Aug 31, 2021

Dear colleagues,

On behalf of Chancellor Gillman, we are pleased to announce that Michael J. Stamos, M.D. has been appointed to a second five-year term as dean of the UCI School of Medicine.

This reappointment decision follows an administrative review, which included materials submitted by Dean Stamos and letters of evaluation from senior administrators, deans, associate deans, faculty, external reviewers and staff members. The review committee provided a report on his performance and accomplishments. We are grateful to the committee and its chair, John Stuart Nelson, Professor, Surgery and Biomedical Engineering, for their efforts during the review process.

Under Dean Stamos’s leadership, the School has steadily climbed in national research stature and has received the longest accreditation possible from the Association of American Medical Colleges/American Medical Association Liaison Committee on Medical Education. The School is now ranked 20th among public schools for research by U.S. News & World Report. Of the $592 million in research funding UCI received in fiscal 2020-21, more than $340 million was for biomedical and health sciences clinical work across the campus, with nearly $285 million directly related to the School. Further, Dean Stamos has been instrumental in doubling the School’s fundraising, from just over $22M in 2016 to nearly $44M in 2021.

Student applications have grown steadily over the course of his tenure. In 2021, there were 7,465 medical school applicants for the 104 slots with Medical College Admission Test scores consistently around the 90th percentile. The School has also increased the number of full-time faculty by a net total of 138.

During his tenure, the School embarked on an effort to deepen its commitment to inclusive excellence in medical education and sustainable change. A dean’s task force for inclusive excellence in medical education was established and an interim diversity officer has been appointed. The School launched a Women’s Leadership Academy and a Women in Medicine and Science organization to support gender equity. More than 50 percent of the school’s executive leadership team are women.

The School’s mission-based programs have also expanded during his deanship. Leadership Education to Advance Diversity-African, Black and Caribbean (LEAD-ABC) is a first-of-its-kind effort aimed at producing future physicians who are committed to serving these communities. The program started in 2019 by enrolling a cohort of nine students and has continued to grow, resulting in the recruitment of 13 students in 2021. Health Education to Advance Leaders in Integrative Medicine (HEAL-IM), which also started in 2019, is designed to provide a future generation of physicians with additional training and skills in the tools and philosophies of integrative medicine and has been fully-enrolled with at least 12 students each year. The longest running mission-based program, the Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC), which was established in 2003, continues to admit about 12 Spanish-speaking students each year, who go on to practice in a wide array of medical specialties.

To enhance and recognize the accomplishments of faculty, staff and students, the School has started new initiatives including student leader lunches, the Rising Stars recognition program, the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series, and What Matters to Me & Why at UCI Health.

Dean Stamos has also been a key contributor to the success of UCI Health, our heath delivery system, and as a partner across UCI by actively fostering collaborations within and beyond the Susan & Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences.

Please join us in congratulating Dean Stamos on this reappointment.


Steve A.N. Goldstein, M.A., M.D., Ph.D., FAAP
Vice Chancellor of Health Affairs
Distinguished Professor, Pediatrics and Physiology & Biophysics
Susan & Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences

Hal Stern, Ph.D.
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Chancellor’s Professor, Department of Statistics