Associate Dean of Veterans Administration Affairs
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Dr. Scott A. Gruber was appointed Chief of Staff at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan and Associate Dean for Veterans Affairs at Wayne State University School of Medicine, effective October 24, 2010. Dr. Gruber formally served as Professor of Surgery and Chief, Section of Transplant Surgery, Wayne State University School of Medicine and as Director of the Organ Transplant Program at Harper University Hospital since 2001. Under his leadership, the transplant program recruited eight faculty and 15 support staff; more than doubled the number of kidney transplants; performed the first renal transplants in HIV+ recipients in the state of Michigan; and gained national and international attention for achieving outstanding outcomes in African-American, hepatitis C+, and re-transplant patients with the shortest initial length of stays in the country. He received his MBA from Wayne State University in 2007 with induction into Beta Gamma Sigma, the National Business Honor Society, and became one of the only surgeons in the nation to attain Fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives in 2008.
Dr. Gruber is a Tau Beta Pi and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Johns Hopkins University, where he received a B.E.S. in bioengineering with honors. He then graduated summa cum laude from SUNY Downstate Medical School in Brooklyn, where he was President of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He completed his general surgical residency, Ph.D. in pharmacology, and transplant fellowship at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Gruber was the inaugural recipient of Society of University Surgeons-Ethicon Research Fellowship, and his basic research was subsequently supported by an American College of Surgeons Faculty Fellowship. Prior to his arrival at Wayne State, Dr. Gruber initiated successful pancreas transplant programs at Albany Medical College and University of Texas at Houston; became the first surgeon to receive the Tanabe Young Investigator Award from, become board-certified by, and sit on the Board of Regents of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology; co-directed the translational research effort at the University of Louisville leading to the successful performance of the first hand transplant in the nation; and led the Houston team which performed the world’s first living-donor adult-to-pediatric nerve transplant from mother to 8-month old infant with obstetric brachial plexus palsy.