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February 20, 2023 / 2023 Power 50

2023 Power 50: 32. Dr. Bruce Liang

HBJ PHOTO | John Stearns Dr. Bruce Liang

Dr. Bruce Liang has been UConn Health’s interim CEO and executive vice president of health affairs for just over a year and he’s played a significant role in boosting the organization's research funding. 

Previously he was dean of the UConn School of Medicine, where he helped the school achieve record-breaking research grant funding of over $100 million year after year.

His success in that role landed him the interim CEO title at UConn Health, the parent of John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington. This year he will likely find out if he will keep the job on a permanent basis. 

It’s a challenging position overseeing an academic hospital that often operates in the red and is in need of extra state funding to balance its books. 

Liang has been associated with UConn Health since 2002, when he first joined as a physician-scientist faculty member.

Liang oversaw the school’s implementation of a new team-based, 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.

Also, under Liang’s leadership, the medical school has helped train more than 100 postdoctoral fellows and 100 Ph.D. students. It also has one of the nation’s largest Master of Public Health programs, graduating more than 1,000 students with MPH degrees.

UConn Health has about a $1.6 billion budget, including $418.9 million in state funding.

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

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