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First Executive Dean to Lead
UTHSC Medical Colleges Across State
Tennessee (May 23, 2006) –A nationwide search culminated in the appointment of
Steve J. Schwab, MD,
as the first executive dean of the University of Tennessee Health Science
Center (UTHSC) College
of Medicine campuses.
Reporting directly to the chancellor, Dr. Schwab will assume his role at UTHSC
in late July and be located in Memphis.
He will have overall administrative responsibility for the UTHSC College of
Medicine campus locations in Memphis, Knoxville and Chattanooga.
Deans located on each of these campuses will report to Dr. Schwab.
as the most senior administrative leader for College of Medicine
state-wide initiatives, such as the UT Cancer Institute and the UT Biodefense
Network, Dr. Schwab will also work closely with the executive leadership of
UTHSC’s affiliated teaching hospitals.
Schwab is joining Tennessee’s
flagship academic health center at a pivotal point in our history,” said
William F. Owen, Jr., MD, UTHSC chancellor. “We are challenged to meet inequities
in access to healthcare, disparities in healthcare interventions and outcomes,
not to mention escalating costs of healthcare endemic to our nation. With all of these opportunities as a
backdrop, our mandate is to serve the entire state of Tennessee. Dr. Schwab brings extensive leadership
experience that will enable us to achieve our mission of excellence in
education, research, patient care and community service throughout the state.”
to joining UTHSC, Dr. Schwab served as interim dean and chief clinical officer
of the Medical College of Georgia where he was also a Regents Professor and
chairman of the Department of Medicine. Before that, from
1985 to 2003, he was at Duke
University where he rose
to become professor and vice chairman of medicine. He has held board
positions in both the private and public sectors and currently serves on the
Medical Advisory Board of the National Kidney Foundation of Singapore and the
National Renal Alliance.
recognized in the field of renal disease with more than 150 refereed
publications and five books to his credit, he has presented his research
nationally and across Europe and Asia. Dr.
Schwab regularly reviews research for professional journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, the American Journal of Medicine and the American Journal of Kidney Diseases. Currently,
he is on the editorial board of the Journal
of the American Society of Nephrology, Kidney
International and Clinical Nephrology. Additionally, he
has a substantial record of NIH funding in both single-center and multi-center
to his commitment to patient care is the fact that Dr. Schwab was selected for
inclusion in Best Doctors in America
Top Doctors for the past 12 years. Certified in internal medicine and
nephrology by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), Dr. Schwab served
as a board member from 1996 to 2002. The ABIM sets the standards for and
certifies the knowledge, skills and attitudes of physicians who practice
internal medicine in the United
States. He has been honored by the National
Kidney Foundation, the American Heart Association and the American College
of Physicians. Dr. Schwab’s teaching expertise is evidenced by his winning the
Duke University Eugene Stead Teaching Award.
A native of Cape Girardeau, Mo., he graduated from the University of Missouri School of Medicine,
completed a residency in
internal medicine at the University of Kansas Hospitals and Clinics, and a
fellowship in nephrology at the Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, Mo.
As the flagship
statewide academic health system, the University of Tennessee Health Science
Center is focused on a four-pronged mission of education, research, patient
care and community service, all in support of a single goal: to improve the
health of Tennesseans. Offering a broad range of post-graduate training
opportunities, the main campus, with its seven colleges, is in Memphis. The UT Graduate School of Medicine in Knoxville and the UT College of Medicine in Chattanooga also serve as
major educational sites. For more information, visit www.uthsc.edu.