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University Health Center Leadership


September 18, 2020

Dear Campus Community,

 
I am honored to announce Dr. Spyridon (Spiro) Marinopoulos as the new Director of the University Health Center, starting January 2021. As director, Dr. Marinopoulos will be responsible for overall strategic leadership of the Center which provides health care services for students, faculty, staff, and visitors, as well as oversight of the Maryland Athletics medical staff. Also serving as Chief Medical Officer for the university, he will lead and consult on all campus health and safety decisions related to COVID-19.
 
Dr. Marinopoulos comes to the University of Maryland from Johns Hopkins University where he serves as Director of University Health Services. In this role for the last 15 years, he works to address the healthcare needs of students and trainees at the Johns Hopkins East Baltimore campus. Throughout his time at Johns Hopkins, he has served on the university Task Force on Student Mental Health and Well-being, led the implementation of a combined primary care and mental health practice for students, oversaw the expansion of clinical resources and established the Office of Wellness and Health promotion.
 
Dr. Marinopoulos received his AB in Chemistry and his MD and MBA degrees from the University of Chicago. He then completed his internal medicine training at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center before joining the full-time faculty of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2001, where he is an Assistant Professor of Medicine.
 
His proven leadership at Johns Hopkins, in addition to his emphasis on student wellness and care for staff, makes me confident that he will immediately make an impact here at Maryland. The exceptional University Health Center staff will continue to lead the way as we partner with state and county health officials, on behalf of the entire campus community. We are excited to have Dr. Marinopoulos at the helm.
 
I would also like to acknowledge and extend my profound gratitude to and admiration for Dr. Sacared Bodison, who served at the university for nearly 35 years and came back from retirement in fall 2019 to step in as Interim Director of the University Health Center. Dr. Bodison will continue at the university in an advisory role to ensure a smooth transition in leadership.
 
Thank you Dr. Bodison! And welcome Dr. Marinopoulos!
 
Sincerely,
 
Patty Perillo Signature
 
Patty Perillo
Vice President for Student Affairs
 
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