at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and as a leader of several divisions at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
The Chicago native and his wife, Andrea, a research nurse, raised a family in Baltimore and their daughter, Marissa Perman, MD, along with her husband, Benjamin Laskin, MD, are 2005 alumni of the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
"I cannot wait to be re-engaged in this very special community and this wonderful institution," Jay Perman says. "I am deeply honored and humbled to be asked to come back. It is truly coming home."
Perman will succeed David J. Ramsay, DM, DPhil, who was the UMB president from 1994 until stepping down in March of this year. E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and dean of the School of Medicine, is currently the acting president.
(Reprinted by permission from the VOICE. Ronald Hube and Mike Lurie authors.)