University of Vermont President Tom Sullivan today announced the appointment of Richard L. Page, M.D., as the 18th dean of the Larner College of Medicine at UVM, effective October 1, 2018. Page is currently the George R. and Elaine Love Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Page will succeed Frederick Morin, M.D., who has served as dean of the Larner College of Medicine since August 2007.

A nationally-recognized specialist in cardiac arrhythmias with interest in treatment of atrial fibrillation and sudden cardiac arrest, Page has led a department at the University of Wisconsin that is committed to professionalism in the pursuit of patient-centered care, transformational research, and innovative educational programs.

Page grew up in Storrs, Connecticut. He graduated from Duke University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology, and received his medical degree from Duke in 1984, serving as a Stanley J. Sarnoff Fellow in the Department of Pharmacology at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons from 1982-1983. He completed a residency in Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, followed by research and clinical fellowships in Cardiology and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. From 1990 to 1992, he served as Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at Duke University Medical Center. He then joined the faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas as Director of Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology in 1992, rising there to tenured Professor of Internal Medicine and Dallas Heart Ball Chair in Cardiac Arrhythmia Research. From 2002 to 2009, he served as the Robert A. Bruce Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Research and Head of the Division of Cardiology at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, where he also earned a Certificate in Medical Management in 2007.

In 2009, he assumed his current position at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. At the University of Wisconsin, he serves, ex-officio, on the Executive Committee of the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Authority Board of Directors, and on the Board of Directors of the UW Medical Foundation. He is a member of the Madison Town and Gown Club, an academic/civic organization that dates to 1878.

“Rick Page has a demonstrated track record as a strong advocate and champion for promoting the value of a medical school to the community and developing partnerships with affiliated health systems," said UVM President Tom Sullivan. “His breadth of experience in academic medicine and core values – including honesty, integrity, diversity and inclusion, accountability, and respect – align well with the UVM and Larner College of Medicine mission and values. We very much look forward to working with him as a member of the university’s academic leadership team.”

With more than 200 publications, articles, and book chapters, Page has served on numerous national committees, including the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Guidelines Task Force; he will soon complete a four-year appointment as Chair of the Circulatory Devices Panel of the US Food and Drug Administration. He is a Fellow of the American Heart Association, having chaired their Council on Clinical Cardiology, and is a Fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society, where he served on the board from 2001 to 2012 and was President from 2009-2010. He is past-President of the Association of Professors of Cardiology and is a Councilor of the Association of Professors of Medicine. Page is an elected member of the Association of University Cardiologists, the American Clinical and Climatological Association, and the Association of American Physicians.

“I am tremendously honored to be joining the Larner College of Medicine and the University of Vermont,” said Page. “The commitment to excellence in education, research and patient care has shown through in all of my interactions with students, staff, faculty and leaders. Building on Dean Morin’s successful tenure, I hope to further our missions with impact throughout the region and beyond. Jeannie and I look forward to joining the Burlington community and exploring this wonderful part of the country.”

Page was selected after a national search co-led by UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences Dean Dr. Patty Prelock and Larner College of Medicine Chair of Medicine Dr. Polly Parsons.

Page is married to novelist Jean Reynolds Page and they have three adult children. He and his family will relocate to Vermont this fall.


Carole Whitaker