January 30, 2023

Dr. Michelle W. Krause

Dr. Michelle W. Krause

Michelle W. Krause, MD, MPH, an alum of the UNC Gillings School of Global Health, has been selected for a top leadership position at University of Arkansas for Medical Health Sciences (UAMS). She will serve as senior vice chancellor for the system and chief executive officer of UAMS Medical Center, with Amed Abuabdou, MD, MBA, as chief clinical officer.

Krause will retain her position as professor in the UAMS College of Medicine as well as duties in clinical practice. In addition to the 535-bed hospital, she will be responsible for health clinics, digital health services and the state’s eight regional campuses. She will also chair the board of directors of the Baptist Health-UAMS Accountable Care Alliance, which seeks to coordinate effective population health and care delivery across the state, especially for Medicare patients.

Cam Patterson, MD, MBA, chancellor of UAMS, cites Krause’s more than 20 years of service at UAMS and her leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic among her qualifications for the job. In addition to leading vaccination and testing efforts, she played an instrumental role in implementing surge plans to ensure care for increasing numbers of patients seeking hospitalization for COVID-19, during the height of the pandemic.

“Her clinical expertise, administrative experience and institutional knowledge make her the ideal leader for our statewide health system,” said Patterson. “She is well versed on the health care needs across Arkansas.”

This appointment is underscored by a record of increasing responsibility in leadership roles since 2002, when Krause joined UAMS, first as ambulatory medical director, then vice chair for Clinical Programs of the Department of Internal Medicine. In 2015, she was named director of the Integrated Medicine Service Line, and in 2022, chief clinical officer.

After earning a medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, she completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of North Carolina, where she earned a Master of Public Health in epidemiology from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in 2002. Her time at UNC also included fellowships in nephrology and research nephrology.

“I am grateful to serve UAMS in this role and to continue to work others towards our Vision 2029 strategic goal to lead Arkansas to be the healthiest state in the region through its synergies of education, clinical care, research and purposeful leadership,” said Krause.

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