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Executive VP for Health Affairs at UK announces retirement

Dr. Michael Karpf
Dr. Michael Karpf

Will retire in 2017

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 14, 2016) — Dr. Michael Karpf, executive vice president for Health Affairs at the University of Kentucky announced today that he will retire in 2017 following the hiring and appropriate transition period for his replacement.

Under Karpf’s leadership, in the past 13 years, UK has invested close to $2 billion for faculty recruitment, program development, technology acquisition as well as facilities, while also fostering partnerships with leading regional health providers across the state to extend care to those who need it most.

As a result, hospital discharges in the last decade have nearly doubled from under 20,000 annually to nearly 40,000. At the same time, health research into the problems most impacting Kentucky has grown considerably, capped off two years ago by legislative approval to build a new $265 million health research facility focused specifically on the most daunting health challenges confronting the state

A national search for a new EVPHA will be conducted with the goal of completing the search and allowing for an appropriate transition. Karpf, 71, will remain fully in charge of UK HealthCare until that time, Capilouto said.

Karpf plans to transition to a part-time faculty position working on health service and health policy issues and plans to stay involved in the art, music and humanities program that makes UK HealthCare a very special place for all, he said.

 Since being recruited to UK in 2003 from UCLA, Karpf has developed advanced sub-specialty care programs comparable to those available at the nation’s very best referral, research-intensive academic medical centers. This has been achieved in great part through the recruitment of outstanding physicians and aggressively built nationally competitive tertiary and quaternary programs which have grown dramatically both in volume and quality.