In his new role, Filak will advance the research, teaching and clinical missions of the College of Medicine, partner with UC Health to support and grow its clinical mission, and continue his work to establish and lead a strategic direction for the Academic Health Center.
“I am excited about this opportunity to work with the outstanding faculty, staff and students at the College of Medicine as we move forward with our missions of research, education and clinical care,” Filak said. “We have a faculty who exemplify the university’s strategic direction, ‘Next Lives Here,’ by continually making significant research discoveries and identifying ways to translate medical advancements to benefit our patients. I also am constantly impressed by the superb students we are able to attract to our medical, graduate and undergraduate educational programs. The College of Medicine is indispensable to the health and vitality of our community, and I am privileged and honored to continue leading this incredible team.”
Filak continues to practice Family Medicine, teach medical students and residents, and serve on many national, state and university committees. He is currently chair of the board of directors of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and a member of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Composite Committee. He previously served as a member of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Institutional Review Committee and the Association for American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Advisory Panel on Medical Education.
He has received numerous honors and awards, including Educator of the Year Award from the Ohio Academy of Family Medicine, the Parker J. Palmer Courage to Lead Award from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the John C. Leonard Award from the Association for Hospital Medical Education, the UC President’s Award for Excellence, and the Daniel Drake Medal from the UC College of Medicine.
Filak joined the UC faculty in 1981. He received his medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C., and completed his family medicine residency at the UC College of Medicine where he also served as Chief Resident.
About the UC College of Medicine
Founded in 1819 as the Medical College of Ohio, the UC College of Medicine was the first medical school in Ohio and is the second-oldest public medical school in the country. It became part of the University of Cincinnati in 1896. The college has more than 1,800 faculty members and nearly 1,700 medical, graduate and baccalaureate students. Deeply involved in research, the college and the affiliated Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center received more than $347 million in research funding in FY2019. Patient care is provided by University of Cincinnati Physicians, the college’s 800-member faculty group practice, at UC Health, the college’s affiliated academic health system, and the Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
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