Chancellor, Health Professions Division
Advancing the State of Health Care Expertise
You can hear the passion in his voice, you can see it in his eyes, and you can read about it on the many plaques that line his office walls. As the chancellor of Nova Southeastern University’s Health Professions Division (NSU-HPD), Fred Lippman, R.Ph., Ed.D., has used his fire to build one of the finest academic programs for future health care providers.
“One of the most important things we can provide our citizens with is quality holistic health care,” Lippman said. “As an educator and administrator, my job is to make sure the next generation of doctors, pharmacists, dentists, optometrists, and other health care professionals receive the best training anywhere. Our students will have a burdensome responsibility to society once they leave NSU.”
Piloting one of the most prestigious academic divisions at NSU, Lippman helped foster the exponential growth of HPD’s six colleges—osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, optometry, dental medicine, allied health and nursing, and medical sciences. The division has more than 6,000 students and 1,300 faculty and staff members.
Lippman’s sturdy guidance has also led to the creation of nursing and anesthesiologist assistant programs; expansion of physician assistant programs at NSU’s Student Educational Centers throughout Florida; growth of the medical school to become the 11th largest in the nation; and continued excellence of one of the nation’s top dental schools.
“Dr. Lippman provides much needed stability and direction to the faculty and staff within HPD,” said Patrick Hardigan, Ph.D., head of research at the Health Professions Division. “He embraces a leadership and management style that empowers people to do their jobs. Most critically, he has effective communications skills, which emphasize listening and collaboration.”
“I’m a people person,” Lippman said. “You can’t sit up in the ivory tower and understand people. You have to go onto campus and into the labs and hallways to communicate with students and professors.”
Beyond the classroom, Lippman was instrumental in creating a multimillion-dollar research program at HPD during a time when NSU’s health-oriented research was in its infancy compared to the University of Miami and University of Florida. “He has been the most vital cog in developing and stimulating research at HPD,” Greber said.
Under his watch, cancer research grew significantly at NSU’s Rumbaugh-Goodwin Institute for Cancer Research. The institute’s executive director, Appu Rathinavelu, Ph.D., and his team are developing state of- the-art medications to treat breast, lung, colorectal, and pancreatic cancers.
Meanwhile, endodontics professor Peter Murray, Ph.D., and his colleagues are cloning new teeth using adult stem cells harvested from existing teeth. The researchers have secured $1.7 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health for their dental stem cell research.
“Research is essential to a university’s success,” Lippman said.
In addition to research, the College of Osteopathic Medicine has increased its medical missions to the Caribbean and South America to provide health care to impoverished communities. Also, the colleges of dental medicine and optometry have opened more community clinics to help people who don’t have regular access to care, and the College of Pharmacy is now offering classes in West Palm Beach and Puerto Rico.
So what’s next?
Well, the sky is the limit for someone with as many boundless new ideas and as much passion as Fred Lippman.