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Kim Kozlowski

The president of Wayne State University has been named chair-elect of the Association of American Medical Colleges board of directors, officials announced Tuesday.

Beginning in November, President M. Roy Wilson will chair the board of the AAMC — a nonprofit association working to improve health care through innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research. Members include 164 accredited medical schools in the U.S. and Canada, nearly 400 teaching hospitals and health systems and more than 80 academic societies.

“This is a highly effective board that serves our nation’s medical schools, teaching hospitals, and academic societies exceptionally well,” said Wilson, a Harvard-educated physician who has served on the AAMC board since 2013. “I am pleased to be in this leadership role, particularly at this time of much anticipated change.”

Wilson’s national leadership position at the AAMC comes as WSU medical school Dean Jack Sobel said last week that it is seeking to cultivate relationships with other hospitals beyond its key partnership with the Detroit Medical Center.

While WSU is not leaving its partnership with the DMC, Sobel made the comments as the medical school is trying to fulfill a vision of a hospital partner that is more of an academic partner. Academic centers offer specialized care, train the next generation of health care professionals and conduct research leading to new technology and treatments.

Wilson will succeed Marsha D. Rappley, chief executive officer and vice president for health sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Health System.