- Associated Press - Thursday, October 27, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Board of Regents has ended an investigation into leadership at University of Arizona’s College of Medicine, without saying what the review found.

Board of Regents‘ Chairman Greg Patterson on Wednesday declined to release a copy of the report delivered to the board that prompted the decision.

“On behalf of the Arizona Board of Regents, we are wholeheartedly committed to the continued success of the University of Arizona Colleges of Medicine,” Patterson said. “It is because of our strong support of this institution that we convened an independent review.”

Patterson said the board does not believe more board inquiry is necessary, but they have asked UA President Ann Weaver Hart to create a comprehensive business plan to guide the medical school in the future.

The Board of Regents, which oversees Arizona’s three state universities, commissioned the report after the Arizona Medical Association requested an independent review of circumstances surrounding the departure of Dr. Stuart Flynn, the former dean of the university’s Phoenix medical school, and other members of his management team.

Chic Older, who is the executive vice president of the Arizona Medical Association, said the board’s response is too abstract to understand since they will not say what the review found.

Older said the physicians’ organization is not going to give up on getting more answers.

Hart said in a statement Wednesday that she is pleased that the review found no grounds for further board inquiry.

“I also appreciate that the board acknowledged the University of Arizona’s demonstrated excellence in medical education and research and significant enhancements to health care in Arizona,” Hart said. “The progress made is largely due to the vision and valuable contributions of Dr. Skip Garcia and his team of committed physician scientists.”


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