UMHS Board

In July of 2016, the University of Michigan Board of Regents approved the establishment of the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) Board to advise both the Board of Regents and UMHS leadership on the strategic direction and operating performance of the UMHS. Reporting to the Board of Regents and comprised of both internal and external leaders in healthcare, the UMHS Board exercises duties through recommendations to the Executive Vice President of Medical Affairs and Dean of the University of Michigan Medical School, the President of the University and the University of Michigan Board of Regents.

Board Meetings

  • October 23, 2020
  • January 22, 2021
  • April 23, 2021
  • July 23, 2021
  • October 29, 2021
  • January 28, 2022
  • April 22, 2022
  • July 22, 2022
  • October 28, 2022


UMHS Board Members

Mark S. Schlissel, M.D., Ph.D., Chair, UMHS Board

Mark Schlissel, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Mark S. Schlissel is the 14th president of the University of Michigan and the first physician-scientist to lead the institution. He became president in July 2014, after serving as provost of Brown University. A graduate of Princeton University (A.B., summa cum laude, 1979, Biochemical Sciences), he earned both M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1986, Physiological Chemistry), afterwards completing his residency training in internal medicine at Hopkins Hospital and conducted postdoctoral research as a Bristol-Myers Cancer Research Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Whitehead Institute.

President Schlissel began his career as a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1991, later moving to the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California–Berkeley in 1999 as associate professor, advancing to full professor and serving as vice department chair in 2002. He was UC-Berkeley’s dean of biological sciences in the College of Letters & Science and held the C.H. Li Chair in Biochemistry until his appointment as Brown’s provost in 2011.

Marschall S. Runge, M.D., Ph.D., Vice-Chair, UMHS Board

Marschall Runge, M.D., PhD.

Marshall S. Runge, M.D., Ph.D., is executive vice president for Medical Affairs at the University of Michigan, Dean of the Medical School, and CEO of Michigan Medicine. Prior to joining the University of Michigan in March 2015, he was executive dean and chair of the Department of Medicine at the UNC School of Medicine. He was also principal investigator and director of the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill. Before joining the UNC faculty in 2000, Dr. Runge held the John Sealy Distinguished Chair in Internal Medicine and was director of the Division of Cardiology and the Sealy Center for Molecular Cardiology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

Dr. Runge earned his doctorate in molecular biology at Vanderbilt University and his medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he also completed a residency in internal medicine. He was a cardiology fellow and faculty member at Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital before joining Emory University as an associate professor of medicine in 1989.

David A. Spahlinger, M.D., Secretary, UMHS Board

David Spahlinger, M.D.

David A. Spahlinger, M.D. is the president of the University of Michigan Health System and executive vice dean for clinical affairs in the University of Michigan Medical School. A 1980 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Dr. Spahlinger completed his residency in internal medicine in 1983 at the University of Michigan, where he also served as chief medical resident from 1983‐84. He joined the Wooster Clinic in Wooster, Ohio, in 1984, where he served as the head of finance and as a member of the board of directors for the 40‐physician multi‐specialty group. Dr. Spahlinger returned to the U‐M Medical School faculty in 1994 to serve as director of the Primary Care Program from 1994‐97 and, in 1997, was appointed medical director of the new faculty practice plan (now the U‐M Medical Group). He led the medical group from 1997‐2015 through a time of great change in health care and academic medicine and, in 2015, was chosen to lead the University of Michigan Health System in recognition of his expertise as a physician leader in patient care management, clinical operations, health policy, strategic planning and business development.

Kedrick Adkins, Jr.

Kedrick Adkins, Jr.

Kedrick D. Adkins, Jr., is the former Chief Financial Officer for the Mayo Clinic, where he was directly responsible for Contracting and Payer Relations; Enterprise Revenue Cycle; Finance in Arizona, Florida and the Midwest; Financial and Accounting Services; Mayo Clinic Ventures; Supply Chain Management; and Treasury. Prior to the Mayo Clinic, Kedrick served seven years as president of Integrated Services for Trinity Health, providing oversight of the complete span of finance, treasury, information technology, supply chain management, operations, performance leadership, insurance and risk management, integration services, and payer and product innovation across the 10 states in which Trinity Health operated. Prior to that, Kedrick spent 30 years at Accenture, a global management consulting firm, where he held roles as global managing partner for the Health Care Practice, global chief diversity officer and country managing director, U.S. Operations.

Kedrick holds an MBA in Finance and Accounting and a B.S. in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Dee Fenner, M.D.

Dee Fenner, M.D.

Dee Fenner is the Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Bates Professor of Diseases of Women and Children at the University of Michigan. She holds a joint appointment as Professor of Urology. As a Missouri native, she attended undergraduate and medical school at the University of Missouri – Columbia. She completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan followed by a fellowship in Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery and Urogynecology at the Mayo Clinic-Scottsdale. In 2001, Dr. Fenner returned to the University of Michigan where she continues her work in female pelvic floor dysfunction and medical education.

Kevin Hegarty

Kevin Hegarty
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The University of Michigan Board of Regents appointed Kevin Hegarty executive vice president and chief financial officer effective April 6, 2015. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, Mr. Hegarty served higher education as the vice president and chief financial officer at the University of Texas at Austin from 2001 – 2015. He held senior leadership roles at: Dell Inc., vice president and chief financial officer, 2000 – 2001; vice president and corporate comptroller, 1997 – 2000; Associates First Capital Corporation/Ford, senior vice president and company comptroller, 1990-1997; Trammell Crow Company, senior group financial manager, 1984 – 1990; and PricewaterhouseCoopers, senior auditor, 1979-1984.

Mr. Hegarty received his MA in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin in 1979 and his BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin in 1977.

Patricia D. Hurn, Ph.D., R.N.

Patricia Hurn

Patricia D. Hurn is the current dean of the University of Michigan School of Nursing. Previously, she served as a vice chancellor for research and innovation at the University of Texas System. Dr. Hurn has received more than $20 million in NIH funding as a principal investigator. She is a global leader in research focused on understanding the cellular and molecular basis of gender differences in brain injuries, as well as stroke and other neurological conditions. Much of Dr. Hurn’s work as a researcher and health system executive has included a strong emphasis on trans-disciplinarity and interprofessional initiatives. Her leadership efforts focus on collaborative bio-health research models, science education innovation and research technologies.

Dr. Hurn earned her BSN at the University of Florida, MN at the University of Washington, and PhD at Johns Hopkins University.

Michael M. E. Johns, M.D.

Michael Johns, M.D.

Dr. Johns currently serves as Professor in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health at Emory University. He is Executive Vice President for Health Affairs Emeritus at Emory University, and President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board Emeritus of Emory Healthcare – positions he held at Emory from 1996 to 2007. He also served as Emory’s Chancellor from 2007 to 2012. Prior to coming to Emory, Dr. Johns was Vice President of the Medical Faculty and Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He also served as interim Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs at the University of Michigan from June 2014 thru February 2015.

Dr. Johns received his bachelor's degree from Wayne State University and graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan Medical School. After completing his residency training in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at Michigan, he joined the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army and was assistant chief of the Otolaryngology Service at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. In 1977, he joined the Department of Otolaryngology and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Virginia Medical Center, where he rose to the rank of Professor. In 1984, Dr. Johns was recruited to Johns Hopkins as professor and chair of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

Paul P. Lee, M.D., J.D.

Paul Lee, M.D., J.D.

Dr. Paul Lee serves as F. Bruce Fralick Professor and Chair in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Michigan Medical School and Director of the W.K. Kellogg Eye Center. Having published over 250 papers on glaucoma and eye card delivery, Dr. Lee is an accomplished principal investigator and contributing researcher who has served in several leadership capacities, including as the immediate past chair of the ARVO Foundation, an at-large member of the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), chair of the American Glaucoma Society’s Quality of Care Subcommittee, and original co-chair of the AMA-AAO Consortium Task Force for Eye Care Quality Indicators (PQRI). He currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the Hoskins Center on Patient Safety and Quality for the Foundation of the AAO and has served on the IRIS Registry Development Group, the first national outpatient care registry of any specialty being implemented in the United States. In addition, Dr. Lee serves as the vice-chair and chair-elect of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Ophthalmology, on the Board of Directors of the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology and the American Glaucoma Society, and as a past board member of Prevent Blindness America, the Blind Children’s Center, and the Center for the Partially Sighted.

Dr. Lee received his law degree from Columbia University in 1986. He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan that same year.

Robert J. Sheehy

Robert Sheehy

Bob is Co-Founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Bright Health, a new health insurance startup serving the Colorado individual marketplace, launching Jan 1 2017. Focused on business development and strategy, Bob draws on more than three decades of experience in healthcare innovation to guide Bright Health on its mission to provide a smarter, more connected healthcare experience that strengthens the relationship between patients their care providers. Before co-founding Bright Health, Bob advised private equity firm and venture capital firms on healthcare. He also served on several for-profit and not-for-profit boards. From 1986 to 2008, Bob led a wide range of initiatives as an executive at UnitedHealth Group, becoming CEO in 2000. Previously, he was one of the first employees at Peak Health Plan before it was acquired by United Healthcare.

Bob earned his bachelors and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan.

Marianne Udow-Phillips

Marianne Udow-Phillips

Marianne Udow-Phillips is the Executive Director of the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT) at the University of Michigan. CHRT is an independent 501(c)(3) impact organization with a mission to advance evidence-based care delivery, improve population health, and expand access to care. Before coming to CHRT, Marianne served as director of the Michigan Department of Human Services from 2004 to 2007, appointed by Governor Jennifer M. Granholm. Marianne came to state service from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM), where she served in a number of leadership roles for over 20 years, most recently as senior vice president of Health Care Products and Provider Services, with responsibility for the BCBSM social mission, health policy, data analysis, and care and network management programs for the traditional and PPO products. She also served as senior vice president and vice president of Plans and Operations for Mercy Alternative and Care Choices.

Marianne holds a master’s degree in Health Services Administration from the U-M School of Public Health; she is a lecturer of public health at the U-M School of Public Health.

Fionnuala Walsh, Ph.D.

Fionnuala Walsh, Ph.D.

Fionnuala Walsh, Ph.D. is a recognized thought leader in the quality industry, often speaking about sustainable, integrated quality systems and the importance of maintaining a quality culture. A native of Ireland, Walsh earned a bachelor's degree and doctoral degree in chemistry from University College Dublin. Prior to her time with Eli Lilly and Company, she was awarded an industrial postdoctoral fellowship with BMS in Puerto Rico and worked at a startup company manufacturing clinic material. She joined Lilly's Kinsale, Ireland, manufacturing site in 1988 as a technical services chemist. After numerous positions there, she moved into a role as global quality leader at the Lilly Corporate Center in Indianapolis in 2002. In January 2003, Walsh was named executive director of quality for U.S. drug product and Lilly Technology Center operations. In July 2005, she was named vice president of global quality operations, and, in June 2007, she was named senior vice president of global quality.

Tadataka Yamada, M.D.

Tadataka Yamada, M.D.

Dr. Tadataka (Tachi) Yamada is a Venture Partner with Frazier Healthcare Partners. He was formerly Executive Vice-President, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer and a Board Member of Takeda Pharmaceuticals. Prior to joining Takeda he served as President of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Global Health Program. In this capacity he oversaw grants totaling over $9 billion in programs directed at applying technologies to address major health challenges of the developing world including TB, HIV, malaria and other infectious diseases, malnutrition and maternal and child health. Before joining the Gates Foundation Dr. Yamada was Chairman, Research and Development and a Member of the Board of Directors of GlaxoSmithKline.

Dr. Yamada was born in Japan, and completed his education in the United States. He graduated from Stanford University with a BA in history and obtained his M.D. from New York University School of Medicine. After completing his internal medicine training at the Medical College of Virginia he became an investigator in the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, trained in gastroenterology at the UCLA School of Medicine and assumed his first faculty position there. He later moved to the University of Michigan where he ultimately became Chairman, Department of Internal Medicine and Physician-in-Chief at the University of Michigan Medical Center before joining GlaxoSmithKline.