WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Vickie Russell, M.B.A., has been named associate vice president of Wake Forest University Physicians (WFUP), an operational role that will include business development and direct liaison work with the clinical departments.
Robin K. Meter, vice president of Wake Forest University Health Sciences and WFUP, said that Russell will assume her new position July 1.
"Vickie’s expertise in clinical operations and business development, coupled with her extensive knowledge and experience in academic medicine, make her a perfect fit for this leadership role in WFUP," Meter said.
WFUP is the organization comprising the physicians who are the School of Medicine’s board certified medical faculty and attending staff of N.C. Baptist Hospital. WFUP outpatient clinics include about 85 medical and surgical specialties or subspecialties.
Russell has been vice chair for administration and finance in the Department of Internal Medicine since 1998. She began her career at Wake Forest University Health Sciences in the dean’s office in 1980 after graduating from Salem College with a bachelor’s in economics. In 1986 she moved to the Department of Internal Medicine administration before moving to Charleston in 1994 to take a position at the Medical University of South Carolina. In 1998 she returned to the Department of Internal Medicine as vice chair for administration and finance.
Russell said her experience working in a large clinical department has provided an excellent foundation and a wealth of knowledge about all missions of the Medical Center.
“My goal is to bridge the clinical departments with WFUP administration as the institution moves even closer to a united medical center structure, and to facilitate development of a premier, integrated group practice throughout the organization,” she said.
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