VCU Appoints Arturo P. Saavedra Dean of VCU School of Medicine and VCU Health Executive VP for Medical Affairs – VCU News

Virginia Commonwealth University announced today that Arturo P. Saavedra, MD, Ph.D., has been appointed dean of VCU School of Medicine, effective April 15. He will also serve as executive vice president, medical affairs, VCU Health System.

Saavedra comes to VCU from the University of Virginia, where he is chair of the Department of Dermatology and interim president and CEO of the University of Virginia Physicians Group. In these roles, Saavedra collaborates with other leaders to drive continuous improvement in the quality and value of care as well as set strategy and ensure the operational and financial performance of the physician group. His nomination follows a national search.

Prior to his current roles, Saavedra served as chief of population health and health policy for the University of Virginia Health System and chief of ambulatory strategy and operations for the medical center. He was also responsible for ensuring that UVA Health responded to local, regional and national health needs and policies.

Saavedra has extensive experience in academic medicine and administrative leadership. As a clinician and researcher, Saavedra specializes in the care of complex medical dermatology, with particular interest in HIV dermatology, severe drug reactions that manifest with dermatological complications, and the care of cancer and post-transplant patients.

“I am delighted to welcome Dr. Saavedra to VCU and our School of Medicine,” said Michael Rao, Ph.D., president of VCU and VCU Health. “Dr. Saavedra shares our commitment to putting the needs of students and patients first. His work at UVA demonstrates a deep understanding of medical care and health policy at all levels, experiences that will be invaluable as he guides our work to educate the next generation of physicians and researchers.”

Marlon Levy, MD, interim senior vice president of VCU Health Sciences and interim CEO of VCU Health System, said Saavedra is a highly regarded and results-oriented medical leader who will bring unparalleled passion and energy to VCU and the communities it serves .

“With his deep knowledge, bold thinking, and strategic vision, I am confident his leadership will uplift the school’s distinguished research, clinical and educational missions,” Levy said.

Saavedra is also senior editor of Fitzpatrick’s Color Atlas and Synopsis of Clinical Dermatology, the most widely read dermatological atlas for the diagnosis and treatment of skin diseases.

“I am very impressed with VCU’s unwavering commitment to its mission and its citizenry,” said Saavedra. “I look forward to being a part of this great university, learning and growing with it, and building strong partnerships to advance all of the School of Medicine’s goals.”

Saavedra graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences. She then earned combined medical and doctoral degrees from the University of Pennsylvania with specialized training in pharmacology. After completing his internal medicine residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he was selected to be chief physician in residence, Saavedra graduated from the Harvard Combined Dermatology Residency Training Program and completed his fellowship in dermatopathology.

Saavedra replaces David Chelmow, who has served as interim dean since early 2022.