Medical School Names New Vice Deans to Oversee Research and Education

Medical School Names New Vice Deans to Oversee Research and Education

Dec 1, 2011 10:58 AM

(SALT LAKE CITY)—Cardiologist Dean Y. Li, M.D., Ph.D., a groundbreaking researcher in vascular development and disease, has been named the inaugural vice dean for research at the University of Utah School of Medicine and chief scientific officer at University of Utah Health Care. His colleague Wayne M. Samuelson, M.D., a respected expert in asthma and the school’s current senior associate dean, has been tapped to serve as the new vice chair for education. 

“I want to thank both Dr. Li and Dr. Samuelson for their willingness to take on these expanded leadership responsibilities,” said Vivian S. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., University senior vice president for health sciences, dean of the medical school, and CEO of University of Utah Health Care. “Our medical school is well positioned to build on its past success and I look forward to working with both of these talented leaders

Dean Y. Li

As vice dean for research, Li will be responsible for oversight of the school’s research activities and the development and realization of a research strategic plan. As chief scientific officer, he will be responsible for coordinating and maximizing the health system’s investment into translational, clinical, and health care research leading to new treatments and health care delivery innovations for patients.

Li is a distinguished scientist and internationally recognized for his groundbreaking research in vascular development and disease. He is the H.A., and Edna Benning Endowed Professor of Internal Medicine and director of the University’s Molecular Medicine M.D./Ph.D. Program – a role that will be incorporated into his new duties. He also is a professor of oncological sciences. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and his graduate degrees from Washington University in St. Louis. 

Wayne M. SamuelsonSamuelson is a professor of internal medicine and a respected pulmonologist specializing in asthma. As the vice dean for education, he will be responsible for oversight of all aspects of the medical school’s education enterprise and the development and realization of a strategic plan for the school’s education and training programs.

Since 2003, he has served as the associate dean for admissions and in 2008 was named senior associate dean. He is nationally recognized as an expert on medical school admissions and curriculum and has represented the University on a number of committees at the Association of American Medical Colleges. He received both his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Utah and completed his postgraduate training at Duke University Medical Center.

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