Raphael Hirsch, MD, chair and departmental executive officer of the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics in the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, has accepted the position of chair of the University of California–San Francisco Department of Pediatrics and physician-in-chief at Benioff Children’s Hospital. It is anticipated that Hirsch will remain at the UI through the end of May.
Hirsch, who also serves as physician-in-chief of UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital and holds the Joel and Jay Stead Chair for Leadership of the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics, joined the UI in 2012. He was instrumental in the planning of the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital, which opened in February 2017. He has played a key role in recruiting new faculty, making it one of the fastest-growing pediatric departments in the country, as well as expanding clinical outreach across Iowa. We thank him for his years of service and leadership.
A national search for Hirsch’s successor will be underway. Details about interim leadership for the department will be forthcoming.