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.