AAP Member Dr. James McDeavitt Named Chair of the PM&R Department at Baylor College of Medicine
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Posted by: Bernadette Rensing
Dr. James McDeavitt, a recognized leader in educational, research and
clinical programs, has been named chair of the Department of Physical
Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Baylor College of Medicine.
His appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2014.
"Dr. McDeavitt has an excellent track record in creating and building
innovative programs across all mission areas," said Dr. Paul E.
Klotman, president and CEO of BCM. "He understands Baylor’s commitment
to excellence and will be a strong leader for our talented physical
medicine and rehabilitation team."
McDeavitt is coming to BCM from the Carolinas HealthCare System, one
of the largest and most comprehensive systems in the country, where he
served as chief academic officer and senior vice president for education
and research. During his nine years in that position, he led a
substantial expansion of the academic mission of that organization. His
responsibilities included all aspects of the academic enterprise:
undergraduate and graduate medical education, continuing medical
education, research from bench to clinical implementation and allied
health education. McDeavitt also served as the founding associate dean
for the Charlotte Campus of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
School of Medicine.
In addition to his academic responsibilities, he served as the
executive leader for a variety of operational initiatives across a
two-state, 40-hospital care delivery system. Among his accomplishments
were development of a tertiary/quaternary referral system;
implementation of a system-wide critical care service line; and design
of a comprehensive approach to large scale physician leadership
"I am humbled and honored to have been selected to work with such an
outstanding organization as Baylor College of Medicine," McDeavitt said.
"The BCM Department of PM&R has been a leader in our field for
nearly 50 years; I am confident it will lead for the next 50."
McDeavitt received his medical degree from the Bowman Gray School of
Medicine of Wake Forest University and, following a year of medical
missionary work in rural Guatemala, completed his residency training in
physical medicine and rehabilitation at Thomas Jefferson University
Hospital in Philadelphia, where he served as chief resident.
Prior to his current role at the Carolinas HealthCare System,
McDeavitt was the founding chair the Department of Physical Medicine and
Rehabilitation at the Carolinas Medical Center. As chair, he worked
with a team that built nationally recognized education and research
programs, while simultaneously expanding inpatient and outpatient