UT Dell Medical School announces inaugural dean

University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers announced Dr. S. Claiborne Johnston will be the first dean of the Dell Medical School at a press conference on Tuesday.

Johnston is currently associate vice chancellor of research at the University of California, San Francisco. He is a practicing neurologist who specialized in preventing and treating stroke. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physics at Amherst College and a medical degree from Harvard University before earning a Ph.D. in epidemiology at the University of California, Berkley. He will begin March 1 at the Dell medical School.

Dr. Johnston will also serve as the university vice president for medical affairs and a professor of neurology. He said he plans to continue treating patients as dean.

The school is expected to take its first class of 50 students in 2016. This project is a partnership between Seton Healthcare Family, Travis County’s Central Health, and UT.

The developments should bring new specialty care and primary care options to the area. Officials also cite a study showing that the school and teaching hospital would bring 15,000 news jobs and $2 billion each year in economic activity. The study was conducted by TXP Inc.

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