Case Western Reserve Appoints Bernard Boulanger, MD, as Senior Associate Dean for The MetroHealth System

Case Western Reserve School of Medicine has appointed Bernard Boulanger, MD, MBA, as senior associate dean for The MetroHealth System. In his new role, effective March 1, Dr. Boulanger will oversee the planning, assessment, and implementation of the school’s teaching and research programs at the health system. He will also serve as professor of surgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Serving as principal liaison between MetroHealth and the medical school, his duties will include ensuring continued excellence in educational activities for CWRU students in rotations at MetroHealth, providing assistance in support of new faculty and chair appointments, and promoting joint research and other projects.

In addition to his CWRU role, Dr. Boulanger continues in his current position as executive vice president and chief clinical officer of The MetroHealth System.

Most recently, Dr. Boulanger, a trauma surgeon, was system chief medical officer of University of Kentucky HealthCare, based in Lexington, Kentucky. His areas of responsibility included clinical operations, clinical program development, clinical service quality, and physician leader development.

Dr. Boulanger received his medical degree from the University of Toronto, where he also completed his internship and general surgery residency. He completed trauma-surgery and critical-care fellowship training at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center of the University of Maryland.

Dr. Boulanger replaces Alfred Connors, MD, as senior associate dean for the MetroHealth System. Dr. Connors will focus exclusively on his duties as chief quality officer for MetroHealth, a role he accepted in December 2014.


About Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Founded in 1843, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine is the largest medical research institution in Ohio and is among the nation's top medical schools for research funding from the National Institutes of Health. The School of Medicine is recognized throughout the international medical community for outstanding achievements in teaching. The School's innovative and pioneering Western Reserve2 curriculum interweaves four themes--research and scholarship, clinical mastery, leadership, and civic professionalism--to prepare students for the practice of evidence-based medicine in the rapidly changing health care environment of the 21st century. Nine Nobel Laureates have been affiliated with the School of Medicine.

Annually, the School of Medicine trains more than 800 MD and MD/PhD students and ranks in the top 25 among U.S. research-oriented medical schools as designated by U.S. News & World Report's "Guide to Graduate Education."

The School of Medicine is affiliated with University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, MetroHealth Medical Center, the Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and the Cleveland Clinic, with which it established the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University in 2002.

About The MetroHealth System

The MetroHealth System is an essential health system committed to providing health care to everyone in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and improving the health of the community overall. Its 7,300 employees deliver care to everyone at its main campus, just west of downtown Cleveland, and at more than 20 other MetroHealth locations. It also provides health care at more than 40 additional sites in Cuyahoga County through community partnerships such as the School Health program.

MetroHealth is home to Cuyahoga County’s only verified Level I Adult Trauma Center and Level II Pediatric Trauma Center, and it is one of two adult and pediatric burn centers in the state of Ohio verified by the American Burn Association and the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons. In the past year, MetroHealth provided more than one million patient visits in its hospital and health centers. MetroHealth also is an academic medical center committed to teaching and research; each of its active physicians holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. MetroHealth has earned Magnet status, which places it in the top six percent of all hospitals nationwide for nursing excellence.

MetroHealth’s mission is, “Leading the way to a healthier you and a healthier community through service, teaching, discovery and teamwork.” For more information, visit

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