Patrice Delafontaine, dean of the medical school, leaves the MU

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The dean of the faculty of medicine of the MU will retire on March 31 to hold a position in another institution, announced the university Friday.

Patrice "Patrick" Delafontaine came to MU to be Dean in December 2014, for a period of 10 months abruptly resigned in September 2015. He was rehired less than a year later.

Steven Zweig, Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine, will assume the role of Acting Dean, according to the Provost's e-mail.

By telephone, Delafontaine refused an interview about the decision, referring all the questions to the MU Press Office.

MU also announced Friday looking for executive vice-chancellor for health affairs. The hired person "will provide strategic direction and oversight on MU health care and the MU School of Medicine," according to the internal MU email announcing the research.

MU spokesman Christian Basi said that Delafontaine's resignation and the research announcement were not related.

Delafontaine was officially reinstated in February 2016 after a unanimous vote in November 2015 of the Faculty Affairs Council of the MU, following a anonymous survey of teachers from school. Almost all respondents were dissatisfied with the then school leadership under the Chancellor of the time, R. Bowen Loftin, and worried about the consequences of Delafontaine's resignation on the The future of the school.

The informal survey and its respondents hinted that the resignation was forced by Loftin, while other faculty members called the dismissal decision, according to earlier reports.

Prior to working at MU, Mr. Delafontaine held the position of Chief of Cardiology at Tulane University from 2003. He was also President of the Sidney and Marilyn Lassen Chairs in Cardiovascular Medicine and Director of the Institute of Diseases. Cardiovascular of Tulane University.

Mr. Delafontaine was the first scientist to establish the essential link between the human hormonal system that regulates blood pressure and a protein essential for the growth of the child, which allowed to better understand the diseases that make the muscle lose. According to previous reports, he is the author of more than 115 articles on his research.

Prior to Tulane, Delafontaine worked at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Emory University in Atlanta, and at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, where he earned his doctorate in medicine. According to earlier reports, he did a fellowship in cardiology research and clinical research at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.