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Dr. Dele Davies new academic affairs vice chancellor/dean of graduate studies

H. Dele Davies, M.D., M.S., M.H.C.M., has been named vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of graduate studies at UNMC.

The appointment is effective April 1 pending University of Nebraska Board of Regents approval.

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H. Dele Davies, M.D., M.S., M.H.C.M.
Dr. Davies -- a recognized expert in pediatric infectious diseases -- is professor and chairman of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Pediatrics and Human Development Department.

A proven leader

"The combination of his expertise, leadership skills, academic credentials and passion for community work make Dele (pronounced 'Deli') the right individual to lead our academic efforts," said UNMC Chancellor Harold M. Maurer, M.D. "I thank the search committee for identifying this outstanding candidate."

Dr. Davies has a strong record of faculty and student mentorship, Dr. Maurer said, and his proven administrative skills will enhance UNMC's academic focus and continue the momentum of UNMC's educational enterprise.

Community minded

Dr. Davies also has a strong interest in community health, evidenced by his creation of the Obesity Council at Michigan State, which brought diverse faculty members together to discover innovative solutions to the obesity problem. The effort led to increased grant submissions and a book titled, "Obesity in Childhood and Adolescence."

"I am honored to join UNMC," Dr. Davies said. "I can't wait to connect with colleagues and community partners to tackle health challenges in new ways."

Dr. Davies succeeds Rubens Pamies, M.D., who died on Feb. 26. After Dr. Pamies' death, David Crouse, Ph.D., postponed his retirement to serve as interim vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of graduate studies.

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Dr. Davies' file

Education:
  • M.D., University of Toronto Medical School
  • Master’s in community health, University of Toronto
  • Master’s in health care management, Harvard School of Public Health

Previous positions:

  • Michigan State University -- 2003-present
  • Faculty member, University of Calgary -- 1994-2002
  • Faculty member, University of Toronto -- 1992-1993

Research:

  • Interest in streptococcal disease
  • Authored more than 145 peer-reviewed or juried publications
  • Co-investigator on a $7.3 million National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases grant and a $5.6 million Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant
  • Journal reviewer for more than 15 journals including the New England Journal of Medicine

Honors:

  • The Society for Pediatric Research
  • The Alpha Omega Alpha National Honors Society
  • The American Pediatric Society
  • Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
  • Two-time recipient, University of Calgary Distinguished Achievement Award for Overall Excellence

Professional organizations:

  • Secretary-treasurer -- Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs