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Jennifer Wu, MD, MPH, has been appointed Vice Dean for Academic Affairs. Her new role begins Jan. 1, 2022.

Jennifer Wu, MD, MPH, will begin serving as the UNC School of Medicine’s Vice Dean for Academic Affairs on Jan. 1, 2022. Wu currently serves as the interim Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, a role she began in March 2021, overseeing the School of Medicine’s educational programs and the Office of Faculty Affairs and Leadership Development. She will report to Cristy Page, MD, MPH, Executive Dean of the School of Medicine.

Julie Byerley, MD, MPH, served in the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs role from December 2019 through February 2021, when she transitioned to the role of Interim Dean of the UNC Adams School of Dentistry.

Wu has served in a number of leadership roles including Division Director of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, Senior Vice Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Interim Chair of OBGYN. In her role as interim Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, she chairs the Education Leadership Committee and serves as a member of the Academic Council, Faculty Affairs and Diversity Leadership Committee, and Academic Advisory Council for the Novant-New Hanover Regional Medical Center-UNC partnership.

“Jennifer brings extensive knowledge and has proven herself to be an outstanding leader throughout her time at the UNC School of Medicine,” Page said. “I am delighted to continue working with her to advance our educational mission and to create an environment where our faculty thrive and lead.”

Wu is originally from Frederick, MD. She earned her B.A. in Biology from Harvard College and her M.D. from the University of California at San Francisco. She trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital & Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA and then completed a fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at the UNC-Chapel Hill. Concurrently, she received her Master in Public Health in Epidemiology at the UNC School of Public Health. She spent six years on the faculty at Duke University before returning to UNC in 2013.