Thiele takes on new clinical strategic role

By Lin Lofley / Week of Jan. 8-14, 2011

Dr. Dwain L. Thiele has been named senior associate dean for strategic development, a new initiative directed at both UT Southwestern University Hospitals & Clinics and at Parkland Health & Hospital System.

In his new role, Dr. Thiele will look 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. Dwain L. Thiele

“Dr. Thiele has deep knowledge of the many clinical, research and educational programs across the campus,” said Dr. Greg Fitz, executive vice president for academic affairs, provost and dean of UT Southwestern Medical School. “This experience and perspective will be invaluable as we plan for the changes ahead.”

Dr. Thiele, a professor of internal medicine who joined the faculty in 1983, is a native Texan who grew up in the South Texas town of Bishop. In the past five years, he has served the Department of Internal Medicine first as vice chairman for financial affairs and then as interim chairman.

He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston after majoring in biochemistry and chemical physics at Rice University. He completed his residency at Duke University and first came to UT Southwestern for research and clinical training in liver diseases and gastroenterology.

“This new position will be dealing mostly with development of faculty,” Dr. Thiele said. “We’re an academic medical institution, and we’ll always be focused on our core mission of education, research and clinical care. Now we’re aiming to create more patient-focused opportunities for research.”

Pointing to the continued development of UT Southwestern and the need to expand clinical opportunities for faculty at Parkland and University Hospitals, Dr. Fitz highlighted the medical center’s threefold mission of clinical expertise, top-tier research and medical education.

“It is essential that we develop careful strategic plans for faculty recruitment, support and utilization of space within a transparent financial structure,” Dr. Fitz said. “Dr. Thiele will be responsible for directing these activities, focusing on determining the optimal composition and location of faculty and trainees to meet the clinical, educational and research needs of the future, developing financial models to support excellence in all of these activities and assuring optimal use of academic and laboratory space in the future.”

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Dr. Fitz holds the Nadine and Tom Craddick Distinguished Chair in Medical Science and the Atticus James Gill, M.D., Chair in Medical Science.

Dr. Thiele holds the Jan and Henri Bromberg Chair in Internal Medicine