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University Approaching Health Sciences as a Team

May 11, 2016


David Hefner, Vice President for Health Affairs (left) and Doug Skrzyniarz, Associate Vice President for Government Health Affairs (right)

As a member of the National Academy of Science and Association of American

Medical Colleges (AAMC) Board of Directors, President Wilson is a national leader on health transformation.  He knows that the future of health care is dependent on providers aligning their priorities around the needs of their patients.  By breaking down the silos of the various health professions, we can work collaboratively to better serve the needs of our patients.

To that end, he hired David Hefner last year to serve as WSU’s Vice President of Health Affairs.  “I am delighted to accept this new role at Wayne State University,” Hefner said. “This is already a renowned institution that is nationally recognized for its health research and the strength of its medical school. But the potential is there to advance its mission even further by tapping into new health profession opportunities and exploring new approaches.”

Hefner previously served as Executive Vice President for Health Affairs for the Georgia Regents Health System, Executive Vice President for Clinical Affairs at Georgia Regents University and Chief Executive Officer of Georgia Regents Medical Center and Medical Associates.

The University and Division of Government and Community Affairs also recently announced the promotion of Doug Skrzyniarz to the position of Associate Vice President of Government Health Affairs.  In his most recent capacity, Doug covered government affairs work for the WSU School of Medicine.  In this new role, Doug now has responsibilities for all the health sciences at the University.  By continuing this work to break down the silos of the various health professions, Wayne State University has developed new synergies between the health related colleges.

“Wayne State University has led in health policy by approaching problems as a collaborative team.  Community health issues require an inter-professional approach that rewards innovation and collaboration,” Skrzyniarz said. “We have so many great minds in health care across the University.  It is our job as a public university to align those clinical, educational, and research resources to the benefit of our local and broader community.”

Skrzyniarz has been with the University since 2006 and has worked in health administration for 14 years.  He received his B.A. from Michigan State University, has a Master’s from Wayne State University and the University of Michigan, and is currently pursuing a PhD in political science from Wayne State University.  Doug is the chair-elect of the AAMC Government Affairs Group, is on the Board of Directors for the March of Dimes, and is an elected member of the Sterling Heights City Council.


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