Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs
CEO, Washington University Physicians Faculty Practice Plan
Washington University School of Medicine
James P. Crane, MD, is the associate vice chancellor for clinical affairs and professor of obstetrics and gynecology and of radiology at Washington University School of Medicine. He also is chief executive officer of the school’s faculty group practice, which ranks as one of the 5 largest academic medical practices in the United States.
Dr. Crane was named the medical school’s first associate vice chancellor for clinical affairs in 1991. Early in this new role, he led the effort to create a clinician-teacher pathway for clinically oriented faculty. He also led the planning of the Center for Advanced Medicine, a 710,000-square-foot ambulatory care facility that offers patient-centered, multidisciplinary care.
Dr. Crane oversees clinical practice support operations and works with the 14 clinical department chairs and 1,210 faculty physicians to coordinate clinical program development and to make the school’s clinical enterprise more efficient and responsive to the needs of patients and referring physicians. He also serves as the primary clinical interface with the medical school’s teaching affiliates, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
In the greater community, Dr. Crane is actively involved in efforts to eliminate health disparities and improve access to care for the uninsured. He serves on the board of the St. Louis Regional Health Commission and chairs the Commission’s Access To Care Committee. Dr. Crane also serves on the board of St. Louis ConnectCare and is past chair of the St. Louis Integrated Health Care Network, a community-wide organization composed of the area’s major safety-net institutions whose purpose is to coordinate and enhance care for vulnerable populations.
Dr. Crane has been listed in Best Doctors in America, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.