Howard Federoff UC Hospital

Dr. Howard Federoff, head of UCI Health System, resigns

IRVINE - Dr. Howard Federoff, CEO of the UCI Health System and vice chancellor for health affairs, stepped down from those leadership roles, UC Irvine officials announced Tuesday, Feb. 6.

The university will not offer any further comment about Federoff’s decision to resign, said spokesman Tom Vasich. But, he added, Federoff, who came to UCI in July 2016 from Georgetown University, will continue his neurobiological research on campus.

According to a UCI statement, the roles of CEO and vice chancellor will now become two separate positions.

The chief executive, the statement said, will oversee all clinical operations including the hospital, medical group and research centers while the vice chancellor will oversee academic and research programs within the Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences.

Federoff is a prominent researcher who has made breakthroughs in Alzheimer's disease research. At Georgetown, he led a team of researchers in designing a blood test that predicted the development of Alzheimer's disease with 90 percent accuracy.

During earlier interviews with the Register, Federoff said he came to UCI because of his interest in integrating the academic side of health care with the enterprise side of research, which leads to new treatment.