Dr. Michael Millis will continue another three-year term as faculty director of the Center in Beijing

May 26, 2022

A letter from Juan J. de Pablo, Executive Vice President for National Laboratories, Science Strategy, Innovation, and Global Initiatives

I am pleased to share with you a leadership update regarding the University of Chicago Center in Beijing. Dr. Michael Millis, Professor of Surgery and Vice Chair of Global Surgery, has been re-appointed as faculty director of the Center in Beijing for a second three-year term, commencing July 1, 2022, and concluding on June 30, 2025. Serving at the pleasure of the Provost, as faculty director Michael directs the Center’s academic agenda, leads the Beijing Faculty Steering Committee in reviewing and awarding the annual Provost’s Global Faculty Awards for mainland China, and ensures that the Center meets the broad needs of University of Chicago faculty and students.

Michael is an expert in adult and pediatric transplant surgery. His clinical interests include liver transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery, and his research explores the application of cellular technology to patient care. His research interests also include health and policy ethics. He has consulted with the National Health Commission of PRC to help them transform their transplant system, including the development of a donor system for volunteer citizen deceased donors.  Michael has developed a Clinical Leadership Development Fellowship to help clinicians learn how to lead teams, programs, hospitals, and health systems.  He has focused the fellowship towards young physicians in China who have been recognized by their institutions as future leaders.

Michael’s initial term as faculty director commenced on October 1, 2019. During his initial term he worked closely with Center in Beijing staff to adapt to the changing needs of the pandemic, including providing support and resources for our Chinese students who were unable to come the US during the 2020-21 academic year, pivoting programming to virtual formats to engage academics unable to travel, and engaging local scholars to conduct in-person events for the local audience. He has been deeply involved with the Center since its founding and has a long history of collaborations in China.

Please join me in congratulating Michael on his re-appointment.