Hancock, Dessauer accept leadership roles at McGovern Medical School

September 20, 2022

JULY 29, 2022
MEREDITH RAINE/ UTHEALTH HOUSTON MEDIA RELATIONSChair for Integrative Biology & Pharmacology
John F. Hancock, M.B, B.Chir, Ph.D.

Following a national search for a permanent dean of McGovern MedicalSchool at UTHealth Houston, Graduate School faculty member John F. Hancock, MA, MB, BChir, PhD, ScD, will be the new executive dean and H. Wayne Hightower Distinguished Professor in the Medical Sciences at McGovern Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2022. Hancock, the John S. Dunn Distinguished University Chair in Physiology and Medicine, becomes the 10th dean in McGovern Medical School’s history, and will build upon its legacy of outstanding education, innovative research, and compassionate patient-centered care, UTHealth Houston President Giuseppe N. Colasurdo, MD, announced today.

As Hancock transitions to his role as executive dean, GSBS faculty member Carmen Dessauer, PhD, will serve as chair ad interim of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology while a national search for the department chair is underway. A graduate of Louisiana State University, Dessauer has been a member of the faculty at McGovern Medical School for almost 25 years and has served as professor and vice chair of the Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology since 2017.


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