W. P. Andrew Lee, M.D.
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Provost, and Dean, UT Southwestern Medical School
Holder of the:
- Atticus James Gill, M.D. Chair in Medical Science
W. P. Andrew Lee, M.D., an international leader in hand transplantation, joined UT Southwestern as Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Provost, and Dean, UT Southwestern Medical School in February 2019. Dr. Lee is responsible for advancing the academic mission of UT Southwestern’s three degree-granting schools, while leading a faculty of more than 2,500. He also is responsible for the more than $469 million in biomedical research funding awarded to faculty.
Since 2010, Dr. Lee served as Director (Chair) of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His research has focused on tolerance strategy for vascularized composite allo-transplantation (VCA) to ameliorate the need for long-term systemic immunosuppression. Dr. Lee led surgical teams that performed the first double hand transplant and first above-elbow arm transplant in the United States, as well as the world’s first total penis and scrotum transplant in 2018.
He completed medical school and a general surgery residency at Johns Hopkins, followed by plastic surgery training at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Lee was on the faculty at Harvard Medical School, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He has served as the President of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Chair of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and President of the American Society for Reconstructive Transplantation, and is currently serving as President of the American Association for Hand Surgery.
Dwain Thiele, M.D.
Vice Provost and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Initiatives, and Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
Holder of the:
- Jan and Henri Bromberg Chair in Internal Medicine
Dwain L. Thiele, M.D., FAASLD, is Vice Provost and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Initiatives, working to expand opportunities for the growth and development of the faculty and for sustaining and further developing the Medical School.
A Professor of Internal Medicine, Dr. Thiele joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 1983 and has served as Vice Chair for Financial Affairs and as Interim Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine. He also previously served as Chief of Hepatology and as Interim Chief of the Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases.
He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Duke University School of Medicine, followed by fellowship training in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at UT Southwestern. His research has focused on delineating mechanisms of cytotoxic lymphocyte activation, differentiation, and effector function.
David Russell, Ph.D.
Vice Provost and Dean of Research and Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics
Holder of the:
- Eugene McDermott Distinguished Chair in Molecular Genetics
David Russell, Ph.D., is Vice Provost and Dean of 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.
Eric Peterson, M.D.
Vice Provost and Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Research, Vice President for Health System Research, and Professor, Internal Medicine
Holder of the:
- Adelyn and Edmund M. Hoffman Distinguished Chair in Medical Science
Eric Peterson, M.D., M.P.H., an internationally acclaimed leader in cardiovascular clinical research, joined UT Southwestern Medical Center in November 2020 as the inaugural Vice Provost and Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Research and as Vice President for Health System Research.
Dr. Peterson joined UT Southwestern from Duke University, where he was a distinguished tenured professor in the Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine from 2006 through October 2020 and where he served as Executive Director of the Duke Clinical Research Institute. At Duke, Dr. Peterson led numerous multicenter clinical trials, prospective registries, and implementation programs.
He currently serves as Principal Investigator of the Analytic Centers for American College of Cardiology’s National Cardiac Database, the American Heart Association’s Get With the Guidelines Database, and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons’ National Cardiac Surgery Database. He also is Principal Investigator of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Spironolactone Initiation Registry Randomized Interventional Trial (SPIRRIT) in Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction and leads several ongoing industry-sponsored clinical trials, registries, and implementation research studies.
With more than 1,400 peer-reviewed publications to date, Dr. Peterson ranks among the top 1 percent of published researchers in clinical medicine and has been named one of the most highly cited researchers in the world by Thomson Reuters.
Dr. Peterson earned his medical degree from University of Pittsburgh and completed his residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He also completed a fellowship in general internal medicine at Harvard University and a fellowship in cardiology at Duke University.
Jon Williamson, Ph.D.
Dean of UT Southwestern School of Health Professions, and Professor, Department of Health Care Sciences
Holder of the:
- Arnold N. and Carol S. Ablon Professorship in Biomedical Science
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 Fort 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.
Dean of UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professor, Eugene McDermott Center for Human Growth & Development and Department of Internal Medicine
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 obesity and recently identified the cause of a rare genetic disorder affecting multiple organs, including skin and the immune system.
Cameron W. Slocum, MBA
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Academic Affairs
As Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Academic Affairs, Cameron W. Slocum, MBA, focuses on administrative, strategic, and financial functions to support UT Southwestern’s academic missions. His reporting relationships to the leadership of Academic, Health System, and Business Affairs allow him to improve day-to-day operating activities.
He joined UT Southwestern Medical Center in September 2014. Previously, Mr. Slocum held the position of Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the University of Texas Medical Branch Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Health Professions, and the Graduate School, and also worked as Executive Director of the Faculty Group Practice Plan during his 16-year tenure with UTMB.
He is the author of “UTMB: From Disaster Planning to Long-Term Recovery,” which appeared in the Domestic Preparedness Journal. In 2012, Mr. Slocum was honored by the Houston Business Journal with a “40 under 40” award, which recognizes the top 40 young professionals in the Houston region. He is an active leader in the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Group on Business Affairs and served as National Chair in 2014 and 2015.
Mr. Slocum earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Texas A&M University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston – Clear Lake.
Charles M. Ginsburg, M.D.
Vice Provost and Senior Associate Dean for Education and Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Holder of the:
- Marilyn R. Corrigan Distinguished Chair in Pediatric Research
Charles Ginsburg, M.D., is Vice Provost and Senior Associate Dean for Education 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.
Byron Leon Cryer, M.D.
Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
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.
Associate Dean and Director, Office of Global Health and Professor, Department of Surgery
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 and Director 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.
Helen Yin, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Office of Women’s Careers and Professor, Physiology
Holder of the:
- Peter and Jean D. Dehlinger Professorship in Biomedical Science
- Margaret Yin Chair for the Advancement of Women Faculty
Helen Yin, Ph.D., has been Associate Dean, Office of Women’s Careers since the Office’s founding in 2012. She collaborates with the Office of Faculty Diversity and Development to develop training and resources, focusing particularly on career advancement of female faculty members. Dr. Yin co-created a leadership development program for junior faculty and also established a grantsmanship program and writing workshop focused on research grants.
Dr. Yin was elected a University of Texas System Distinguished Professor in 2014 and received the System’s Academy of Health Science Education’s Innovator Award in 2015.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Mount Holyoke College and her Ph.D. in physiology from Harvard University. She joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 1989.