Ruth O’Regan Named Chair of Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center’s School of Medicine and Dentistry

Ruth O’Regan, M.D., chief of Hematology, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care at the University of Wisconsin, has been named the next Charles A. Dewey Professor and Chair of Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center’s School of Medicine and Dentistry. O’Regan brings more than 20 years of experience in academic medicine and a distinguished history of research and publication to her new role.

“Dr. O’Regan’s career to date is a testament to excellence, and we’re both pleased and fortunate that she will be joining URMC,” said Mark Taubman, M.D., CEO of URMC. “Not only is she an engaging, upbeat leader with a history of innovation: She has a bold vision for our Department of Medicine, and a strong track record as a clinician, mentor and outstanding investigator in breast cancer. We’ll be able to rely on her wide-ranging expertise to help us to grow our program locally and enhance its national reputation, building on the strong foundations that already exist.”

A native of Galway, Ireland, O’Regan grew up in Dublin. She earned her medical degree at University College, Dublin, in 1988, and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Mater Hospital, Dublin. She moved to the United States for subsequent residencies at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Northwestern University and a fellowship in hematology/oncology at Northwestern.

Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin, she was a professor at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga., where she was the Louisa and Rand Glenn Family Chair in Breast Cancer Research and led the Translational Breast Cancer Research Program. She also served as medical director of the Emory Breast Center (now the Glenn Family Breast Center), as chief of Hematology and Medical Oncology at the Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence at Grady Memorial Hospital and as director of the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program.

“I’m excited and honored to be joining the University of Rochester at this important time,” O’Regan said of her appointment. “URMC’s Department of Medicine has a solid research program, a strong commitment to education and an impressive clinical enterprise. Everyone I’ve met is highly invested in the success of the department and the University as a whole. In addition, I find URMC’s community outreach efforts especially compelling. One of my passions is working with patients from traditionally underserved urban and rural populations, and I look forward to continuing that work in Rochester.”

WittKieffer’s Linda Komnick, Elizabeth Frye and Vinny Gossain led this search.

Read the press announcement.