Appointment Strengthens School of Medicine’s Strategic Management of Information Technology
University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that Sharon A. Bowser, MBA, Assistant Dean for Information Services has been promoted to the position of Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM). This appointment has expanded Ms. Bowser’s IT leadership role in the School. Ms. Bowser, a longtime UM SOM information technology professional, brings to this position more than 30 years of experience in information technology in an academic setting.
As Deputy CIO, Ms. Bowser will develop the UM SOM’s overall technology strategy, and will align that strategy with the school’s overall goals so that IT is responsive and nimble. She will work to improve the school’s technology, collaborating with departments, programs, centers and institutes, including researchers and faculty members to provide the right technology while strengthening the school’s IT security and regulatory compliance.
In addition, working with the school’s Information Technology Affairs Advisory Committee (ITAAC) currently co-chaired by Peter Rock, MD, MBA, Professor and Chair, Department of Anesthesiology and Jay Magaziner, PhD, MSHyg, Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, she will help review current IT service delivery models and develop a new model that is more efficient, reduces redundancies, and allows local IT providers to focus on the specialized needs of their departments. ITAAC's top operational priorities include moving all faculty and staff email addresses to one email system; migrating all SOM email accounts to MS Office 365; SOM partnering with FPI, and UMMS (UM Medicine IT Network) as well as UMB, to reduce the number of logins needed to access resources across Campus; and strengthening the SOM's IT security posture to enable compliance with federal, state, and university policies and security guidelines.
Prior to her current appointment, Ms. Bowser served as the assistant dean for information services at UM SOM, responsible for enterprise applications development, web development, and infrastructure and technical support. She earned a BA degree in information systems management and an MS degree in business administration – both from the University of Maryland, University College.
“Sharon Bowser has done excellent work at the School of Medicine for these many years,” said Dean Reece, who is Vice President of Medical Affairs, the University of Maryland and the John Z. and Akiko Bowers Distinguished Professor. “I am confident that with Ms. Bowser’s excellent technical and management skills, she will advance the SOM IT programs most efficiently and effectively.”
About the University of Maryland School of Medicine
The University of Maryland School of Medicine was chartered in 1807 and is the first public medical school in the United States and continues today as an innovative leader in accelerating innovation and discovery in medicine. The School of Medicine is the founding school of the University of Maryland and is an integral part of the 11-campus University System of Maryland. Located on the University of Maryland’s Baltimore campus, the School of Medicine works closely with the University of Maryland Medical Center and Medical System to provide a research-intensive, academic and clinically based education. With 43 academic departments, centers and institutes and a faculty of more than 3,000 physicians and research scientists plus more than $400 million in extramural funding, the School is regarded as one of the leading biomedical research institutions in the U.S. with top-tier faculty and programs in cancer, brain science, surgery and transplantation, trauma and emergency medicine, vaccine development and human genomics, among other centers of excellence. The School is not only concerned with the health of the citizens of Maryland and the nation, but also has a global presence, with research and treatment facilities in more than 35 countries around the world.