Appointment of Dr. Michael Dake as Senior Vice President for Health Sciences

April 12, 2018

To the University of Arizona Community,

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Michael D. Dake as UA Senior Vice President for Health Sciences. 

Dr. Dake will begin his role at the UA on June 4, 2018, and will be responsible for providing innovative, inspiring and financially responsible leadership in the strategic integration of undergraduate and graduate education, research, service and clinical activities among the UA Health Sciences colleges, centers and clinical affiliates. Reporting directly to me, he will be a key member of the UA’s senior executive team, and he will work collaboratively with teams throughout the UA and with Banner Health to build our competitiveness in education, clinical care and biomedical research. 

Dr. Dake comes to the UA with over 35 years of experience as a leading researcher, clinician, teacher and administrator, and he is known around the world for the advances he has made in medicine, for his achievements in growing academic medical programs and his reputation and insight as a medical researcher. His professional focus has been on improving vascular health, with the earliest publications in the field of CT angiography and groundbreaking work developing endovascular treatments for arterial diseases.

Much of Dr. Dake’s career has been at Stanford University, most recently as Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Director of the Catheterization and Angiography Laboratories at Stanford Medical Center. He has also held the positions of Section Chief of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology at Stanford University Medical School and Co-director of the Catheterization and Angiography Laboratories. From 2005 – 2008, he served as Chairman of the Department of Radiology and the Harrison Distinguished Medical Teaching Professor of Radiology in the Virginia Health System. 

Michael Dake will be a key leader in enhancing medical education and healthcare delivery in Arizona and the nation, as well as leading our health sciences research enterprise to international preeminence. Securing innovative, ethical and visionary leadership for the UA Health Sciences has been one of my priorities since arriving at the UA, and Dr. Dake joining the UA family accomplishes that goal. I am excited to work with him as we complete our strategic planning process and implement a new vision for the UA’s future. I hope you will all give him a warm welcome to Arizona. 

Robert C. Robbins, M.D.
The University of Arizona