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Michael F. Collins, MD, was appointed Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Medical School by the Board of Trustees of the University of Massachusetts on September 26, 2008. From June 2007 to September 2008, Dr. Collins served as the medical school’s interim chancellor. Also in June 2007, Dr. Collins was appointed Senior Vice President for Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Collins currently oversees the University of Massachusetts system-wide health and life sciences portfolio, charged with leading strategic initiatives to strengthen the university’s efforts in the area and to engage more fully with the Commonwealth’s dynamic health and life sciences sector.
As Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Dr. Collins provides critical direction and leadership to the campus's continuing efforts to distinguish itself as a premier academic health sciences center of national and international distinction. Dr. Collins directs the campus's institutional advancement, fundraising and external outreach efforts, focusing on expanding and enhancing relationships with the University of Massachusetts and its Board of Trustees; the UMass Memorial Health Care System; the communities served by the medical school; state and federal governmental entities; foundations, corporations and the philanthropic community; and international partners. In addition, he provides strategic management to a burgeoning UMass Medical School enterprise, which generates more than $900 million in annual revenues and includes: the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the Graduate School of Nursing; more than 1,100 graduate-level students and a workforce of 6,800; a number of complex and diversified business units such as Commonwealth Medicine and MassBiologics of UMMS; and a thriving $250 million research portfolio.
Before assuming the leadership of the university’s medical school, Dr. Collins was appointed Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2005. Prior to joining the UMass System, Dr. Collins served as president and chief executive officer of Caritas Christi Health Care System from 1994 to 2004. Under his leadership, Caritas Christi became the second-largest health care system in New England, generating more than $1.1 billion in annual revenues from six acute care hospitals, physician group practices, several extended care facilities and other health care entities, all located in eastern Massachusetts.
Dr. Collins is actively engaged in service to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and has amassed vast experience in governance of not for profit and educational entities. Currently, he serves on the boards of UMass Memorial Health Care, the New England Healthcare Institute, Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives, The American University of Beirut, Commerce Bancshares Corp., Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, Greater Worcester Community Foundation and the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts.
A 1977 graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and past board chair, Dr. Collins earned his medical degree from the Tufts University School of Medicine. He is a board certified physician in internal medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.