The right people at all levels

Medical School People

Dean and Vice President for Medical Affairs

On January 21, 2014, the University announced that Dr. Clay Johnston has been named inaugural dean of the Dell Medical School. He will lead the school in developing new approaches for teaching, patient care and research that build on a vision to transform both medical education and health care delivery. As of March 1, 2014, Dr. Johnston will serve as dean of the medical school and university vice president for medical affairs. He plans to continue treating patients as dean and will become a professor of neurology.

Dean Johnston comes to UT from the University of California, San Francisco where he was associate vice chancellor of research. In his 17 years on the faculty at UCSF, he served as director of stroke services and professor of neurology and epidemiology. He also directed UCSF’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute, where he helped accelerate research to improve health care and secured partnerships with biotech companies, foundations and private funders. He founded the Center for Healthcare Value to create new models to support innovation in health care delivery and has launched several new educational programs. Johnston has published extensively on stroke prevention and treatment and won multiple national honors for his work.

Dean Johnston immediately will begin establishing a leadership team that can continue the work that is already underway in developing curriculum, and clinical and research programs, gaining national accreditation and building facilities in the southeastern sector of the UT Austin campus. His duties will include hiring department chairs in clinical services such as medicine, surgery, women’s health and pediatrics.

He will also begin meeting with community groups and leaders to foster relationships between the school and the Travis County community. 

Vice Provost for Biomedical Sciences 

On January 16, 2013 the university announced that Robert O. Messing has been hired to serve as vice provost for biomedical sciences. During 26 years at the University of California, San Francisco, Messing helped build the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center. He also balances administrative work and medical education with research on the science of addiction.

Faculty and Administration

The deans of many UT schools and colleges are identifying how their current programs can collaborate with the medical school to provide greater opportunities in education and research.

Local Physicians

Medical education has occurred in Austin for many years and it is important for the Dell Medical School to develop within this context. Residencies were sponsored in the early 20th century by the local medical society. Seton Healthcare and St. David’s Hospital have sponsored extensive residency programs for years. The Travis County Medical Society represents more than 3,200 members. The Dell Medical School will enhance this thriving medical community. We are building relationships with key people and organizations in order to coordinate with existing resources.