Gilman joins CPRIT leadership; Ginsburg named interim dean

By Erin Prather Stafford

Nobel laureate Dr. Alfred Gilman, executive vice president for academic affairs, provost and dean of the medical school, has been named the chief scientific officer of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), effective June 8. Dr. Charles Ginsburg, senior associate dean for academic administration, has been named interim dean while the search for a new dean/provost continues.

  Dr. Alfred Gilman       Dr. Charles Ginsburg

“In the short time I have served as president, Dr. Gilman has been an invaluable adviser, colleague and friend, and I am personally deeply grateful to him,” said Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, president of UT Southwestern. “I am sure we all wish Al well in this new role, confident that the scientific programs of CPRIT will be in the best hands possible.”

In his new position, Dr. Gilman will spearhead CPRIT’s research division, with responsibility for recruiting and overseeing peer-review panels, developing and implementing intellectual property agreements, and developing and overseeing research-grant monitoring. He will bring together nationally and internationally known cancer research experts to review and evaluate grant applications. Through his leadership, Dr. Gilman will ensure that grant monies awarded will go to research that leads to more effective therapeutics and potential cures to enhance the lives of cancer patients.

Dr. Gilman has served as a member of the UT Southwestern faculty and administration since 1981, when he became the chairman of the Department of Pharmacology. He was named executive vice president of academic affairs and provost in 2006. Dr. Gilman received the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for the discovery of G proteins and the role of these proteins in signal transduction in cells.

Upon his departure Dr. Gilman will hold the honorary title of regental professor emeritus of pharmacology.

Dr. Ginsburg is a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. He completed his residency at Children’s Medical Center Dallas and served as both medical director and chief of staff at Children’s.

He was chairman of the Department of Pediatrics for 15 years and holds the Marilyn R. Corrigan Distinguished Chair in Pediatric Research. Dr. Ginsburg is credited with setting the standards for identifying and nurturing young faculty and physician-scientists as well as developing the pediatrics residency programs.

“Dr. Ginsburg has enormous loyalty to UT Southwestern,” Dr. Gilman said. “He is institutional glue. And his energy level is extraordinary. He will do a wonderful job as interim dean, and we are grateful that he is willing to take on this important responsibility.”

“Dr. Ginsburg has extensive academic experience and has been associated with
UT Southwestern since 1970,” Dr. Podolsky added. “Over the next several weeks, he will work closely with Dr. Gilman and with the academic department chairs to ensure a seamless transition.”

A search committee established last fall will continue to work toward the selection of a permanent successor to Dr. Gilman.

“UT Southwestern is a lush and complex ecosystem with fabulous people,” Dr. Ginsburg said. “I am pleased and honored to be asked to help the institution and its new president at this point in time. I wish the best for Al Gilman in his exciting new endeavors.
UT Southwestern is a better place because of him.”