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October 16, 2023 / 2023 Power 25 Health Care

2023 Power 25 Health Care: Dr. Bruce Liang

Dr. Bruce Liang has been dean of the UConn School of Medicine since 2015.

In February 2022, he was also named interim CEO of UConn Health, the parent organization of John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington.

Liang will hold onto the interim title until a new UConn Health leader is appointed. The school said in July it began a national CEO search.

Liang has been associated with UConn Health since 2002, when he first joined as a physician-scientist faculty member. He took over as dean in 2015.

Since that time, Liang oversaw the medical school’s implementation of a new team-based and patient-centered four-year curriculum that aims to better prepare future physicians for the constant changes in health care.

During Liang’s tenure, UConn was also the first medical school in the nation to eliminate lectures, while continuing to offer early, hands-on clinical care exposure at the start of medical school along with the integration of basic sciences education.

In September, he was one of several leaders to participate in the signing of a renewed and expanded five-year academic affiliation with Hartford HealthCare. Both sides committed to adding new residencies and fellowships, while helping overcome the physician shortage by increasing class size and providing the facilities needed for clinical education training.

Liang in June also oversaw the opening of a new and expanded UConn Health facility in Simsbury.

Prior to joining UConn Health, Liang was an associate professor of medicine and pharmacology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine for 13 years.

Liang received his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from Harvard University, and his medical degree from Harvard Medical College.

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