A notable clinician and researcher has assumed the position of dean and vice president for medical affairs for Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine.
Dr. Eric G. Neilson officially assumed his role on September 1. He succeeds Dr. J. Larry Jameson, who held the position from 2007 to 2010, and Dr. Jeffrey Glassroth, who served as interim dean starting January 1.
Neilson said he is excited to begin working with what he calls a “world-class medical accomplishments.”
Neilson has had years of experience in clinical practice, research and administrative tasks in academic medical centers.
Before assuming his position at NU, he served as chair of the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University from 1998 to 2010. Prior to that, Neilson spent 23 years working at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he held the positions of C. Mahlon Kline Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and director of the Penn Center for Kidney and Hypertensive Diseases.
Neilson said he and others at Feinberg are currently in the planning phases of implementing new facilities and programs, including renovating 100,000 square feet of space in the medical center. He did not disclose any other details about future projects, but said part of the job of working in an academic medical center is constantly surveying what can be improved.
“It’s a question of going from great to superb,” he said. “It’s an intimate process that needs to be paid attention about.”
Neilson said he is looking forward to working toward this unification.
“We’re building a brand around Northwestern Medicine. It’s a place of great accomplishment that adds value to the health of