ECU names vice chancellor for health sciences division

East Carolina University has named Dr. Mark Stacy vice chancellor for its Division of Health Sciences, effective January 1, 2019. He has served in the role as interim vice chancellor for seven months.

Mark Stacy (Contributed photo)

Dr. Mark Stacy (Contributed photo)

“Dr. Stacy has proven to be a visionary leader who is highly respected by professionals from every health care specialty, by our students and by colleagues across the many different programs offered by the university,” said ECU Chancellor Dr. Cecil Staton. “He will no doubt lead us to even greater successes for ECU in our role as North Carolina’s health-care university.”

Stacy will oversee a division that comprises the Brody School of Medicine, the School of Dental Medicine, the College of Nursing, the College of Allied Health Sciences, the North Carolina Agromedicine Institute, the East Carolina Diabetes and Obesity Institute and Laupus Health Sciences Library.

He will continue to serve as dean of the medical school and senior associate vice chancellor for medical affairs.

“I am delighted to serve ECU and the people of our region in this role,” Stacy said. “With the addition of the School of Rural Public Health in 2020, the Health Sciences Division will be uniquely suited to address the health challenges of our region. We will increase our focus on interdisciplinary training and care to grow teams of nursing, allied health, dental, medical and public health professionals for a modern health system workforce.”

Stacy said he intends to formalize the division’s focus on regional health care needs, including an emphasis on emergency preparedness and outreach to workers in the fishing, farming and forestry professions through the Agromedicine Institute. He also aims to lead the expansion of ECU’s dental community service learning centers into clinics that provide a full array of care from all ECU health sciences colleges and schools.

“I also hope to lead an effort to develop a great research partnership with the UNC-Chapel Hill schools of public health, medicine and dentistry that synergizes the UNC emphasis on biomedical research with ECU’s expertise in the science of health-care delivery,” he said.

Stacy was named interim vice chancellor for the health sciences division in May 2018. He joined ECU as Brody’s sixth dean in September 2017 after a long and rigorous national search. Before coming to ECU, he served as vice dean for clinical research at Duke University School of Medicine, where he created and directed the Duke Office of Clinical Research. He was also a professor of neurology and chief of the Movement Disorders Division at Duke, focusing his clinical and research efforts on motor and non-motor symptoms in Parkinson’s disease.

Before his service at Duke, Stacy was director of the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center in Phoenix. He earned his medical degree at the University of Missouri, then completed an internship in internal medicine at St. Mary’s Hospital in St. Louis, a residency in neurology at Hahnemann (now Drexel) University in Philadelphia and a fellowship in Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas.