J. Gregory Fitz, M.D., FAASLD
Holder of the:
- Nadine and Tom Craddick Distinguished Chair in Medical Science
- Atticus James Gill, M.D. Chair in Medical Science
Formerly the Chair of Internal Medicine, in 2009 J. Gregory Fitz, M.D., FAASLD, was named Dean of the UT Southwestern School of Medicine and Provost of the Medical Center. A world-renowned hepatologist, Dr. Fitz was a member of the Governing Board of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and served as its President in 2013. His studies on the cellular mechanisms responsible for regulation of the number, type, and activity of ion channels in liver cells and on the role of ATP as an autocrine/paracrine signal regulating bile formation and other liver functions have been funded by the National Institutes of Health for more than 20 years, including an active MERIT Award. Prior to joining the faculty at UT Southwestern, Dr. Fitz served as Head of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and before that as Professor of Medicine and Director of the gastroenterology fellowship program at Duke University Medical Center, where he received his medical degree in 1979.
David Russell, Ph.D.
Holder of the:
- Eugene McDermott Distinguished Chair in Molecular Genetics
David Russell, Ph.D., is Vice Provost and Dean of Basic Research at UT Southwestern Medical Center. A Professor of Biophysics and Molecular Genetics, Dr. Russell joined the faculty at UT Southwestern in 1982. Dr. Russell’s research interests are in lipid metabolism, and he co-authored the popular molecular biology manual Molecular Cloning. Dr. Russell is the recipient of numerous professional awards and recognitions, including the Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health, and election to both the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Russell earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of North Carolina and was a Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation postdoctoral fellow, studying with 1993 Nobel laureate Michael Smith at the University of British Columbia.
Jon Williamson, Ph.D.
As Dean of the UT Southwestern School of Health Professions, Jon Williamson, Ph.D., is responsible for overseeing the school’s academic programs, budget and finances, strategic planning, clinical operations, and research programs. He has previously served as Interim Dean, Chair of the Department of Health Care Sciences, Assistant Dean for Research, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, as well as the Director of a Center for Interdisciplinary Research and a Center for Teaching and Learning. Dr. Williamson received his Ph.D. from the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Ft. Worth, completed his training as a research fellow in cardiology at UT Southwestern and joined the faculty in School of Health Professions in 1995. He is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and his research programs have focused on neural control of the circulation, neuroplasticity, and cortical remapping following injury and rehabilitation. As a Distinguished Teaching Professor, he also has keen interest in interprofessional education, health care teams, and student performance.
Andrew R. Zinn, M.D., Ph.D.
As Dean of the UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Andrew R. Zinn, M.D., Ph.D., oversees the education needs of more than 600 doctoral students and 500 postdoctoral fellows and supervises the graduate program chairs. A noted human geneticist, Dr. Zinn began his research career working in protein synthesis before earning his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from UT Southwestern. He later completed postdoctoral training in human and mouse genetics as a Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Cancer Research Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He returned to UT Southwestern in 1993 as an independent postdoctoral fellow and joined the faculty in 1996. Dr. Zinn, who is also a Professor with the Eugene McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development, and his laboratory discovered the genetic basis of an inherited form of inherited obesity and recently identified the cause of a rare genetic disorder affecting multiple organs, including skin and the immune system.
In his role as Vice President for Student & Alumni Affairs, Wes Norred is responsible for the administration of student support services including Admissions, Student Records, Student Financial Aid, and the Bryan Williams, M.D. Student Center. He is the chief student affairs officer of the Medical Center and chairs the Student Health Administration Board and the Student Trainee Subcommittee of the Six-Year Planning Committee. Mr. Norred has a keen sense of student needs and a dedication to addressing them. He is also responsible for alumni relations including finding innovative ways to connect students with alumni. His efforts, combined with his long tenure, have connected him with more than 10,000 UT Southwestern Medical School graduates. Mr. Norred is a graduate of the University of Arizona and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
Cameron W. Slocum, M.B.A.
Cameron W. Slocum, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Academic Affairs, joined UT Southwestern in September 2014. Mr. Slocum focuses on administrative, strategic, and financial functions to support UT Southwestern’s academic missions. He has reporting relationships to the leadership of Academic, Heath, and Business Affairs that will allow him to improve our day to day operating activities. Most recently, Mr. Slocum held the position of Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Health Professions, and the Graduate School, as well as Executive Director of the Faculty Group Practice Plan of the University of Texas Medical Branch, where he was employed for more than 16 years. He is the author of “UTMB: From Disaster Planning to Long-Term Recovery,” which appeared in the November 2010 issue of the Domestic Preparedness Journal. In 2012, Mr. Slocum was recognized by the Houston Business Journal and given a “40 under 40” award, this honor is reserved for the top 40 young professionals in the Houston region. He was the National Chair-Elect in 2013 and is currently serving as Chair for the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Group on Business Affairs. Mr. Slocum earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Texas A&M University and an M.B.A. from the University of Houston – Clear Lake.
Angela Wishon, J.D.
In her role as Vice President for Research Administration, Angela Wishon oversees functions that support investigators and research personnel, including regulatory compliance. Her office is responsible for the Institutional Review Board, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, the Conflict of Interest Office, and the Office for Clinical Research Facilitation, which includes the clinical research billing, coverage analysis reviews, and negotiation of clinical trial agreements. For UT Southwestern’s CTSA award, Ms. Wishon is a co-Director with responsibility for the Research Environment Core which oversees the regulatory support services associated with the award and the Center for Translational Medicine. In addition, Ms. Wishon is working with Medical School leadership to implement new technologies for managing research review processes, effort certifications, and clinical trial data. Before joining UT Southwestern Medical Center, Ms. Wishon served as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Regulatory Compliance at the University of Colorado Denver campus and Anschutz Medical Campus and directed the Regulatory Knowledge and Support Core for the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. She previously served as Director of Research Facilitation and Compliance, and then Director of the Research Compliance Office at UT Medical Branch at Galveston. She earned her law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law after graduating from Washington University in St. Louis.
Charles M. Ginsburg, M.D.
Holder of the:
- Marilyn R. Corrigan Distinguished Chair in Pediatric Research
Charles Ginsburg, M.D., is Senior Associate Dean for Academic Administration at UT Southwestern Medical Center, with responsibilities including budgeting and financial management, strategic planning, capital and resource allocation, research faculty recruitment, operational review of the Medical School’s academic and administrative departments, and institutional research. A graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, Dr. Ginsburg completed two residencies in pediatrics and a fellowship in academic pediatrics/infectious disease at UT Southwestern. During one residency, he served as both Medical Director and Chief of Staff at Children’s Medical Center Dallas. Dr. Ginsburg received the Alpha Omega Alpha Award for Teaching Excellence six times between 1979 and 1996. In 2009, Dr. Ginsburg served as Interim Dean of the UT Southwestern Medical School while the search for a new dean/provost was underway. Previously, he was Chair of the Department of Pediatrics for 15 years. Dr. Ginsburg’s research interests include cutaneous manifestations of infectious diseases and pediatric infectious diseases.
Dwain Thiele, M.D.
Holder of the:
- Jan and Henri Bromberg Chair in Internal Medicine
Dwain Thiele, M.D., is Senior Associate Dean for Strategic Development at both UT Southwestern University Hospitals & Clinics and at Parkland Health & Hospital System. In this role, he looks to expand opportunities for growth in the size of the clinical faculty, sustain and further develop the research enterprise at the Medical Center, and aid students and trainees at various stages of their careers. Dr. Thiele, a Professor of Internal Medicine, joined the faculty in 1983 and has served the Department of Internal Medicine first as Vice Chair for Financial Affairs and then as Interim Chair. He has also previously served as Chief of Hepatology and as Interim Chief of the Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases. Dr. Thiele received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and completed his residency at the Duke University School of Medicine. Research conducted in Dr. Thiele’s laboratory focuses in areas including delineating mechanisms of cytotoxic lymphocyte activation, differentiation, and effector function.
Byron Leon Cryer, M.D.
Holder of the:
- John C. Vanatta III Professorship
As Associate Dean for Faculty Diversity and Development at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Byron Cryer, M.D., facilitates the efforts of Chairs and others to recruit and retain faculty, and oversees a reporting system for tracking progress in UT Southwestern’s efforts to promote the careers of women and underrepresented minorities. These efforts require campus-wide strategies to assure optimal identification, mentoring, and retention of candidates. Previously, Dr. Cryer served as Associate Dean for Minority Student Affairs in the Medical School, where he initiated several innovative programs. A graduate of Harvard College, Dr. Cryer received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, where he also completed his internal medicine residency training. After a gastroenterology fellowship at UT Southwestern, he joined the faculty in 1992 and has focused his efforts as a clinical scholar in gastroenterology, with specific research interests in the pathogenesis of ulcer disease and the adverse effects of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Fiemu E. Nwariaku, M.D.
Holder of the:
- Malcolm O. Perry, M.D. Professorship in Surgery
Fiemu Nwariaku, M.D., is a Professor in the Department of Surgery. He also serves as Associate Dean for the Office of Global Health, seeking to expand the institutional mission by integrating existing international activities, establishing new programs, and serving as a resource for faculty and students to work abroad. He is a leading force in teaching and developing medical training initiatives in West Africa, South America, China, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East. His clinical interests include surgical treatment of adrenal, thyroid, and parathyroid tumors, and endocrine tumors of the pancreas. Dr. Nwariaku is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and has been president of the Association for Academic Surgery, overseeing creation of the organization’s global affairs committee. He earned his medical degree from University College Hospital in Nigeria before coming to UT Southwestern Medical School as a general surgery resident. He completed a two-year fellowship at UT Southwestern Medical Center before joining the faculty in 1998 as an Assistant Professor.