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Message from the President

Friday, Jul 27, 2012

Dr. David L. Callender, President

New Leader for Academic Enterprise to Join UTMB Oct. 1

I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Danny O. Jacobs, currently the David C. Sabiston Jr. Professor and chair of surgery at Duke University Medical Center, has been appointed executive vice president and provost, and dean of the School of Medicine. He will join UTMB on Oct. 1.

Dr. Jacobs is an accomplished physician-scientist and teacher who is committed to excellence and innovation. In his new role, he will lead the UTMB Academic Enterprise as it pursues its strategic mission goals in the areas of health sciences education, research and patient care. He will hold faculty appointments in the Department of Surgery and the Institute for Translational Sciences.

Dr. Jacobs earned his AB degree in biology and an MPH degree from Harvard University. He received his MD degree from Washington University in St. Louis, completing a surgical residency and serving as chief resident at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He is a prolific author and editor with research interests in the metabolic effects of  malnutrition, stress, infection, and injury; nuclear magnetic resonance applications in organ function and metabolism; and specific nutrients and growth factors in enteral and parenteral nutritional support. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the National Board of Nutrition Support. (For more information on Dr. Jacobs’ professional accomplishments, view his curriculum vitae.)

I also want to express my deep appreciation to Dr. Cary Cooper, interim executive vice president and provost, and Dr. Donald Prough, interim dean of medicine. These dedicated faculty leaders willingly took on additional responsibilities over the past year to ensure the ongoing success and progress of our academic enterprise, and UTMB owes them a debt of gratitude.

Please join me in thanking Drs. Cooper and Prough for their service and in welcoming Dr. Jacobs and his wife, Nancy, to UTMB and the community.

Dr. David L. Callender
President