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Vice Chair Spotlight: Dr. Eric Bass

Over the next few months, we will be highlighting a member of the Department of Medicine vice chair team each week to learn more about them and their roles in the department. Want more info? Find vice chair bios, FAQs, resources and more on our DOM Vice Chair Sharepoint.

Vice Chair for Faculty Development and Promotions

Eric B. Bass, MD, MPH, is the Vice Chair for Faculty Development and Promotions. He enjoys having the opportunity to serve the department in supporting the career development of talented faculty spanning the full spectrum of our academic mission. He brings to the vice chair position many years of experience as an investigator and educator. His strongest research interests are in evidence-based medicine and assessment of the effectiveness, safety and costs of medical and surgical management strategies. His current teaching activities focus on medical student education at the interface between medicine and public health. He was the director of the General Internal Medicine Fellowship for 15 years, Editor of the Journal of General Internal Medicine for five years and Editor of Progress in Community Health Partnerships for six years. He has been the CEO of the Society of General Internal Medicine since 2017. He continues to practice as a general internist.

As vice chair, he aims to:

  • Help faculty understand what they need to do to be promoted in the scholarship or clinical promotion track
  • Facilitate nominations of faculty for recognition of their accomplishments
  • Address barriers to faculty development and promotion
  • Promote transparency about career development and faculty support
  • Support career development of women and under-represented in medicine faculty

One way he has worked to advance these goals is by establishing a commitment to reviewing the curriculum vitae of all faculty under the rank of professor as part of the biennial review of every division in the department.

One of the most important questions that arises frequently relates to whether clinically active faculty should pursue promotion in the traditional track or the new clinical track. His advice usually is to pursue the track that fits best with where a faculty member’s heart lies.

The most remarkable thing he’s learned as a vice chair is no longer surprising – the department has hundreds of amazing faculty who excel in addressing all parts of our tripartite mission by delivering exceptional care, developing and educating future leaders and driving innovation and discovery.


Kelsey Bennett