Chief Health Officer
Dr. Robert A. Winfield
Director, University Health Service
Room 1148A Health Service
207 Fletcher Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1050
Phone: (734) 763-6880
The University of Michigan is deeply committed to enhancing the health and well-being of faculty, staff and students and in 2006 President Mary Sue Coleman created the position of Chief Health Officer. The Chief Health Officer serves as an advisor to the president and executive officers and plays a key leadership role in promoting the health and wellness of the University community. In September 2006, Dr. Robert A. Winfield was appointed to serve in this role; he was reappointed to a three-year term in 2008.
As chief health officer, Dr. Winfield advances public discussion to improve the health and well-being of faculty, staff and students, as well as dependents and retirees; acts as spokesperson for the University on matters related to health and well-being; advocates for effective health programs, policies and practices; and works to raise awareness and understanding in the community of health-related concerns. He works closely with key University groups charged with promoting the health and well-being of faculty, staff and students, such as the Michigan Healthy Community Advisory Committee, on efforts to create a national prototype for new approaches to rational and affordable health.
Dr. Winfield is the director of the University Health Service (UHS) and the Chief Health Officer for the University. He has been a leader in the development of University policy on a variety of health-related concerns. From 2001 to 2003, he headed the University’s Mental Health Work Group, which created recommendations for far-reaching changes to improve mental health support for students. He co-chaired the SARS Campus Planning Group and he currently co-chairs the All Hazards Planning Group that has focused on preparations for a possible influenza pandemic, domestic terrorism and other disaster situations. In this capacity, he works closely with many units of the University, the Health System, the Washtenaw County Health Department, and the Michigan Department of Community Health. He has served for the past two years as a member of the Michigan Healthy Community Task Force, chairs the Integrated Disability Oversight Committee, and co-chairs the University Smoke-Free Initiative and the Michigan Healthy Community Steering Committee; all of which are charged to improve the health, well-being and productivity of the University faculty and staff.