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Jay Perman | President, University of Maryland, Baltimore

Current Position and Past Experience
Since 2010, Jay A. Perman, MD, has served as president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). A pediatric gastroenterologist, Perman continues to practice medicine through his weekly President’s Clinic, where he teaches team-based health care to students of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, law, and social work.

Committed to advancing the health, well-being, and just treatment of Baltimore’s citizens, Perman established a community engagement office and institute to support scholarship and advocacy on behalf of West Baltimore residents. He inaugurated a mentoring program to inspire local middle school students to pursue careers in the health sciences, and he opened the UMB Community Engagement Center to provide health, employment, legal, financial and social services to the university’s West Baltimore neighbors.

With Baltimore’s mayor, Perman co-chairs the UniverCity Partnership, an effort to revitalize Baltimore City’s Westside; he chairs the board of the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, dedicated to improving urban quality of life; and he serves on the board of Baltimore’s Promise, working to secure the health, safety and success of the city’s youth.

Perman first came to UMB in 1999 as chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He left UMB in 2004 to serve as dean and vice president for clinical affairs at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.

Perman began his career in pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. He then served as professor of pediatrics and head of several divisions at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He was later named the Jessie Ball duPont Professor and chair in the Department of Pediatrics at the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medical College of Virginia.

Perman’s career has been marked by participation on many national and regional boards, including the Association of American Medical Colleges Council of Deans, the Children’s Cancer Foundation and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Education, Honors and Achievements
Perman earned a Doctor of Medicine degree with Distinction in 1972 from Northwestern University. Following his residency in pediatrics at Northwestern University Children’s Memorial Hospital, he completed a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology at Harvard Medical School and at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston.

Perman is a past president of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition; a former section chair of the American Gastroenterological Association; and a former executive committee member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He’s been listed among “The Best Doctors in America” since 2001.

Connect
You can learn more about Jay Perman through his page on the UMB website.
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