University of Missouri School of Medicine dean resigns

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Patrice “Patrick” Delafontaine. (Source: Columbia Missourian via University of Missouri School of Medicine)

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – The dean of the University of Missouri School of Medicine has resigned after less than a year on the job.

The Columbia Missourian reports the university announced the resignation of Patrice “Patrick” Delafontaine in a newsletter to University Health System employees. Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin did not say why Delafontaine had resigned, effective immediately.

Delafontaine became dean on Dec. 1.

Loftin also announced that James Stannard, chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, will be interim dean.

He also said he had accepted a consultant’s recommendation to restore the position of executive vice chancellor for health affairs to improve the system’s structure.

Delafontaine was previously chief of cardiology at Tulane University.

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Information from: Columbia Missourian

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