UT, ProMedica reps appointed to lead Academic Affiliation Operating Group

December 21, 2015 | News, UToday, Medicine and Life Sciences
By Brandi Barhite

The academic affiliation between The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences and ProMedica is moving forward with the appointments of two representatives to lead the process.

Dr. James Kleshinski, UT senior associate dean for clinical affiliation, and Holly Bristoll, chief integration officer for academic affiliations for ProMedica, will guide and advise the Academic Affiliation Operating Group toward the goals outlined in the agreement signed in August.

Kleshinski and Bristoll issued a joint statement about their appointments:

“It is an honor to serve in this new role as our two organizations begin the exciting work ahead of us. Through the affiliation, we want to enhance the training and education of medical students, residents, fellows and allied health professionals, and retain these high-quality graduates in northwest Ohio. We also want to develop Toledo Hospital and Toledo Children’s Hospital into a premier academic medical center focused on safety, quality and cost-effective medical care, and develop unique areas of research excellence as well.”

Dr. Christopher Cooper, executive vice president for clinical affairs and dean of the UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences, said one of the first steps in establishing the academic affiliation will be the creation of a transition steering committee, led by Kleshinski and Bristoll, and implementation teams for each residency and fellowship.

The steering committee, which will be multidisciplinary, will address the overall planning of the resident transition, new residency development, student transition, facility changes/accommodations and capital spending.

In addition to the residents, Cooper said UT and ProMedica will look at adding electives for medical students. The two organizations also will explore opportunities in the areas of nursing, medical technicians, pharmacy, occupational therapy/physical therapy and others as both UT and ProMedica identify needs in the allied health professions.



“Creating a more dynamic academic medical center will benefit our entire community,” Cooper said. “The academic affiliation has already proven to be a key differentiator in recruiting faculty and staff, including recent open positions that have attracted nationally recognized candidates as well as the potential for enhanced research funding and development.”

Kleshinski graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor of science in pre-professional studies in 1992. He subsequently earned his medical degree from the former Medical College of Ohio in 1996. He did his internship at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago before returning to the MCO to complete his residency in internal medicine.

He is a professor in the Department of Medicine at UT’s College of Medicine and Life Sciences and is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He also served as the associate dean for admissions in the medical school from 2005 to 2012 and associate dean for Graduate Medical Education over the last four years.



Bristoll has held various leadership positions within ProMedica throughout her 24 years of service, including vice president of marketing and regionalization; vice president of strategic business development; president of ProMedica Wildwood Orthopaedic and Spine Hospital; executive director of the ProMedica Orthopaedic Institute; and president of ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital. She also serves as the president of ProMedica Bay Park Hospital.

Bristoll received her MBA from the University of Michigan, and she completed her undergraduate studies at Michigan State University.

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