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Office of the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs

David L. Dunn, M.D., Ph.D., became the University of Louisville’s Executive Vice President for Health Affairs in July 2011. Prior to joining UofL, Dr. Dunn was the vice president for health sciences and professor of surgery, microbiology and immunology at the University at Buffalo.

Prior to joining the University at Buffalo, Dr. Dunn was the Jay Phillips Professor and Chairman of Surgery at the University of Minnesota. He also was the Division Chief of General Surgery, Head of Surgical Infectious Diseases, Director of Graduate Studies, and Residency Program Director of the Department of Surgery. He was a full member of the faculty of the graduate programs in Surgery and the Biomedical Science.

Dr. Dunn has published more than 400 articles and book chapters in the areas of Surgical Infectious Diseases and Transplantation, and is considered an authority nation-wide and world-wide in the following areas: 1) Endotoxin antagonist development and testing, 2) Immunomodulation during sepsis, 3) Intraabdominal sepsis and host defenses of the peritoneal cavity, 4) Cytomegalovirus disease after solid organ transplantation, and 5) Pancreas transplantation. He received support from the Institute of General Medical Sciences of the NIH for more than 20 years. Postdoctoral fellows that he supervised consistently obtained NIH support and prestigious research awards from academic societies. He conducted a number of large-scale, randomized prospective studies investigating the Prophylaxis, Treatment, and Pathogenesis of Cytomegalovirus Disease in Solid Organ Transplant Recipients.

Dr. Dunn has received regional and nationwide recognition in many surgical organizations holding office as:

  • Past-President, Surgical Infection Society
  • Past-President, Association for Academic Surgery
  • Past-President, Minnesota Chapter of the American College of Surgeons
  • Past-President, Society of University Surgeons
  • Past-President, Society of University Surgeons Foundation

He is a former member of the National Institutes of Health Surgery, Anesthesiology and Trauma Study Section, Division of Research Grants. He is an active member of a number of academic societies including the American Surgical Association, Association for Academic Surgery, Society of University Surgeons, et al. and is a member of the editorial board of Annals of Surgery and Surgical Infections. He also is an Associate Editor of the 9th edition of Schwartz’s Principles of Surgery and its companion texts.

The Executive Vice President for Health Affairs at UofL provides leadership for the university’s Health Sciences Center. The Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health and Information Sciences, as well as 14 centers and institutes, all fall under the oversight of the executive vice president for health affairs, who also serves as a key member of President James Ramsey’s leadership team. The Executive Vice President also has principal responsibility for external affairs including hospital relations and other affiliated entities.

Contact Information Office of the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs:
Abell Administration Center
323 E Chestnut St
Louisville, KY
502 852-5184

David L. Dunn, M.D., Ph.D.

David L. Dunn, M.D., Ph.D.