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Cynthia Haq, MD, appointed chair, Department of Family Medicine

A message from Michael J. Stamos, MD, Dean, UC Irvine School of Medicine

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that Cynthia Haq, MD, has accepted my offer to become the next chair of the Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Haq is currently professor of family medicine and population health sciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Her appointment at UC Irvine will begin Jan. 1, 2018.

Dr. Haq has a deep and longstanding commitment to promoting health for vulnerable populations. Earlier in her career, she served as medical director for a rural health center in Uganda, training village health workers to improve child survival. She established the first family medicine training program for physicians in Pakistan. She is now leading efforts to strengthen medical education in Ethiopia. Dr. Haq has designed and published extensively on socially accountable health professional education. She led an International Health Fellowship Program and served as a consultant to the World Health Organization. She has received numerous research and teaching awards, including Fulbright scholarships to Pakistan and Uganda.

In addition to her scholarship, Dr. Haq has remained clinically active. She provided a range of family medicine services in rural Belleville and in Madison, Wisconsin for 20 years. She has practiced in central Milwaukee, where she cared for families, the uninsured and homeless.

Dr. Haq received her medical degree from Indiana University and completed a residency in family medicine at University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has served in numerous leadership positions at UW, including as founding director of the UW Center for Global Health from 2005 to 2011 and director of medical student education at UW from 1995 to 2003. She has led the Training in Urban Medicine and Public Health program for UW medical students since 2008.

I would like to express my appreciation to Dr. Emily Dow, who has served as interim chair since July 2014. Dr. Dow has done an exemplary job leading the department and will continue in that role until Dr. Haq’s arrival.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Haq and thanking Dr. Dow for her leadership.


Michael J. Stamos, MD
Dean, UC Irvine School of Medicine