Dr. Kevin Lally
Dr. Kevin Lally

Dean Barbara J. Stoll has appointed Dr. Kevin Lally, chair of the Department of Pediatric Surgery, the interim chair for the Department of Pediatrics, effective Sept. 1, 2016.

Dr. Eric Eichenwald, who has served as chair of the Department of Pediatrics since 2013, has accepted the position as chief of the Division of Neonatology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

“On behalf of the medical school, I want to thank Dr. Eichenwald for his leadership and service to the department, to the children’s hospital, and to the school,” Dean Stoll said. “He has been a terrific advocate for our patients, for pediatrics clinical support, education and research, and for his department’s faculty, staff, students, residents, and fellows.”

A search committee, chaired by Dr. Jamie McCarthy, chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, and co-chaired by Dr. Susan John, chair of the Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging, has been convened to undertake a national search for this leadership position.

“I am fully committed to finding an outstanding chair to lead this large and dynamic department so that pediatrics continues to flourish and succeed,” Dean Stoll said.