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    Dr. John Raymond Named President and CEO of The Medical College of Wisconsin

    John R. Raymond, MD, vice president for academic affairs and provost of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), has been named president and CEO of The Medical College of Wisconsin. Linda T. Mellowes, chairman of the Medical College’s Board of Trustees, announced that Dr. Raymond will assume office as the Medical College’s sixth president on July 1, 2010.

    John R. Raymond, MDDr. Raymond was selected by the Medical College’s Trustees to succeed T. Michael Bolger, JD, who will retire on June 30 after serving nearly 20 years as president and CEO. Bolger will assume the title and office of president emeritus.

    “The possibilities and potential for The Medical College of Wisconsin are without bounds,” said Mellowes. “John Raymond is an energetic and exceptional leader who will inspire collaboration and build on the Medical College’s record of accomplishments.”
    In accepting the Trustees’ offer to become president and CEO, Dr. Raymond said, “The Medical College of Wisconsin has dynamism, and I welcome the tremendous opportunity to lead an outstanding clinical, research and educational enterprise that is growing rapidly in scope, stature and prominence.”

    Dr. Raymond has served since 2003 as chief academic and research officer for the public, freestanding medical university in South Carolina. MUSC is an academic medical center comprised of six health sciences colleges and a university-owned hospital and medical practice with an annual budget exceeding $2 billion. The university conducts more than $200 million in funded research.

    “Complex institutions like The Medical College of Wisconsin require a visionary leader with extensive knowledge of academic medicine and research,” said Steven J. Smith, immediate past chairman of the Medical College’s Board of Trustees and chairman of the presidential search committee. “John Raymond has the wisdom, passion, and determination to help the Medical College achieve its next level of greatness.” Smith is chairman, CEO and president of Journal Communications, Inc.

    A practicing nephrologist who plays active roles in clinical care, teaching, and faculty mentorship, Dr. Raymond is also a medical researcher studying the basic mechanisms of kidney cell function. He has published over 100 full-length manuscripts and has received more than $38 million in competitive extramural funding.

    He is the recipient of 2009 Marcy Speer Outstanding Reviewer Award from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Center for Scientific Review, the highest honor for extraordinary commitment to peer review of NIH grant applications. Annually, approximately 16,000 reviewers assist the NIH with scientific evaluations of research grant applications as the NIH invests more than $20 billion in the most promising research grants, paving the path to biomedical breakthroughs that improve public health and save lives.

    Dr. Raymond joined the MUSC faculty in 1996 as the Dialysis Clinics Incorporated (DCI) Professor of Medicine. He served as associate chief of staff for research at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, SC, from 1998 to 2002. Dr. Raymond was MUSC’s associate provost for research from 2001-2006, and was interim vice president for academic affairs and provost for six months before being named to the position in 2003.

    He received his undergraduate and medical degrees with honors from The Ohio State University, and performed his internship, residency, chief residency and nephrology fellowship training at Duke University Medical Center. After completing his training, he joined Duke’s faculty where he rose through the ranks to attain tenure.

    Dr. Raymond serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Physiology – Renal Physiology, and Assay Drug Development Technology. He was selected for membership in both the Association of American Physicians and the American Society for Clinical Investigation. Among Dr. Raymond’s many honors are awards for excellence in leadership, research, teaching and clinical care from the Ohio Commission on Aging, Duke University Medical School, the American Federation for Clinical Research, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

    About The Medical College of Wisconsin:
    Founded in 1893, The Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee has a fourfold mission: education, discovery, patient care and public and community health. The Medical College is Wisconsin’s only private medical and health sciences graduate school providing education and training to more than 1,200 students. As the largest private non-profit research institution in the state, the Medical College conducts over $145 million annually in research. The Medical College has an operating budget of more than $850 million and has 5,000 employees, including 1,450 faculty members. The College’s 1,200 physicians care for more than 390,000 patients annually, representing 1.6 million patient visits.