Thomas Boat, MD, Dean and Vice President for Health Affairs
Thomas Boat, MD, became dean of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and vice president for health affairs on July 1, 2011. He is the 49th dean in the medical college’s nearly 200-year history.
Dr. Boat, who is also a professor of pediatrics, previously was the executive associate dean for the College of Medicine and chief executive officer of University of Cincinnati Physicians. He was instrumental in unifying 15 separate physician faculty practices into one UC Physicians corporation.
From 1993 to 2007, Dr. Boat served as director of the Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation and chairman of the UC College of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics. He also has served as physician-in-chief of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
After receiving his medical degree in 1966 from the University of Iowa, Dr. Boat completed a pediatrics residency at the University of Minnesota Hospitals in Minneapolis. He also completed a fellowship in pediatric pulmonology at the University Hospitals of Cleveland.
Early in his career, Dr. Boat worked to define the pathophysiology of airway dysfunction and more effective therapies for chronic lung diseases of childhood, such as cystic fibrosis. He has worked at local and national levels to improve research efforts, subspecialty training and clinical care in pediatrics. He has a special interest in issues posed by children’s mental health for pediatric care and training.
Dr. Boat joined the UC College of Medicine faculty as chairman of pediatrics in 1993 when he left his position as chairman of the department of pediatrics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Prior to that he was co-director of the Cystic Fibrosis Center at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland.
He is a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and served as co-chair of the IOM Forum on the Science of Health Care Quality Improvement and Implementation, as well the IOM Committee on the Prevention of Mental Disorders and Substance Abuse Among Children, Youth, and Young Adults. He most recently chaired the IOM Committee on Pediatric Studies Conducted Under the Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act and the Pediatric Research Equity Act.
Dr. Boat is a past chair of the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) Board of Directors. He has served as chair of the American Board of Pediatrics and president of the Society for Pediatric Research, as well as the American Pediatric Society.
Dr. Boat has received numerous awards including the St. Geme Award from the Federation of Pediatric Organizations, the Daniel Drake Medal from the UC College of Medicine—the college’s highest academic honor—and the Global Ronald McDonald House Charities Award of Excellence.
The College of Medicine has 639 medical students and 510 graduate students with 265 postdoctoral fellows and 988 residents and fellows serving UC Health UC Medical Center and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. With approximately 2,000 employees, including 1,540 faculty, the college has a total budget of more than $512 million. Founded in 1819, the College of Medicine is the second-oldest public medical school in the country.