Caetano named dean of
UT Southwestern Allied Health Sciences School

Dr. Raul Caetano

DALLAS — June 1, 2006 — Dr. Raul Caetano, regional dean of the UT School of Public Health campus in Dallas, has been named dean of the UT Southwestern Allied Health Sciences School, effective Aug. 7.

Dr. Caetano will serve as dean of both institutions, which are housed in the same building at UT Southwestern Medical Center. At the allied health school, he succeeds Dr. Gordon Green, who is stepping down to take another position within the school after serving as dean since 1991.

"Dr. Caetano's leadership will bring both schools closer together and spur collaboration between students and faculty in hopes of achieving more integration in education, research and service," said Dr. Alfred Gilman, executive vice president for academic affairs, provost and dean of UT Southwestern Medical School. "The idea is to make medicine, allied health and public health work in tandem to improve clinical services and prevent disease and health problems in the community."

Dr. Caetano, 61, began working in the UT System in 1998, when he arrived at UT Southwestern to head the Dallas campus of the School of Public Health, a component of the UT Health Science Center at Houston.

The Dallas campus has 90 students seeking master of public health degrees in disciplines such as epidemiology and biostatistics. Campus faculty members also are actively engaged in research and community service.

The UT Southwestern Allied Health Sciences School has more than 300 students seeking bachelor's and master's degrees in various health professions, from physical therapy to physician assistant to clinical dietetics.

Dr. Caetano said one of his main objectives is to achieve more integration between the allied health programs and the rest of the campus.

"I want to help open new avenues of communication and collaboration," he said. "Hopefully that would make all of us more effective in addressing health issues in a more effective way."

Dr. Caetano was selected after an extensive, multi-month national search by a committee appointed by Dr. Kern Wildenthal, UT Southwestern president.

Dr. Green, who will work in a supervisory role with the Community Prevention and Intervention Unit in the allied health school when Dr. Caetano replaces him as dean, said he's delighted with the selection.

"He's been with the UT System and he knows how to work effectively in that system, so he has a head start," Dr. Green said. "His public health experience in epidemiology will be useful when dealing with issues on a population basis rather than one individual at a time."

Dr. Caetano, a native of Brazil, earned an M.D. in psychiatry from the State University of Rio de Janeiro in 1969.

After studying psychiatry at the University of London in England, he came to the United States in 1978 and earned a Master of Public Health in behavioral sciences and a Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1983, he began working as a senior scientist for the California-based Alcohol Research Group, a National Institutes of Health-supported national alcohol research center that studies alcohol and drug use and related topics, and was director by the time he left to join the UT System in 1998.

He has published his work on various topics, including the epidemiology of substance abuse and alcohol use by minorities, in dozens of scientific journals. He serves on the editorial boards of many substance-abuse publications and is a member of the advisory board of a number of related agencies in the community.

Dr. Caetano, who is also an adjunct professor of psychiatry at UT Southwestern and a professor of epidemiology at the School of Public Health, said he believes his new dual-dean role can help build a bridge between UT Southwestern and the School of Public Health to ensure the future quality growth of each.

"I have one foot in each institution, so I am going to be trying to establish a bridge," he said. "We're going to be working together."


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