The School of Medicine announced that Steven D. Waldman, M.D., JD, has been appointed vice dean for strategic initiatives and stewardship. In this role, he will be involved in all initiatives with a major strategic importance to the School of Medicine.
The appointment, announced by School of Medicine Interim Dean Mary Anne Jackson, M.D., took effect on April 15.
Waldman is a 1977 graduate of the School of Medicine. His roles will include developing new strategies for increasing student enrollment and furthering collaborations with regional partners. He will also coordinate new innovative infrastructure projects within the school.
As physician liaison to the UMKC Foundation, he will facilitate closer relationships with School of Medicine alumni and increase opportunities to enhance UMKC branding and fundraising in surrounding areas. He will also serve as the School of Medicine partner to the newly appointed president of the UMKC Foundation.
“All of these functions will serve to elevate the academic reputation of the medical school,” Jackson said.
Waldman previously served as associate dean and chair of the Department of Medical Humanities and Bioethics and professor of anesthesiology. He was also part of an integral team that led the school’s preparation for a successful 2018 LCME survey visit.
A prolific writer and author of more than 36 books and numerous scientific publications, he will continue to maintain his clinical practice in pain management.