Leadership

Interim Chief Executive Officer, UConn Health
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs

Bruce T. Liang, M.D., FACCBruce T. Liang, M.D., FACC
860-679-2594
ceo@uchc.edu

Interim CEO of UConn Health, Bruce T. Liang, M.D., is an internationally recognized cardiovascular physician-scientist and national leader in academic medicine. He is dean of UConn School of Medicine and the Ray Neag Distinguished Professor of Cardiovascular Biology and Medicine.

Dr. Liang first joined UConn Health in 2002 as a physician-scientist faculty member and was appointed dean of the medical school in 2015. As dean he has led to new heights UConn’s advancement of medicine, medical education, and research.

In 2021 Dr. Liang led the School of Medicine’s 50th anniversary celebration of its generational community impact of producing five decades of new physicians, surgeons, scientists, and community leaders to serve the state of Connecticut and beyond while increasing diversity and health equity in academic medicine. In fact, U.S. News & World Report has named it as one of the 10 most diverse medical schools in the nation, as 23% of its student body are from underrepresented groups in medicine.

Importantly, UConn Health is Connecticut’s number one producer of physicians, dentists, and surgeons, as well as a significant source of new scientists. Plus, it annually trains more than 100 postdoctoral fellows and 100 Ph.D. students. It is has one of the largest Master of Public Health programs, graduating more than 1,000 students so far with MPH degrees.

Under Dr. Liang’s leadership the medical school has received record-breaking research grant funding of over $100 million year after year. He also has overseen the school’s successful implementation of a new-age, team-based and patient-centered four-year curriculum since 2016, better preparing future physicians for the rapidly evolving health care field. In fact, UConn was the first medical school in the nation to eliminate lectures and continues to offer early, hands-on clinical care exposure at the very start of medical school along with the integration of basic sciences education. The school also has completed several successful LCME accreditation surveys under Dr. Liang’s leadership, plus it is highly ranked nationally among all other public medical schools as No. 43 in primary care and No. 31 in research by U.S. News & World Report.

As an active researcher, Dr. Liang’s cutting-edge translational research contributions have advanced scientific knowledge about heart disease. His research has been continuously funded since 1986 by the NIH, the American Heart Association, and the U.S. Department of Defense. He is widely published in the areas of cardiac myocyte, intact heart biology, and heart failure translational research. His latest research investigations have developed a new potential medication for advanced heart failure patients. This research, jointly performed with scientists at the NIH, has received patents from the U.S. and EU.

Dr. Liang is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), American College of Cardiology, and the American Heart Association, and is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of University Cardiologists, the Council on Clinical Cardiology and Basic Cardiovascular Sciences, and the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering. He has been consistently named one of America’s Top Doctors and Best Doctors in America for cardiovascular disease care.

Prior to joining UConn Health in 2002, for 13 years he served the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine as associate professor of medicine and pharmacology. Dr. Liang received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard in biochemistry and molecular biology and his medical degree from Harvard Medical College. He completed his internal medicine internship and residency training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and cardiology fellowship training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Deans

Steven M. Lepowsky, D.D.S.

Steven M. Lepowsky, D.D.S.

Dean, School of Dental Medicine
860-679-2808
lepowsky@uchc.edu
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Bruce T. Liang, M.D., FACC

Bruce T. Liang, M.D., FACC

Dean, School of Medicine
860-679-7214
bliang@uchc.edu
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UConn Health Leadership

Deb Abromaitis

Deb Abromaitis

Senior Director, Office of Accreditation and Regulatory Affairs
860-679-7015
abromaitis@uchc.edu

Scott R. Allen, M.D.

Scott R. Allen, M.D.

Medical Director, Clinical Effectiveness and Patient Safety
Chief Quality Officer
Chief Medical Officer
860-679-4584
sallen@uchc.edu
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Jeffrey M. Blumenthal

Jeffrey M. Blumenthal

Elle Box

Elle Box

Assistant Vice President, Healthcare Compliance and Privacy
860-679-1014
ebox@uchc.edu

Lakeesha Brown

Lakeesha Brown

Vice President, Human Resources
lakbrown@uchc.edu

Cathie Cannon

Cathie Cannon

Assistant Vice President, Health Marketing
860-679-6717
cacannon@uchc.edu

Kevin Chamberlin, Pharm.D., FASCP

Kevin Chamberlin, Pharm.D., FASCP

Assistant Vice President, Pharmacy and Ancillary Services (Interim)
860-679-2281
chamberlin@uchc.edu

Jeffrey P. Geoghegan

Jeffrey P. Geoghegan

Chief Financial Officer
860-679-3162
geoghegan@uchc.edu

Jeffrey Hines, M.D.

Jeffrey Hines, M.D.

Chief Diversity Officer
860-679-5061
jhines@uchc.edu

Anne Horbatuck

Anne Horbatuck

Vice President, Ambulatory Services
Chief Operating Officer, UConn Medical Group
860-679-2376
horbatuck@uchc.edu

Chris Hyers

Chris Hyers

Vice President, Strategy and Business Development
860-679-8760
hyers@uchc.edu

Andrea Keilty

Andrea Keilty

Eric Kruger

Eric Kruger

Vice President, Facilities and Operations
860-679-8723
ekruger@uchc.edu

Denis Lafreniere, M.D.

Denis Lafreniere, M.D.

Medical Director
Associate Dean, Clinical Affairs
860-679-3372
lafreniere@uchc.edu
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Rick McCarthy

Rick McCarthy

Chief Information Officer
860-679-3528
rimccarthy@uchc.edu

Cindy Molin

Cindy Molin

Vice President, Patient Experience
860-679-6377
molin@uchc.edu

Caryl Ryan, M.S., B.S.N., R.N.

Caryl Ryan, M.S., B.S.N., R.N.

Vice President, Quality and Patient Care Services
Chief Nursing Officer
Chief Operating Officer, UConn John Dempsey Hospital
860-679-7561
cryan@uchc.edu

Richard H. Simon, M.D.

Richard H. Simon, M.D.

Chief of Medical Staff
860-679-3534
simon@uchc.edu
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Janel Simpson

Janel Simpson, MBA

Chief Administrative Officer
860-679-6112
jsimpson@uchc.edu

Board of Directors

  • Kenneth Alleyne
    Orthopedic Surgeon
    Eastern Orthopedics
  • Francis X. Archambault Jr.
    Professor Emeritus
    University of Connecticut
  • Patricia Baker
    Retired Founding Chief Executive Officer
    Connecticut Health Foundation
    Consultant
  • Richard M. Barry
    Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer
    People’s United Bank
  • Andy F. Bessette
    Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
    The Travelers Companies, Inc.
  • Mark Boxer
    Chief Information and Digital Officer
  • Richard T. Carbray Jr.
    Owner
    Apex Pharmacy, Home Care and Nutritional Center
  • Cheryl A. Chase
    Co-President, Principal and General Counsel
    Chase Enterprises
  • Sanford Cloud Jr., Chair
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
    The Cloud Company, LLC
  • Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson
    Partner, Robinson+Cole
  • Joel Freedman
    Independent Public Policy Consultant
  • Claudio Gualtieri
    Undersecretary, Health and Human Services
    Connecticut Office of Policy and Management
  • Timothy A. Holt
    Independent Business Consultant
  • Manisha Juthani
    Connecticut Department of Public Health
  • Radenka Maric
    UConn President
  • Wayne Rawlins
    Vice President and Senior Medical Director, Healthcare Services
    ConnectiCare, Inc.
  • Teresa M. Ressel
    Private Company Management