New School of Medicine Dean Appointed

Vikas Sukhatme

Emory has appointed Vikas Sukhatme, a distinguished physician and scientist, as the new dean of the School of Medicine. He also will serve as chief academic officer of Emory Healthcare and as Woodruff Professor.

Sukhatme was formerly chief academic officer and Harvard faculty dean for academic programs at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and the Victor J. Aresty Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

“Dr. Sukhatme is a highly recognized and exceptional biomedical scientist, clinician, and teacher,” says Emory Healthcare CEO Jonathan Lewin. “I am confident that under his leadership, the medical school will continue its upward trajectory in reputation and impact and will further enhance the Woodruff Health Sciences Center’s place as one of the world’s premiere academic health centers.”

Born in India and raised in Rome, Italy, Sukhatme completed a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate in theoretical physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received an MD from Harvard Medical School in the Harvard-MIT program in Health Sciences and Technology. Following his residency in medicine and a clinical fellowship in nephrology at Massachusetts General Hospital, he spent two years at Stanford in immunology research.

“With a stellar leadership team, an extraordinary faculty, an outstanding cadre of staff, trainees and students, and distinguished alumni and supporters, Emory’s future is bright,” Sukhatme says. “Now is the time to take on some of the most challenging problems in medicine and biology, and tackle them through innovative, interdisciplinary approaches.”

Sukhatme’s research spans numerous areas of medicine in both fundamental science and clinical care, including a longstanding interest in tumor metabolism and immunology.

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