University of Cincinnati medical school dean leaving

The dean of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Dr. William Ball, will be stepping down from his position in August.

UC President Neville Pinto sent a letter on Tuesday to the university’s deans, directors and department heads announcing the decision. In the letter, Pinto thanked Ball for his “distinguished leadership and exemplary service to UC and the broader community.”

University spokesman Greg Vehr said this is a “personnel matter” between Pinto and Ball but didn’t offer further details. 

Pinto said he will meet with stakeholders from the College of Medicine, Academic Health Center and affiliate partners to discuss interim leadership and the timeline for launching a search for a permanent replacement. 

Ball became dean and senior vice president for health affairs in 2015. He is the 52nd dean in the medical college’s nearly 200-year history. Pinto said the medical school has made “tremendous progress in propelling the University forward” under Ball’s leadership.

During his tenure, Ball accelerated the university’s efforts to achieve National Cancer Institute designation and create a new school of public health. He enhanced the university’s “research prowess” in the region, state and nation and recruited new leadership for several clinical departments.

Pinto said Ball has also been “instrumental in growing the breadth and depth of collaboration among the four healthcare colleges” and advanced UC’s relationship with UC Health, Cincinnati’s Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. 

Before he became dean, Ball, a professor of radiology, biomedical engineering and pediatrics, served as UC’s vice president for research. He was chair of the department of biomedical engineering serving from 2001 until 2008.

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