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Vincent Chiappinelli, Ph.D., to serve as Associate Vice President for Health Affairs and Associate Dean of the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences

WASHINGTON (Sept. 17, 2013) – The George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) is pleased to announce that Vincent Chiappinelli, Ph.D., has been named as the associate vice president for health affairs and associate dean of the SMHS. Chiappinelli has served in this role in an interim capacity for the past two years, and he also serves as the chair of the department of pharmacology and physiology.

As the associate vice president for health affairs and associate dean, Chiappinelli is responsible for providing overall administrative support to academic and research programs in SMHS. In this capacity, he is responsible for the allocation of resources to ensure quality within the school’s programs, so that the programs maintain appropriate accreditation and they are responsive to the needs of the students, faculty, and staff. Chiappinelli also provides oversight of new school initiatives, especially those requiring broad participation by internal and external stakeholders. He serves as the SMHS dean’s designate in senior leadership interaction with faculty and key administrators and works closely with the dean and other members of the senior leadership to provide excellence in academic and curriculum management and efficiency in research.

“I am very pleased that Dr. Chiappinelli has agreed to serve the school in this important leadership role,” said Jeffrey S. Akman, M.D., vice president for health affairs and dean at SMHS. “His commitment to the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences is evident in the consistent quality of his leadership. Dr. Chiappinelli has provided me with superb counsel on a variety of matters for years, and I look forward to continuing to work with him in this capacity.”

Chiappinelli is providing support in the development of the new integrated M.D. program curriculum, providing stewardship over reconfiguration of the basic science courses and management of resources and space allocations required to implement the new curriculum. He oversees major ongoing construction projects in Ross Hall, including an NIH-funded C06 laboratory renovation and the creation of a new state-of-the art Clinical Learning and Simulation Skills (CLASS) Center. Chiappinelli’s neuroscience research was funded by NIH for over 25 years, and he is currently the Co-PI of the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award in which GW partners with the Children’s National Medical Center.   

All grants submitted by SMHS, and federal grants submitted by the GW Medical Faculty Associates, are reviewed and approved by Chiappinelli. He also works with the associate dean of finance, administration, and Operations, Lance Kaplan, to establish annual budgets of basic science departments and research institutes.

Additionally, Chiappinelli oversees the institutes and centers within SMHS, including the GW Cancer Institute, the International Medicine Programs, and the GW Institute for Spirituality (GWISH). He ensures that these activities meet the mission of SMHS and that all academic, clinical, research, and community service offerings occur in a learning environment that emphasizes professionalism at all levels. He works with SMHS’s Office of Faculty Affairs, the SMHS Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the SMHS Computer Application and Support Services Department, and the SMHS Department of Resource Management, Operations, and Emergency Preparedness as they serve the school’s constituents.

“In this role, I will continue to collaborate with many outstanding people within SMHS and across the University to ensure that we maintain high levels of excellence. I am thrilled to have this opportunity to serve on Dean Akman’s senior leadership team, as SMHS continues to grow on an upward trajectory,” said Chiappinelli.


About the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences:

Founded in 1825, the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) was the first medical school in the nation’s capital and is the 11th oldest in the country. Working together in our nation’s capital, with integrity and resolve, the GW SMHS is committed to improving the health and well-being of our local, national and global communities.