Dr. S. Edwards Dismuke will be the new dean of the Wichita campus of Kansas University's medical school.
Dismuke has been with KUSM-W since 1991, serving as chair of the school's Department of Preventive Medicine at both the Wichita and Kansas City campuses.
"This is a very important time for medical education in our country, and Dr. Dismuke has the talent and skills to lead our Wichita campus into the next generation of medical education," Donald Hagen, executive vice chancellor of KU Medical Center, said.
Dismuke said he will focus on establishing a national model for a community-based medical school campus.
"Running a community-based medical school is much different from running a school in a tertiary academic center like the KU campus in Kansas City," Dismuke said in a prepared statement. "One of my highest priorities is to become a trusted community partner as we all work to improve the overall health of Wichita, Sedgwick County and Kansas."
Dismuke has been a medical school faculty member for 23 years, serving previously at the University of Tennessee Medical School. At KU, he helped develop the school's nationally recognized master's of public health program.
He will oversee 27 Wichita-based departments with 95 full- and part-time faculty, 130 administrators and support staff and more than 700 volunteer physicians.