Our department's very own Distinguished Professor Thomas Rice has accepted Chancellor Block and Provost Waugh's request to serve as interim dean of the Fielding School of Public Health, effective July 1, 2012.
Dr. Rice has been a member of the UCLA faculty since 1991-- he has contributed many years of academic leadership and service, and an outstanding research and teaching career. As a distinguished professor of the Health Services Department, he served as the department chair from 1996 to 2000 and from 2003 to 2004. He also was vice chancellor for academic personnel from 2006 to 2011, serving as the senior campus official responsible for academic appointments, promotions, advancements, recruitment and retention. A health economist, Dr. Rice was editor of the journal Medical Care Research and Review from 1994 to 2000, has testified on health policy issues before the U.S. Congress numerous times, and was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2006. His areas of interest include health insurance, competition, physicians’ economic behavior and Medicare.
Fielding School of Public Health will continue to function smoothly under his leadership during this period of transition. Congratulations and Welcome, Dr. Rice!