May 25, 2017 | The University of Arkansas Board of Trustees voted May 25 to honor UAMS Chancellor Dan Rahn, M.D., who is retiring July 31, by naming a building on the northern side of campus the Daniel W. Rahn Interprofessional Education Building.
A naming ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. July 11 on the top level of Parking 2. UAMS employees and the public are invited to view the name unveiling from that location, followed by a reception in Bruce Commons, on the first floor of the building.
In a separate vote, the board awarded Rahn the ranks of chancellor emeritus and emeritus professor of rheumatology and immunology for when he retires.
In addition, the UAMS Foundation Fund Board and chancellor’s cabinet established in Rahn’s name an endowment fund to support interprofessional education. More than $300,000 has been raised so far by members of the board and cabinet. UAMS employees and others who wish to donate to the fund can do so by contracting UAMS Institutional Advancement. Employee contributes paid by June 30 will be matched.
Rahn has been chancellor since 2009. He announced in September 2016 his intent to retire, and the search for his successor is ongoing. For details, visit web.uams.edu/chancellorsearch.
The resolutions approved by the board noted the “lasting impact Dr. Rahn has made on campus and in promoting quality and innovative healthcare statewide” and stated that the University of Arkansas “expresses to him its sincere appreciation for his dedicated service and continued friendship.”
Rahn came to Arkansas from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, where he served as president for eight years and as senior vice chancellor for health and medical programs for the University System of Georgia.
During his time at UAMS, he overcame an inherited $48 million budget deficit and led a university-wide initiative to improve efficiencies, cost effectiveness and performance, saving more than $100 million. He has overseen the reorganization of clinical programs into service lines focused on providing care centered on patients and families.
Educational degree programs at UAMS and student numbers have grown significantly under Rahn’s leadership, especially with the addition of the Northwest Regional Campus in Fayetteville. Today UAMS has 75 degree and certificate programs and educates the majority of the state’s physicians, pharmacists, nurses and other health care professionals.
Other key highlights from Rahn’s tenure include the designation of UAMS as the state’s only adult Level One Trauma Center, the growth of telemedicine programs across the state, the growth of primary care and geriatric programs operated through UAMS’ regional centers and partnerships with other providers, and the addition of educational programs including a doctorate of nursing practice, doctorate in pharmaceutical sciences, physician assistant and physical therapy degree programs.
He has championed underserved populations, made inroads in improving oral health in Arkansas and expanded UAMS’ presence and strengthened partnerships statewide.
A native of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, Rahn is a graduate of Yale University and the Yale University School of Medicine, where he later began his professional career as director of the Lyme Disease Program, director of clinical training in rheumatology and director of faculty practice for the Department of Internal Medicine.