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Dr. Shapiro named new CEO of faculty practice plan, University Health Partners of Hawaiʻi

Date: July 7th, 2017 in External News, JABSOM News, University Health Partners (UHP)    Print or PDF

By Vina Cristobal, UHP

Dr. Larry J. Shapiro, dean emeritus of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, will join University Health Partners of Hawaiʻi (UHP) as its Chief Executive Officer, effective August 1, 2017.

UHP Board Chair Jerris R. Hedges, M.D., welcomes Dr. Shapiro, a renowned administrator, pediatrician and genetics researcher, to this key executive role.

“We are delighted that Dr. Shapiro will be joining us as our new CEO,” said Dr. Hedges, who is also the Dean of the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM). “With deep family ties to Hawaiʻi, Dr. Shapiro and his wife Carol have strong feelings of aloha for our island ʻohana. As a nationally recognized figure in academic and clinical medicine, he is well versed in health policy and the challenges of health care transformation. I am confident that he will play an important role in strengthening health care delivery and provider training in Hawaiʻi, and his substantial national and international leadership experience will help continue the growth of UHP, the faculty practice plan for the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaiʻi.”

The Shapiros, up close
Carol Shapiro was born and raised in Honolulu. She graduated from McKinley High School and then from the University of Hawaiʻi with a degree in Zoology. She worked for the University as a research assistant in several departments. These included Zoology, Pacific Biosciences Research Center, the (then) Cancer Research Center of Hawaiʻi, JABSOM, Kewalo Marine Lab,and Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology.

For 12 years, Dr. Shapiro served as dean and executive vice chancellor for medical affairs at Washington University School of Medicine, one of the top U.S. medical schools. After stepping down in 2015, Dr. Shapiro continued to serve on the medical school faculty.

An alumnus of Washington University School of Medicine, Dr. Shapiro completed a residency in pediatrics at St. Louis Children’s Hospital before embarking on his medical career. After a stint at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), he moved to the University of California, Los Angeles where he was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, and later to the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). At UCSF, he was a professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics and chief of pediatrics at the UCSF Children’s Hospital, which he helped to establish.

Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Shapiro has been the vice chair of the Council of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences; a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He also has served as president of several medical organizations, including the American Society of Human Genetics and the American Pediatric Society.

“Hawaiʻi has unique cultural attributes, which makes it a rich and rewarding environment for being engaged in healthcare,” said Dr. Shapiro.

“I am delighted to be joining UHP to assist in achieving the mission of enhancing health and healthcare in Hawaiʻi through the provision of high quality, patient-centered care, and by facilitating the educational and research activities at the University of Hawaiʻi John A. Burns School of Medicine,” said Dr. Shapiro. “Hawaiʻi has unique cultural attributes, which makes it a rich and rewarding environment for being engaged in healthcare. While there are many challenges in our current circumstances, it is through partnerships with our patients, other physicians and providers, hospital systems, and with government and third-party payers that I believe Hawaiʻi can continue to lead the way in health outcomes with our own special approach that respects all aspects of our diverse community. I am eager to work with the talented physicians, nurses and other professionals at UHP.”

About University Health Partners of Hawaiʻi
University Health Partners of Hawaiʻi (UHP) (formerly known as UCERA) serves as the faculty practice plan for the University of Hawaiʻi John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM). Originally incorporated in 1993, under the name University Health Care Associates, UHP was most recently known as University Clinical, Education & Research Associates (UCERA).

It is composed of about 160 medical doctors who provide medical services to the public. These doctors also double as teachers and mentors to JABSOM students, residents and fellows, who are in training at many of Hawaiʻi’s local hospitals and clinics. These health care providers are supported by about 210 men and women who assist in medical procedures and the administration of the practice.

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