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Alfred Gilman Named Dean of Ut Southwestern Medical School


Alfred Gilman, MD, PhD

The University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical School has appointed Alfred Gilman, MD, PhD, to the position of dean. Gilman has served as interim dean since the May 2004 departure of Dr. Robert Alpern and will continue his oversight of the faculty, medical students, and clinical residents.

Gilman was recruited to UT Southwestern in 1981 to chair the Department of Pharmacology. Thirteen years later, his discovery of G proteins and their role in cellular communication earned him the 1994 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. In 2000, he established the Alliance for Cellular Signaling, an interdisciplinary effort to advance the understanding of cell communication. Although Gilman will relinquish his chair, he will continue his leadership of the Alliance, as well as of the Cecil H. and Ida Green Comprehensive Center for Molecular, Computational, and Systems Biology.

Gilman earned his bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Yale University and his MD and PhD in pharmacology from Case Western Reserve University. After his postdoctoral research in the Laboratory of Biochemical Genetics at the National Institutes of Health, Gilman joined the University of Virginia School of Medicine, where he served in the Department of Pharmacology for 10 years.

Gilman holds the Raymond Willie and Ellen Willie Distinguished Chair in Molecular Neuropharmacology, in Honor of Harold B. Crasilneck, PhD, the Nadine and Tom Craddick Distinguished Chair in Medical Science, and the Atticus James Gill, MD, Chair in Medical Science.

John Flack Named Interim Chair of Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine


John Flack, MD

John M. Flack, MD, was appointed Wayne State University (WSU) School of Medicine interim chair of the Department of Internal Medicine in May 2005. Flack had served previously as chief quality officer and as associate chairman for academic affairs in that department.

Flack joined the WSU faculty in 1997 as a professor in the departments of Internal Medicine and …

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