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April 13, 2010

By Elizabeth Allen - Express-News 

The University of Texas Health Science Center has named Dr. Francisco González-Scarano the new dean of the School of Medicine and vice president for medical affairs.

González, who will take the position Aug. 1, cited the health science center's physical growth, particularly in the recently opened Medical Arts and Research Center, as one plus in his decision to take the job.

“I know that the faculty is excited about the future of the school, and the job of a dean is to make their excitement a reality,” González said, “and hopefully I'll be able to do that for them.”

He is currently chairman of the department of neurology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he has worked since joining the faculty in 1982 as a neurology professor.

González emerged from a field of more than 60 candidates, health science center President William Henrich said in a statement, and “it was determined that Dr. González's experience, communication skills, creativity and energy were a superb match with the skills required for success in this position.”

González will take over from acting medical dean Dr. Glenn Halff, who took the role when then-medical dean Henrich was named the health science center's interim president in January 2009.

“I'm delighted that Francisco González accepted the job,” Halff said. “He's incredibly well-suited to take over the school of medicine leadership.”

González said he has discussed the medical school's priorities with the health science center leadership, including the implications of health care legislation and the possibility of a free-standing academic children's hospital in San Antonio.

He acknowledged that a children's hospital is a good recruiting tool.

“Yes, the best pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists always want to be in a place where the child is the center of the health system,” González said, “and I think — again, without committing myself, because I really can't do that until I'm there and hear all sides — that is a very exciting possibility.”

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