President's Biography: Bruce Jarrell, MD, FACS

Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS, became interim president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) in January 2020 when former President Jay A. Perman, MD, began serving as chancellor of the University System of Maryland (USM). It was the latest in a long line of upward moves by Dr. Jarrell at UMB. He was named executive vice president and provost on Dec. 1, 2017, expanding his already wide-ranging duties at UMB.

Since being named chief academic and research officer and senior vice president in April 2012, Dr. Jarrell served as the focal point for all academic matters at UMB and was responsible for facilitating the research mission of the University by working closely with UMB administrators, deans, research leadership of the schools, and others. As executive vice president and provost, Dr. Jarrell had the authority to act on behalf of the president in a variety of matters and settings. Through and with the deans and vice presidents. Dr. Jarrell, who was dean of the Graduate School, also oversaw many of the University’s most critical institutional relationships, such as the 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 USM institutions.

Recruited by the University of Maryland School of Medicine to chair the Department of Surgery, Dr. Jarrell came to UMB in 1997 and moved to the Dean’s Office of the School of Medicine in 2003, where he served as the executive vice dean, directing the school’s education and research enterprises. Dr. Jarrell, who performed kidney and liver transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery for 10 years in the 1980s at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, joined UMB’s President’s Office in 2012.

He also is an accomplished metalsmith and member of the Blacksmith Guild of Central Maryland. Among Dr. 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 Dr. 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. Dr. Jarrell has written a number of books, including 2015 editions of the popular textbook NMS Surgery and the NMS Surgery Casebook.