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The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is looking for a few good administrators.

Dr. Cam Patterson, the new chancellor who started on Friday, is expected to appoint committees for national searches to find a new dean for the College of Medicine and a new director of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute.

As you may recall, Dr. Pope Moseley resigned in February as executive vice chancellor and dean of the College of Medicine. He returned to the faculty to pursue his research. Moseley was one of several administrators who said this year that they were leaving their administrative positions at UAMS. Moseley’s salary for the current fiscal year is $600,000 plus $100,000 in deferred compensation.

And last month, Dr. Peter Emanuel announced he was resigning as director of the Cancer Institute at UAMS on July 31. Emanuel, who joined UAMS in 2007, has an annual salary of $500,000.

Dan Riley, the CFO for UAMS’ Medical Center, also submitted his resignation in January, but said he would stick around until the end of June. Riley’s annual salary is $281,177.

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UAMS spokeswoman Leslie Taylor said in an email that UAMS hopes to have someone in Riley’s position within the next week or so.

Also back in January, Mark Kenneday, UAMS’ vice chancellor for campus operations, announced his retirement effective June 30. Kenneday’s annual salary is $240,899.

“The vice chancellor for campus operations position is being reconfigured as an associate vice chancellor’s position reporting to CFO Bill Bowes,” Taylor wrote.

The Heart of the Matter
As of last week, UAMS was still looking for a replacement for Dr. Gareth Tobler, who said in August that he was retiring in April from the Department of Surgery.

UAMS launched a national search for his replacement as soon as he made his announcement, but couldn’t find one by April.

“These candidates are in high demand at programs across the country,” Taylor said in an email last week.

Without a replacement for Tobler, the medical school decided to temporarily suspend its cardiac surgery program.

Cardiac surgery and physician revenue generated $5 million for UAMS in its fiscal year that ended June 30, 2017. The year before, it was $4.5 million.

Tobler’s annual salary was $195,000.

Still, UAMS expects to restore its cardiac surgery program “in a matter of days to weeks,” Taylor said. “Although we have temporarily suspended open heart surgeries, that has not compromised our ability to continue to treat heart patients and provide other heart procedures including cardiac catheterizations and drug studies.”

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