GRU includes nine Colleges/Schools, ranging from Business, Education, and Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, to Medicine, Allied Health, and Science & Mathematics, and serves as home to Georgia's public academic health center. Dr. Azziz also serves as Chairman of the Boards of the Georgia Regents Health System and Medical Center, responsible for the coordination and alignment of the entire clinical enterprise.
Since assuming his leadership role, Dr. Azziz has focused on advancing the university’s education, research, and clinical programs; re-energizing philanthropy; and expanding GRU’s state, national and global reach. He has strengthened the university’s commitment to civic and scholarly engagement, embraced sustainability, and fostered collaborative partnerships both within and outside the university community.
In previous positions, Dr. Azziz served as a transformational leader of multiple institutions, including the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); and University of Alabama at Birmingham. In addition to maintaining a nationally recognized clinical practice, Dr. Azziz led institution-wide initiatives to measure and improve faculty productivity, new faculty development and retention, and academic excellence. He is an internationally recognized clinical translational researcher, developing an important research program into androgen-excess disorders in women, which has been funded by the NIH since 1988.
A native of Uruguay and an accomplished artist, Dr. Azziz brings a global and creative spirit to his leadership of Georgia Regents University. He and his wife, Cindy, are enjoying life in the South with their children, Ashlee, Jonathon, and Mallory, and their dog, Arlo..