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The School of Medicine Says Farewell to Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science Chair Dr. Hugh Mighty

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

 Dr. Mighty is off to Louisiana to pursue new opportunities.

A reception was held on June 28, 2010 to say farewell to Hugh Mighty, MD, MBA, who has stepped down as associate professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science at the School of Medicine to accept a position as Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs at Lousiana State University Health Sciences Center, where he will also be a professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

"There's always a set of mixed emotions when our people leave us," said E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, Vice President of Medical Affairs, University of Maryland, Baltimore and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and Dean, University of Maryland School of Medicine. "On one hand, we're very happy when they take positions like this that are of significant importance and one in
which he can truly make an impact on healthcare. On the negative side, we always hate it when good people leave. I'm certainly very grateful for the contributions that Dr. Mighty has made to the School of Medicine and his department throughout his many years here."

Dr. Mighty first came to the School of Medicine as a medical student 30 years ago, and except for a
year (1992-1993) as an assistant professor of obstetrics & gynecology at the University of Texas
Medical Branch, where he established its first critical care obstetrical unit, and five years at St.
Joseph's Medical Center in Baltimore, where he was Chief of Maternal-Fetal Medicine from 1995-2000, the School of Medicine has been his home. "So one might assume that Dr. Mighty may return again someday," said Dean Reece. "Hugh, consider that an invitation. We would be glad to have you back."

Robert Chrencik, MBA, President and CEO of University of Maryland Medical System, agrees. "Hugh has been a great champion for his patients and for his department and students and residents over the
years," Chrensik said. "I would like to send our sincere and grateful thanks for all he has done."

Said Dr. Mighty. "I'm the one who should be grateful....Thank you to everyone who has supported me and given me such a wonderful time here."

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 Chrensik, Dean Reece and former dean Donald Wilson, MD, gather with Dr. Mighty and his gifts.

 A School of Medicine chair -- engraved with his dates as Chair -- was one of the gifts Dr. Mighty received.

 He was also given a picture of Davidge Hall to remind him that he always has a home here at our campus.

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