Patrick Brophy, MD, was placed as the William H. Eilinger Professor and Chair in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and as physician-in-chief for Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong. URMC is one of the nation's leading academic medical centers, forming the centerpiece of the university's biomedical research, teaching, patient care, and community outreach missions, and anchored by Strong Memorial Hospital. The leading pediatric referral center in western New York, Golisano Children's Hospital serves 85,000 patients each year, with specialized services such as pediatric intensive care and cardiac intensive care, a 68-bed Level IV neonatal intensive care unit, six pediatric operating rooms, and a pediatric imaging sciences floor. In his role, Dr. Brophy will create a vision and roadmap for child health programs throughout the URMC enterprise and the communities it serves, and will help lead the field nationally and internationally, providing the leadership required to elevate the visibility of the department and of Golisano Children's Hospital, and to further its ability to recruit premier faculty members and build superior programs. He will be accountable for the development and implementation of strategy and policies, and for planning, leading, organizing, and directing the clinical, educational, research, community, and business affairs of the department.
Prior to his recruitment to URMC, Dr. Brophy held a number of roles with the University of Iowa. He was the director of pediatric nephrology, dialysis, and transplantation, and the vice chair of clinical innovation for pediatrics at UI Stead Family Children's Hospital; held the Jean E. Robillard, MD Chair in pediatric nephrology at the UI Carver College of Medicine; and was the assistant vice president of eHealth and innovation and the co-CEO for UI Health Care. During his tenure, Dr. Brophy built the Division of Pediatric Nephrology from virtual nonexistence to one that now includes eight faculty members, opened the first dedicated pediatric dialysis unit in the state, reinstated a pediatric renal transplant program that now accomplishes five to six transplants per year, and instituted a pediatric nephrology fellowship program. He also worked to develop direct-to-consumer virtual platforms for monitoring health, successfully creating an app for monitoring diabetes patients that reduced bed utilization by eight beds per week. Dr. Brophy had broad responsibility for several key entities outside of inpatient care, running outpatient clinics, home care, corporate health, ACO management, and the Healthcare Alliance relationship with other Iowa systems (a vehicle for population health management). In addition, Dr. Brophy maintained funding and investigation in two broad areas – kidney development and pediatric diseases of the kidney, focusing on genetics and molecular structures; and clinical healthcare delivery/health services research.
Dr. Brophy was previously at the University of Michigan, where his roles included assistant professor, co-director of the pediatric lupus program, associate director of acute extracorporeal therapies, director of the pediatric hypertension program, and director of pediatric hemodialysis. He began his clinical career at Winnipeg Children's Hospital in Manitoba, Canada.
Dr. Brophy is originally from Saskatchewan, Canada, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Regina and Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Medicine degrees from the University of Saskatchewan. He completed a pediatric residency at the University of Manitoba, and clinical and research fellowships in pediatric nephrology at the University of Michigan Medical Center. In addition, Dr. Brophy holds a Master of Healthcare Delivery Sciences degree from Dartmouth. Dr. Brophy is the father of two grown sons and a passionate fan of hockey.
QLK's Sharman McGurn led the search to recruit Dr. Brophy to URMC, where his duties will begin on January 1, 2018.