Good named interim dean

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Dr. Michael L. Good, a 20-year veteran of the University of Florida faculty, has been named interim dean of the College of Medicine.

Dr. Douglas J. Barrett, UF senior vice president for health affairs, made the appointment after consulting with medical faculty members and UF President Bernie Machen.

Good, who joined the UF faculty in 1988, is currently senior associate dean for clinical affairs and chief of the medical staff of Shands at UF medical center. He has served as acting dean since May 22.

“Mike is a proven leader who enjoys the respect and support of the faculty, and that was evident as I talked to many, many people over the last two weeks,” Barrett said. “While he certainly has the experience to take on this assignment, he also has a personal management style that people respond to positively.”

A professor of anesthesiology at UF, Good, 48, is a Michigan native and a graduate of the University of Michigan and the UM School of Medicine. He completed his residency and a fellowship in anesthesiology at UF.

During his residency and later as a faculty member, Good teamed with UF colleagues to invent the Human Patient Simulator, a sophisticated computerized teaching tool that is now used in health-care education programs throughout the world.

In 1994, Good became chief of anesthesiology at the Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Gainesville and two years later was named chief of staff at the VA. He returned to the Shands at UF medical staff in 2003 and in 2004 was appointed senior associate dean for VA affiliations. He became senior associate dean for clinical affairs in 2005.

Among other duties, Good has been responsible for implementing the College of Medicine’s new quality and patient safety initiative and one of its chief components, an electronic patient medical record. Barrett said it will be important for Good and the college to maintain momentum on this and other crucial initiatives in the months ahead.

Good’s assignment will also include filling several open chair positions for which searches are currently under way, as well as associate dean positions for the education and research programs.

“I look forward to working with the college’s exceptional group of department chairs to ensure that our faculty and staff are supported in their work,” Good said. “It’s because of their efforts that patients seek out our medical services, the best and brightest students come here for their professional education, and the world looks to us for discoveries to cure disease and improve health.”

Good and his wife, Danette, have two children in college and three in high school.