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Jack A. Elias, MD, senior vice president for health affairs and dean of medicine and biological sciences

The Division of Biology and Medicine (composed of the Warren Alpert Medical School and the Program in Biology) is led by Jack A. Elias, MD, senior vice president for health affairs and dean of medicine and biological sciences. Dean Elias reports to Richard M. Locke, the provost of the University.

Within the University Corporation, the Division is overseen by the Brown Medical School Corporation Committee. The governing body of the Division of Biology and Medicine (composed of the Medical School and the Program in Biology) is the Biomedical Faculty Council. The council discusses and formulates recommendations on academic policy matters and interdepartmental and supra-departmental affairs, often after consultation with its standing committees.

Academic Departments

The Division of Biology and Medicine is home to five basic biology departments and fourteen clinical departments. Each department is administrated by a chair who serves a five-year term and is appointed by the Provost on the recommendation of the Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences. 

Medical Faculty Executive Committee

The Medical Faculty Executive Committee (MFEC) serves as a central steering committee for the hospital-based faculty of the Warren Alpert Medical School. Its charge includes investigation of matters of particular concern to the medical faculty, including grievances. The MFEC membership includes faculty representatives from all of the hospitals that are part of the Medical School. Ex-officio members of the committee include the Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences, the Dean of Medical Faculty Affairs, the President of the University (or his/her representative), and representatives from the administration of each hospital or hospital system. MFEC membership can be viewed on the University Faculty Governance site (log in required).

Approximately 1,215 physicians in the private practice of medicine in Rhode Island hold clinical faculty appointments at Brown. These individuals provide instruction and/or student counseling for the Medical School on a voluntary basis. In addition, about 700 house staff officers (residents) and fellows in the affiliated hospitals assist in the instruction of Brown students during their clerkship experiences.

Administration

The Division is supported by a number of administrative offices.