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Bruce Jarrell, MD, FACS
Bruce Jarrell, MD, FACS
Executive Vice President, Provost, and Dean of the Graduate School
Bruce Jarrell was named executive vice president and provost on Dec. 1, 2017, expanding his already wide-ranging duties at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB).
Since being named chief academic and research officer and senior vice president in April 2012, Jarrell has served as the focal point for all academic matters at UMB and is responsible for facilitating the research mission of the University by working closely with UMB administrators, the deans, the research leadership of the schools, and other individuals.
As executive vice president and provost, Jarrell has the authority to act on behalf of the president in a variety of matters and settings, and represent him — and the interests of the University — in activities for which he cannot be present and within their respective areas of control.
Through and with the deans and vice presidents, Jarrell works to further the University’s core values among faculty, staff, and students in the leadership, management, and promotion of the institution’s education, research, clinical, and community engagement agendas.
Jarrell, who is dean of the Graduate School, also oversees many of the University's most critical institutional relationships, such as University of Maryland Strategic Partnership: MPowering the State, UMB’s innovative and structured collaboration with the University of Maryland, College Park, and in building and maintaining academic interactions with all University System of Maryland institutions.
Recruited by the University of Maryland School of Medicine to chair the Department of Surgery, Jarrell came to UMB in 1997. Under Jarrell's leadership, the Department of Surgery expanded its surgical programs and developed innovative research studies and clinical trials, and was ranked 11th nationally in total research funding from the National Institutes of Health. In 2003, Jarrell moved to the Dean’s Office of the School of Medicine, where he served as the executive vice dean, directing the school's education and research enterprises. Jarrell also served as the Institutional Official for Human Research Protection and Animal Research Protection. He has remained actively involved in research and medical student education throughout his career.
Jarrell received his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware in 1969 and his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in 1973. He completed a surgical residency and transplantation fellowship at the Medical College of Virginia and practiced general and vascular surgery in Dover, Del., for two years. In 1980, he joined the faculty at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, where he performed kidney and liver transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery for 10 years. Jarrell was recruited to the University of Arizona in 1990 to chair its Department of Surgery, before coming to UMB in 1997.
Jarrell has written a number of books, including 2015 editions of the popular textbook NMS Surgery and the NMS Surgery Casebook. In 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2003, he received the student council faculty teaching award from students at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. In 2002, Jarrell received the "Golden Apple" award for best clinical faculty member.
He also is an accomplished metalsmith and member of the Blacksmith Guild of Central Maryland. Among Jarrell’s numerous creations are the mace holder he made for the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2006, the mace holder he crafted for University President Jay A. Perman’s inauguration in 2010, and the Davidge Elm tree window art that he and Ukrainian blacksmith Anatoliy Rudik created in 2012 that was installed in the University’s Southern Management Corporation Campus Center.