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E. ALBERT REECE

DEAN, UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT FOR MEDICAL AFFAIRS, UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, BALTIMORE

Originally from Jamaica, E. Albert Reece earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Long Island University; an M.D. degree from New York University School of Medicine; a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica; and an MBA from Temple University’s Fox School of Business & Management.

After completing his internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University Medical Center and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Yale University School of Medicine, he taught at Yale and Temple University, in Philadelphia. He then was an administrator at the University of Arkansas before being named dean at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2006.

During his tenure, the University of Maryland School of Medicine has seen unprecedented growth. Research funding has more than doubled, clinical practice locations have expanded from six to 60 locations, and the school’s global footprint has expanded to include research and treatment facilities in more than 30 countries.

Reece announced last year he would step down as dean this spring. He plans to return to the school’s faculty, where he also will head a new center.

“When the opportunity to serve as the dean of the first public university school of medicine in the United States came about, I knew I could not pass it up,” Reece said when asked what decision had the biggest impact on his career. “Serving as dean of the UMSOM has truly been an honor.”

Reece’s tenure at UMSOM, wrote the school’s chair emeritus, Michael E. Cryor, in a letter supporting his nomination for this award, “is marked by extraordinary growth and an elevated appreciation of the school as one of the nation’s premiere medical institutions. His leadership has been marked by the high quality of our students, the breath and significance of outstanding research, and a faculty dedicated to its practice and the value they provide to a national and international community.”

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