MU Health Care, University Hospital physicians shift jobs

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 | 7:13 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Three MU Health Care physicians will move into new positions in the next two months.

Effective Thursday, the current chief of medical staff at University Hospital, Stevan Whitt, will become the chief medical officer for MU Health Care and senior associate dean for clinical affairs in the MU School of Medicine.

Whitt has served as chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Environmental Medicine in the MU School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from MU in 1994.  

Also on Thursday, the current vice chief of medical staff at University Hospital, James Kessel, will step into Whitt's position as chief.

Kessel has been at MU since 2003 and currently serves as professor of clinical surgery in the School of Medicine. 

The vice chief typically replaces the chief at the end of a two-year term, but Kessel will move up early because of Whitt's new position, Mary Jenkins, public relations manager for University Hospital, said. This means that Kessel will serve as chief for three years and two months. 

Kessel's vice chief of medical staff position is currently vacant, and Jenkins said there are no details on when it will be filled. The vice chief is usually a position elected by the University Hospital medical staff. 

Also on Wednesday, Thomas Selva was named chief medical information officer of the MU Health Care and medical director of the Tiger Institute for Health Innovation, effective Dec. 1.

Selva has been at MU since 1989 where he started as a resident physician and became an assistant professor in 1992.

Supervising editor is Zach Murdock.

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