The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School has named S. Claiborne "Clay" Johnston, M.D., Ph.D., as the inaugural dean. He will lead the school in developing new approaches for teaching, patient care and research that build on a vision to transform both medical education and health care delivery.
Johnston is currently associate vice chancellor of research at the University of California, San Francisco. He is a practicing neurologist who specializes in preventing and treating stroke. He will begin March 1 at the Dell Medical School, which plans to welcome its first class of students in fall 2016.
“There is no greater opportunity for improving health care than by building a medical school from the ground up at a top institution like UT and in an entrepreneurial city like Austin. With a deeply committed community, it’s remarkable Austin hasn’t had a medical school until now. The opening of Dell Medical School gives the city the chance to approach medical education differently and more effectively than ever before,” Johnston said.