Tolar named Medical School dean

Portrait of Jakub Tolar

Jakub Tolar, M.D., Ph.D.

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler, Ph.D., has appointed Jakub Tolar, M.D., Ph.D., dean of the Medical School, pending approval by the Board of Regents. He succeeds Brooks Jackson, M.D., M.B.A., who has accepted the position of vice president for medical affairs and dean of medicine at the University of Iowa.

A Distinguished McKnight Professor of Pediatrics and holder of the Edmund Wallace Tulloch and Anna Marie Tulloch Chair in Stem Cell Biology, Genetics, and Genomics, Tolar is a longtime member of the Medical School’s faculty, most recently serving as the school’s executive vice dean. He is an internationally recognized leader in regenerative medicine and has directed the University’s Stem Cell Institute since 2013.

“Dr. Tolar is known for his dedication to patients and for his collaborative approach to working with elected officials, citizens, health care partners, and colleagues,” Kaler said in announcing the new appointment. “I am confident that he will continue our positive momentum through his energetic commitment to advancing discovery, educating the next generation of health care leaders, and leading in high-quality clinical care.” 

An expert in pediatric blood and marrow transplantation, Tolar sees pediatric patients and conducts research aimed at finding new ways to treat lethal childhood diseases—such as cancer, metabolism errors, and genetic disorders—using stem cell transplantation, gene therapy, and gene editing.

Kaler also named Tolar interim vice president for health sciences “while the University determines an ideal structure for the continued success of our health sciences.” Besides the Medical School, the health sciences include the schools or colleges of dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, public health, and veterinary medicine.

Published on October 18, 2017