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Arturo P. Saavedra, M.D., Ph.D., will serve as dean of the VCU School of Medicine

VCU announced that Arturo P. Saavedra, M.D., Ph.D., has been named dean of the VCU School of Medicine, effective April 15. He also will serve as VCU Health System executive vice president for medical affairs.

Saavedra comes to VCU from the University of Virginia, where he is chair of the Department of Dermatology and president and interim chief executive officer of University of Virginia Physicians Group. 

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