New Tulane Medical school leader named

Longtime Tulane University medical school professor Dr. Lee Hamm has been tapped to lead the institution’s School of Medicine following the resignation last month of Dr. Benjamin Sachs.

Hamm is a professor of medicine and physiology who holds the Harry B. Greenberg Chair of Medicine at the school as well as serving as executive vice dean.

He will officially take the reins of the school on July 1.

“I look forward to working with a team that will enable Tulane to continue its leadership role in educating the next generation of doctors, conducting life-saving research and advancing medical breakthroughs while facing the challenges and opportunities brought about by the dramatic changes in health care, both locally and nationally,” Hamm said in a statement.

Sachs, who was appointed senior vice president and dean of the medical school in 2007, announced his resignation in late May.

“I was drawn by the post-Katrina challenges and I am heartened by the progress the school has made during the last six years,” he said in an email to the school announcing his departure.

Tulane University President Scott Cowen, who plans to retire in July 2014, has said that he will spend his last year at the school focusing on partnerships for the medical program.

One possible partnership could be in neighboring Jefferson Parish.

HCA, the national hospital company that runs Tulane Medical Center, is currently one of three finalists bidding to take over operations of East Jefferson General Hospital and West Jefferson Medical Center.