Dr. Gerald S. Levey, who is stepping down after 15 years as dean of the medical school and vice chancellorof medical sciences, rallies the troops on moving day in 2008 when hundreds of employees helped move patients to the new hospital.
In his 15 years at the helm of UCLA's medical enterprise, Dr. Gerald S. Levey helped bring an extraordinary endowment to the medical school and oversaw the creation of a world-class hospital, among numerous other accomplishments. On Jan. 31, this vice chancellor of medical sciences and dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine will pass the torch to Dr. A. Eugene Washington, who will assume the post on Feb. 1 upon the UC regents approval of his appointment.
While Levey will relinquish his role as leader of the health system, he will remain at UCLA as a professor, dean emeritus, consultant and, he hopes, author. He already has plans to work with others from UCLA on a complete documentation of construction of the hospitals and four medical research buildings. "I would also like to attempt to put into book form my views on the leadership of academic medical centers," Levey said. "There hasn't really been any attempt before to describe the qualifications or the personal characteristics of those doing the job I'm completing," Levey said. "Then I'd like to develop a course on leadership, pertinent to CEOs in academic medical centers."
In addition to the medical school with some 2,000 faculty and 725 students, there is the UCLA Health, which is composed of more than 75 clinics and four hospitals on two medical campuses - Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital and UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital in Westwood, and Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital. Every year UCLA serves 80,000 hospital patients and treats 1.5 million patients in clinics. It's Levey's firm sense of the hospital system's mission - to support groundbreaking research as well as to provide exceptional patient care - that has led to its greatness, Feinberg said. "When I meet with other hospital directors, I hear them fretting about the hospital wanting to go one way while the doctors want to go another. We don't have that problem," Feinberg said, "because Dr. Levey has figured out that the hospital is here to make the dreams and wishes of the faculty come true. The hospital is here because of the medical school."