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Aagaard, Scheel, Stanton named vice chancellors

Recognized for their expertise in medical education, clinical affairs, medical finance and administration

July 2, 2021

Washington University

Three top administrators at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have been named vice chancellors. Eva M. Aagaard, MD, has been appointed vice chancellor for medical education; Paul J. Scheel Jr., MD, has been named vice chancellor for clinical affairs; and Richard J. Stanton has been appointed vice chancellor for medical finance and administration.

David H. Perlmutter, MD, executive vice chancellor for medical affairs, the George and Carol Bauer Dean of the School of Medicine, and the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Distinguished Professor, announced their promotions, which became effective July 1.

Aagaard will add the title of vice chancellor for medical education to her existing title as the Carol B. and Jerome T. Loeb Professor of Medical Education and senior associate dean for education. Among her most recent accomplishments, she led the development of and launched the new Gateway Curriculum for the School of Medicine, and supported the creation of Washington University’s Academy of Educators, which works to create an environment that promotes and rewards teaching excellence and enhances education. As interim senior administrator for occupational health, she also was critical in helping the School of Medicine navigate through the pandemic.

Aagaard will continue in her key role, leading undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education and facilitating the educational programs of the Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences, as well as the Programs in Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy.

“Eva is a visionary in medical education and did a phenomenal job launching the new Gateway Curriculum for our medical school and starting our Academy of Educators,” Perlmutter said. “She also brilliantly led the School of Medicine’s response to the pandemic, ensuring both campuses were able to remain safe during this turbulent time.”

Aagaard joined the School of Medicine in 2017 after serving as professor of medicine and associate dean for educational strategy at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and as director of the University of Colorado’s Academy of Medical Educators and its Center for Advancing Professional Excellence.

As chief executive officer of Washington University Physicians, Scheel worked with clinical department heads and BJC HealthCare to implement EPIC, a medical records system used by many hospitals nationwide. He also has overseen operational management of the medical school’s COVID-19 response; expanded inpatient and outpatient programs at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital; and launched WUCare, a primary care practice for WashU employees. Further, he has overseen the expansion of Washington University Physicians into south St. Louis County, north St. Louis County and Illinois; added new practices to Washington University Clinical Associates (WUCA); cultivated new regional referral relationships; and developed Washington University’s new international referral program.

“Paul is an exceptional leader, and under his guidance, the progress and success of our faculty practice has been nothing short of transformational,” Perlmutter said. “I also am so pleased to recognize him at this moment in history as academic medicine writ large has played such a key role in the national response to the pandemic.”

Scheel joined the university in 2017. He previously served as vice president of the Office of Johns Hopkins Physicians in the Johns Hopkins Health System, and medical director of Integrated Renal Solutions of Johns Hopkins Healthcare in Baltimore. He also was a professor of medicine and director of the Division of Nephrology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Stanton, who has led the administration of the medical school since 2008, has helped significantly advance the school’s clinical, educational and research missions since his arrival. Recently, he played important roles in the School of Medicine’s response to the pandemic and in the implementation of MyDay, and he has been a key figure in projects involving the neuroscience research building under construction and other important building projects on the Medical Campus.

“I am so grateful to Rick for the many ways he supports the work of this office,” Perlmutter said. “There is rarely a day at WashU Medicine that he is not at work behind the scenes supporting us in some vital way. This promotion is so well-deserved.”

Before joining Washington University, Stanton was deputy chancellor for finance and administration for the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he was responsible for finance, human resources, information systems, development, public affairs and government relations, licensing and intellectual property management, and oversight of a university-owned biologics manufacturing facility.

Washington University School of Medicine’s 1,500 faculty physicians also are the medical staff of Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals. The School of Medicine is a leader in medical research, teaching and patient care, consistently ranking among the top medical schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Through its affiliations with Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals, the School of Medicine is linked to BJC HealthCare.