In Memoriam: Former School of Medicine Dean James Mongan, M.D.

James Mongan, M.D.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine regrets to announce the passing of James J. Mongan, M.D.

Dr. Mongan died Tuesday, May 3, at Massachusetts General Hospital. He served as dean of the School of Medicine from 1987 to 1996. In addition to serving as dean of the UMKC School of Medicine, Dr. Mongan also served for 15 years as executive director of Truman Medical Center, one of the School’s primary teaching hospitals. In recent years, he served as a professor of health care policy and a professor of social medicine at Harvard Medical School.

From 2003 to 2010, Dr. Mongan was the president and chief executive officer of Partners HealthCare in Boston, an integrated health system founded in 1994 by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Prior to being appointed president and CEO of Partners, Dr. Mongan was president of Massachusetts General Hospital, the largest and oldest teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

In 1996, the UMKC School of Medicine established the Mongan Fellowship in Health Care Policy, a one-month elective offered annually to a Year 6 student to work with Dr. Mongan and learn health policy from one of the nation’s most renowned health policy experts.

Beginning in 1970, Dr. Mongan spent 11 years in Washington as staff to the Senate Finance Committee, working on Medicare and Medicaid legislation. He later served in the Carter administration as deputy assistant secretary for health and then at the White House as associate director of the domestic policy staff.

Dr. Mongan was a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and served on the boards of the Kaiser Family Foundation and American Hospital Association (AHA). In 2010, Dr. Mongan received the AHA Distinguished Service Award, the Association’s highest honor. He was a member of both the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission established by Congress and the Institute of Medicine’s Commission on the Consequences of Uninsurance.

A native of San Francisco, Dr. Mongan received his undergraduate education at the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University, and his medical degree from Stanford University Medical School. He completed his internship at the Kaiser Foundation Hospital in San Francisco and served for two years in the U.S. Public Health Service.

Please join School of Medicine Dean Betty M. Drees, M.D., in extending our condolences to Dr. Mongan’s family, friends and to all the people whose lives Dr. Mongan touched throughout his exemplary career as an educator, administrator and health policy expert.

At this time, funeral arrangements are still incomplete. We will share that information with you when we receive the details.

Boston Globe article on Dr. Mongan.

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