Wintroub Appointed Interim Dean of the School of Medicine

By Leland Kim

Bruce Wintroub, MD, has been named interim dean of the UCSF School of Medicine while a search committee looks for a permanent replacement. Chancellor Sam Hawgood, MBBS, made the announcement Sept. 11.

“I am deeply grateful to Bruce for his dedicated service and commitment to lead the School through this transition period,” said Hawgood, who served as dean of the School of Medicine until Wintroub’s appointment. “I am confident that he is well equipped to serve in this role and to ably steer the School through the months ahead.”

I am confident that (Bruce) is well equipped to serve in this role and to ably steer the School through the months ahead."

Chancellor Sam HawgoodMBBS

Bruce Wintroub, MD, confers with colleagues Anja Paardekooper, associate dean of financial affairs, left, and Bonnie Maler, associate dean of research and facility planning.

Wintroub has served UCSF for more than 32 years. Most recently he has served as vice dean of the School of Medicine, a position he held for ten years. Wintroub is also a professor and has been chair of the Department of Dermatology since 1985.

“I am delighted, honored and privileged to serve in this capacity for the School of Medicine and UCSF,” he said. “I deeply appreciate the trust and confidence the Chancellor has in me.”

Wintroub will maintain his responsibilities in the Department of Dermatology, including his position as chair.

He has also led the Dermatology Foundation, a non-profit organization that develops and retains tomorrow’s teachers and researchers in dermatology. Wintroub has helped raise more than $60 million for the organization.

He earned a bachelor’s degree at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts, and a medical degree at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Wintroub completed residencies and fellowships at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital (internal medicine) and Harvard Medical School (immunology and dermatology) and was a member of the Harvard Medical School faculty for six years before joining UCSF in 1982.

A search committee, co-led by Catherine Lucey, MD, vice dean for education in the School of Medicine, and Shaun Coughlin, MD, PhD, director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute, has been charged to make recommendations to find a permanent School of Medicine dean.

Photos by Elisabeth Fall