In 1998, a year after he became dean and vice chancellor of the UNC School of Medicine, Dr. Houpt was appointed CEO of the UNC Health Care System, making him the first dean to hold this three-part role. As dean, Dr. Houpt recruited 23 chairs and center directors, and he expanded the faculty from 981 to 1,370.The growth that is attributed to Dr. Houpt includes the creation of the Department of Genetics and the Carolina Center for Genome Sciences, which draw membership from the entire University, with an investment in growth and development of $245 million. Under his tenure, UNC Health Care also expanded with the purchase of Rex Healthcare and the opening of N.C.Women’s and Children’s Hospitals. Dr. Houpt, the 2009 Norma Berryhill Distinguished Lecturer, has been influential beyond UNC Health Care and the School of Medicine, as a very accomplished and well-respected national leader in the field of psychiatry.
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