Office of the Provost
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 four degree-granting schools, while leading a faculty of more than 3,200. He also is responsible for the more than $528 million in annual biomedical research funding awarded to faculty.
Prior to joining UTSW, 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 established multidisciplinary programs for hand transplantation at Johns Hopkins and University of Pittsburgh using an immunomodulatory protocol based upon his laboratory investigation, and 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 received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and 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, President of the American Society for Reconstructive Transplantation, and President of the American Association for Hand Surgery.
Joan W. Conaway, Ph.D.
Vice Provost, Dean of Basic Research, and Professor of Molecular Biology
Holder of the:
- Cecil H. Green Distinguished Chair in Cellular and Molecular Biology
Joan W. Conaway, Ph.D., a distinguished biomedical researcher, has been Vice Provost and Dean of Basic Research since July 2021, providing strategic leadership for UT Southwestern’s state of the art basic biomedical research and guiding the expansion and coordination of resources that support investigations at the forefront of innovation.
Dr. Conaway was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2020 and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2002. Her research lab studies molecular mechanisms responsible for the regulation of RNA polymerase II transcription, a process that, when disrupted, can lead to cancer and other diseases.
Before joining UT Southwestern, Dr. Conaway was an investigator at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in Kansas City, Mo., and an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She also has been an associate investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
She received her undergraduate education from Bryn Mawr College, majoring in Chemistry and in Biology with honors from Haverford College. She earned her doctorate in Cell Biology from Stanford University School of Medicine, and completed post-graduate training as a research fellow at the DNAX Research Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology in Palo Alto, Calif.
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.
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, where he graduated with Honors and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, Dr. Ginsburg completed a residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in academic pediatrics/infectious disease at UT Southwestern.
He served as the first Medical Director at Children’s Medical Center Dallas from 1982-1988 and later as Chief of Staff for 15 years. 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. Dr. Ginsburg won multiple awards for teaching excellence during his career.
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.
Cameron W. Slocum, M.B.A.
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Department of Academic Affairs
As Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Academic Affairs, Cameron W. Slocum, M.B.A., 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.
Andrew Zinn, M.D., Ph.D.
Dean, UTSW Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences & Professor
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.
Jon Williamson, Ph.D.
Dean, UTSW School Of Health Professions & Professor
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.