The Dean of Warwick Medical School and University of Warwick Pro Vice-Chancellor for Regional Engagement, Professor Yvonne Carter, is to take early retirement.
Prof Carter, who has been with the university for six years, will step down at the end of the month due to ill health.
She joined Warwick Medical School in 2003 as vice-dean and a year later she became the third ever female dean of a medical school in the UK.
Under her leadership, Warwick Medical School has developed into an innovative centre for research and education.
Prof Carter also successfully led the school through the General Medical Council quality assurance process and, following this, the Privy Council granted independent medical degree awarding status to Warwick in 2007.
During her tenure as dean, Warwick Medical School was also ranked amongst the top ten medical schools in the UK for the quality of its health services research.
Earlier this year, she was rewarded with a CBE for services to Medical Education, building on the OBE she received for services to health services research in 2000.
During her time at Warwick, Prof Carter was also named the Confederation of British Industry’s First Woman of Science in 2006 and appointed Deputy Lieutenant for the County of the West Midlands last year.
She previously worked for 20 years as a practising GP with deprived inner city communities in Liverpool, Birmingham, east London and, until 2007, in Coventry.
Prof Carter said: “This has been such a difficult decision. I really have enjoyed working at the university and relished my role at Warwick Medical School.
“I have felt privileged to hold the role of dean, pro-vice chancellor and vice-chair of the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire Trust. I hope the university and Warwick Medical School will continue to go from strength to strength.”