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Mitchell Watsky, PhD, Named Associate Dean for
Graduate Health Sciences in the
The University of
Memphis, Tenn. (October 8, 2009) – Steve J. Schwab, MD, interim
chancellor and executive dean for the College of Medicine at the University of
Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), and Cheryl Scheid, PhD, UTHSC vice
chancellor for Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs, and interim dean for the
College of Graduate Health Sciences, named Mitchell Watsky, PhD, as associate dean
for Graduate Health Sciences in the College of Medicine, Memphis campus. Dr.
Watsky assumed his new role on October 1.
The UTHSC College of Graduate Health Sciences grants PhD and master’s
degrees in the health sciences. This
appointment reflects the cooperation and interdependence of the
Dr. Watsky obtained his PhD in 1989 from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship in physiology and biophysics with the Mayo Foundation under the tutelage of James Rae, PHD. Dr. Watsky joined UTHSC in1992 as an assistant professor in the Department of Physiology, and has since been awarded tenure as full professor within the department.
He has garnered numerous awards and honors throughout his career. With more than 50 publications in peer reviewed journals, he has served as principal investigator on numerous current and past grant awards. Dr. Watsky chaired the Physiology Department Graduate Committee from 1995 to present, and has had significant involvement in the Graduate Interdisciplinary Program as a track director and member of various advisory committees.
The search committee was led by Charles Handorf, MD,
PhD, chair for the UTHSC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. The search committee also included chairs
from all four basic science departments along with representation from St. Jude
“Dr Watsky has demonstrated his dedication to
graduate education and trainees in the
“I am happy to be able to continue my work with the graduate programs at UTHSC, and look forward to working with the students, faculty and leadership of the colleges of Medicine and Graduate Health Sciences," stated Dr. Watsky.
As the flagship statewide academic health system, the
mission of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is to bring the
benefits of the health sciences to the achievement and maintenance of human
health, with a focus on the citizens of
This study quantifies the economic impact of the UTHSC on the economy of the state of Tennessee for FY2010.
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