Phyllis A. Guze, a nationally recognized leader in medical education, has been appointed acting vice chancellor for medical sciences and dean of the School of Medicine.

Guze has been serving as executive director of medical school planning at UCR for the past year, and holds an academic appointment as professor of clinical medicine in the UCLA School of Medicine. She will not be a candidate for the permanent founding vice chancellor for medical sciences and medical school dean. A national recruitment for the position is under way. It is expected to take between nine and 12 months.

“We are very pleased to have Dr. Guze continue to lead the development of our School of Medicine,” said Chancellor Timothy P. White. “The regents’ establishment of the leadership title of Vice Chancellor for Medical Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine is an important next step, as it recognizes the stature of the position in academic medicine. It also recognizes the extraordinary ability and experience that Dr. Guze brings to this role on an interim basis until the permanent incumbent arrives.”

White and Guze are jointly chairing the search committee, comprised of representatives of the UCR faculty, staff and students, other University of California medical schools and the community.

In addition, Guze will provide leadership for gaining accreditation of the medical school curriculum from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and for developing affiliations with regional hospitals and clinics for the training of medical students and residents.

“The medical school will be a much-needed resource for the Inland Empire, where health care providers are few in relation to the rapidly growing and diverse population,” said Guze. “It is a privilege to have a role in starting the first public medical school in California in more than 40 years.”