By Brian Tibbs
UIC Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, Dr. Robert Barish, has been named to the 2022-2023 Board of Trustees of the Association of American Medical Colleges, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the health of people everywhere through medical education, healthcare, medical research, and community collaborations, a mission that aligns with that of UI Health.
Members of the Association include the 155 accredited medical schools in the United States and the 16 accredited medical schools in Canada; approximately 400 teaching hospitals and health systems, including Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and over 70 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the Association of American Medical Colleges directs and serves medical schools and teaching hospitals and the millions of people employed in academic medicine, including more than 191,000 faculty members. full-time, 95,000 medical students, 149,000 medical residents and 60,000 graduates. students and postdoctoral researchers in biomedical sciences.
“It is indeed an honor to join the Board of Directors of this esteemed and important organization, and I look forward to contributing my experience and background to its mission to advance excellence in healthcare,” said said Barish. “UI Health is already a leader among academic health companies. By collaborating with other health care leaders across the country, we can continue to advance education, care delivery and health equity.
Prior to joining UIC as Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, Barish served as Chancellor of LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport from 2009 to 2015, where he served as Director of Medical Schools, Allied Health and graduate programs; a major academic medical center; and two affiliated hospitals.
Barish spent 24 years on medical school at the University of Maryland. He was Chief of Emergency Medicine from 1985 to 1996 and established a nationally recognized program. He was appointed Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs in 1998 and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs in 2005.
That same year, following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast, Barish helped lead a medical regiment sent by the state of Maryland to provide emergency care to more than 6,000 victims of hurricane in Jefferson Parish.
In addition to his medical duties at Maryland, Barish earned an MBA from Loyola College in 1995. From 1996 to 1998, he was CEO of UniversityCARE, a University of Maryland physician-hospital network of health centers family oriented neighborhoods located in metro Baltimore.
Barish’s board appointment begins Nov. 15 and will conclude upon completion of Learn Serve Lead: The AAMC Annual Meeting in November 2023.