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Frey Appointed Creighton Vice President for Health Sciences

Frey Appointed Creighton Vice President for Health Sciences

Donald Frey, M.D., has been named vice president for health sciences at Creighton University, effective Aug. 3.

Frey, holder of the University’s Dr. Roland L. Kleeberger Endowed Chair, has served as chair of family medicine at the Creighton School of Medicine since 1995. As vice president for health sciences, he will be responsible for the oversight of Creighton’s schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing, and pharmacy and health professions.

“Dr. Frey has been an extremely effective and successful leader of Creighton’s Department of Family Medicine for nearly15 years. His knowledge of the national and local health care environment and his research in such pivotal areas as health care policy and the educational mission of academic health centers make him an ideal candidate for this position,” said the Rev. John P. Schlegel, Creighton president.

During Frey’s tenure at Creighton, the number of Creighton family medicine clinics in Omaha has grown from two to five sites and patient volume has increased from 20,000 to 59,000 clinical visits annually. Frey also has been a passionate advocate for quality and affordable health care for all U.S. residents. His teaching interests include rural health care, health policy and reform, medical ethics, and preventive health care and wellness.

Frey, a professor of family medicine, joined Creighton University in 1993 as director of the School of Medicine’s Family Medicine Residency Program. He was named to the Kleeberger chair in 1996.

He earned his medical degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1978 and went on to complete specialty training in family medicine and geriatric medicine at United Hospital Center in Clarksburg, W. Va.

Prior to joining Creighton, Frey was senior vice president for medical affairs at United Hospital Center. In 1989-90, he oversaw the development and accreditation of Omaha’s first community-based family medicine residency program while serving as director of residency development at Bishop Clarkson Memorial Hospital.

Frey has been a member of the Nebraska Rural Health Advisory Commission since 1998, serving as chair, 2005-07. He has been selected for inclusion in “Best Doctors in America” each year since 2002.