J. Gregory Fitz, MD, has stepped down as dean of The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center’s school of medicine, school officials announced.
Dr. Fitz, a gastroenterologist who has published extensively on liver disease and liver transplantation, had been the school’s executive vice president for academic affairs, provost, and dean since 2009, health science center President Daniel K. Podolsky, MD, said in a statement.
“Dr. Fitz will be returning to the faculty and will also be taking on a new leadership role with responsibility for developing a broader and more comprehensive global health program for UT Southwestern,” Dr. Podolsky said. “He will be expanding the scope of our current program, which has focused primarily on students, to encompass more faculty involvement and to include an array of research programs designed to address global health needs.”
Dr. Fitz joined the medical center in 2003, and currently holds the Nadine and Tom Craddick Distinguished Chair in Medical Science and the Atticus James Gill, MD, Chair in Medical Science.
During his time as dean, the school’s research expenditures have grown to $432 million. The school’s faculty have received $340 million in grants — 19 percent of all grants awarded since 2010 — from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), Dr. Podolsky said.
The school will form a committee to conduct a nationwide search for Dr. Fitz’s successor.
Dwain Thiele, MD, a professor of internal medicine and vice provost and senior associate dean for faculty affairs and initiatives, has agreed to serve as the interim executive vice president for academic affairs, provost, and dean until a permanent replacement is found, Dr. Podolsky said.