Medical School Dean Announces He Will Step Down

October 09, 2012

Dr. Steven T. DeKosky, vice president and dean of the University of Virginia School of Medicine, will step down at the conclusion of his five-year term on July 31. He made the announcement last week at his “state of the school” presentation.

A world-renowned authority on Alzheimer’s disease, he will remain on the faculty in the Department of Neurology to continue his research and patient care.

President Teresa A. Sullivan praised DeKosky as a dean who helped move the School of Medicine forward in meaningful and measurable ways.

“Steve oversaw significant growth in our medical student class and transformation of our curriculum,” she said. “He maintained research funding during a time of significant decreases in funding nationally, and increased the clinical capacity and access.”

DeKosky expressed his gratitude to faculty and staff for their effort and contributions since his appointment in 2008. “I hope we continue to move forward as an academic medical center across our mission of education, research and clinical care over the next nine months and beyond,” he said.

Executive Vice President and Provost John Simon will initiate a search for DeKosky's successor to ensure a smooth transition.  

“The University has benefitted from Steve DeKosky’s leadership in creating new educational models and collaboration in setting the course for our Health System clinical enterprise,” he said. “Steve also has been an excellent collaborator in developing research initiatives connecting the School of Medicine to the broader university community.”

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