However, he will remain Chair of Pediatrics while a search for his replacement is under way.
Stiles has served as chair of the UNC Department of Pediatrics and Physician-in-Chief at NC Children’s Hospital since 2000. He also holds the Charles and Katherine Brewer Distinguished Professorship. Over the past ten years of Stiles’ service, total beds and services have expanded to include all children’s outpatient and inpatient services, increasing patient visits by about 10 percent per year; the number of departmental faculty grew by about 25 percent to over 150; more than 350 residents have been trained in eight specialties and subspecialties; and close to 195 million in research dollars has been awarded to the department. During this time, substantial progress in development and fundraising has occurred with the establishment of the Children’s Promise.
In his new position, Stiles will be responsible for helping UNC Health Care develop relationships across the North Carolina medical community and other medical facilities, as well as working with individual School of Medicine departments to build relationships and create new opportunities for delivery of care to patients here at UNC and expand UNC Health Care’s clinical services to other sites across the State. Stiles will retain his appointment as professor, and will continue to perform clinical services in the Newborn Critical Care Center.
“I have enjoyed being chair of the pediatrics department, which has allowed me to work and improve children’s health and development across the state, my passion,” said Stiles. “However, with this new position, I am looking forward to expanding my interests in the health care delivery system and focusing on statewide issues and collaboration with other teaching hospitals. This is especially exciting during this new era of health care reform.”
The School of Medicine will announce a chair and members of the search committee soon and open a nationwide search for a new chair for the Department of Pediatrics.