Penn State University Health Services Announces New Senior Director

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Dr. Bruce Kraut has been named Senior Director of University Health Services (UHS) at Penn State, effective Sept. 15.

Kraut comes to Penn State with a strong medical and administrative background after eight years as medical director and senior administrator at Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, where he led the delivery of health care to a diverse population of students, staff and teachers.

“I am honoured, privileged and honored to have had this extraordinary opportunity to bring my combined passions for academia and medicine to the role of Senior Director of University Health Services,” said Kraut. “It is especially gratifying to be invited to join such a dedicated team within Student Affairs to help ensure the success of each student’s unique mission at Penn State and to promote the values ​​of this iconic institution, especially the value of the “community”, which I deeply share. My family and I are proud to join the chorus of voices from this great university in proclaiming, “We are…Penn State.”

Prior to his role as medical director at the Lawrenceville School, Kraut spent nearly 20 years as the director and senior physician of a pediatric practice in Ocala, Florida. During his last three years in private practice, he also served as Chief of Pediatrics at Munroe Regional Medical Center, the flagship community hospital in Marion County, Florida, which included overseeing pediatric inpatient, outpatient and emergency for the hospital. In this role, Kraut also collaborated on community health initiatives with the Marion County Health Department, community practices, and regional hospitals and health care networks.

In addition to his background as a physician, Kraut brings a wealth of administrative experience with him to Penn State. In his previous roles, he oversaw operations including medical policies, billing and financial viability, insurance negotiations, compliance, and navigating various healthcare delivery models.

Kraut earned his MD from Emory University School of Medicine, and he completed his internship and pediatric residency at the University of New Mexico Hospital. Outside of the medical field, Kraut earned a doctorate in classics from Princeton University and has held teaching positions in classics at the University of Georgia and the University of Florida.

“Bruce’s experience, intelligence, care and passion for student health and well-being is unquestionable,” said Damon Sims, Vice President of Student Affairs. “We look forward to benefiting from his leadership and partnership, and I am confident that our growing commitment to student welfare, in all its dimensions, will benefit significantly from his contributions to the Penn State community.”

Kraut succeeds Micah Griffin, who served as senior director of UHS from January to November 2021. Andrea Dowhower, associate vice president of student affairs, has been acting senior director since November 2021.

UHS, a unit of student affairs, is an on-campus primary health care service offering medical, pharmaceutical, physiotherapy, insurance, laboratory, imaging, medical records, and emergency services.

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