Letters to the UMB Community

UMSOM Dean: Meet the Candidate on Monday Feb. 28

February 23, 2022

Dear UMB Community,

I’d like to invite University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) faculty, staff, and students to participate in the last of four Meet the Candidate sessions for the position of dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

The in-person session will take place at MSTF Leadership Hall on Monday, Feb. 28, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

You will have the opportunity to hear from and ask questions of the candidate, Rainu Kaushal, MD, MPH  (see biographical information below). 

This is the last of these sessions. I am grateful for the work of the search committee in bringing such strong candidates for consideration to UMB. Thank you to those who participated in the previous sessions. I look forward to seeing many of you at MSTF Leadership Hall on Monday.


Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS





Rainu Kaushal, MD, MPH

Dr. Kaushal is a pediatric hospitalist, information scientist, and health services researcher who is the senior associate dean for Clinical Research and Nanette L. Laitman Distinguished Professor and chair of Population Health Sciences at Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM). In addition, she is the physician-in-chief of Population Health Sciences at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Her expertise is in patient safety, interoperable health information technology, and integrating social determinants to improve health care quality.

Dr. Kaushal was previously the chief for six years of the Division of Quality and Medical Informatics at WCM. She also served for eight years as director of Pediatric Quality and Safety at the Komansky Center for Children’s Health.

In 2005, Dr. Kaushal founded and became the executive director of HITEC, a consortium of four universities in New York whose mission is to conduct rigorous evaluations of initiatives being undertaken as part of a novel $450 million state program called “HEAL NY.”

She is double board-certified in internal medicine and pediatrics and completed her clinical residency at a combined program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital. She earned her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and her master’s degree in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

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