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McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine affiliated faculty member Derek Angus, MD, MPH, has been named University of Pittsburgh’s inaugural associate vice chancellor for health care innovation, a role that will complement his recent appointment as UPMC’s chief health care innovation officer and foster more strategic linkages between the two organizations to enable learning health systems.

In his new University role, Dr. Angus will work to stimulate the fusion of multiple disciplines and skills, blending expertise in clinical care delivery with organization science, decision psychology, machine learning, Bayesian trial designs, causal inference, implementation science and behavioral economics, among others.

Dr. Angus’ mandate is to enable learning while doing—to make smarter, faster decisions and create better integration across all of the translational, clinical, and health services and health policy domains on campus. In doing so, Dr. Angus will be supporting the entire health sciences community in working together more effectively and in concert with UPMC.

Dr. Angus will give equal attention to creative disruption in health sciences education. Progress in health care innovation requires the development of leaders and teams with considerable range across disciplines that have not necessarily been emphasized and have rarely been united in the same person or team. Thus, Dr. Angus will also be identifying opportunities to think about curricular innovations and novel training programs across the health sciences.

Dr. Angus is ideally positioned for his new roles. He is an internationally renowned and highly prolific scientist who has developed and led many successful multidisciplinary collaborations of basic scientists, clinicians, data scientists, economists, and behavioral and social scientists. In recent years, he has been a leader in developing and evaluating approaches that facilitate smarter decision-making and faster learning in health care, including novel Bayesian adaptive trial designs, the application of machine learning to large-scale data, and the use of behavioral economics and decision psychology to support optimal decision-making.

Dr. Angus is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom and has received multiple national and international honors. He completed medical school and internal medicine training at the University of Glasgow and affiliated teaching hospitals, and he completed a fellowship in critical care medicine and his MPH in health services administration at Pitt.

Congratulations, Dr. Angus!

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University of Pittsburgh Message from the Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences