Medical school names Tolar executive vice dean

Portrait of Dr. Tolar

Renowned pediatric blood and marrow transplant physician and researcher Jakub Tolar, M.D., Ph.D., has been named to the new position of executive vice dean for the Medical School. 

In this role, Tolar is focusing on implementing the Medical School’s strategic plan. He will work closely with departments on recruiting and retaining faculty and increasing research and scholarship activity, work with centers and institutes to maximize productivity and impact, and partner with Medical School Dean Brooks Jackson, M.D., M.B.A., to achieve philanthropic and legislative goals.

“Jakub has ambition, experience, leadership skills, and a strong track record of research, clinical, and administrative success,” Jackson says. “He brings 24 years of commitment to our school, having served in roles as varied as student, resident, fellow, faculty, physician, administrator, and mentor. It is this breadth of experience that will be critical as he focuses on implementing the strategic plans for scholarship and research.”

Tolar—who also directs the University’s Stem Cell Institute, conducts research, and sees patients — is familiar with the challenges faced by clinicians, physician-scientists, and basic scientists alike. 

“I believe this Medical School has the people we need to make us one of the best in the nation,” he says. “I hope to work with faculty and staff to identify and remove obstacles to success in recruiting and retaining faculty, performing meaningful research, and excelling at scholarship at the highest, most creative level.”  

Published on October 24, 2016