Henri Ford was appointed dean of the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami. Dr. Ford is professor of surgery and vice chair for clinical affairs at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. He will take on his new duties on June 1.
A native of Haiti, Dr. Ford came to the United States at the age of 13. A that time, he spoke no English. He graduated from John Jay High School in Brooklyn, New York, and earned a bachelor’s degree at Princeton University. He went on to graduate from Harvard Medical School and received his training in pediatric surgery at the University of Pittsburgh.
In 2011, Dr. Ford received the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award from the American Association of Medical Colleges. Dr. Ford was honored for his work in Haiti following the January 2010 earthquake.
In accepting his new role as dean, Dr. Ford said that “as a physician-scientist, physician-educator, and administrator, I feel that I must establish a culture of excellence in scientific research and promote the translation of discoveries into interventions that will transform lives, build healthier communities, and improve global health.”