Kansas University’s Medical School has named H. David Wilson as the new dean of the school’s Wichita campus.
Wilson is currently the dean of the University of North Dakota’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the university’s vice president for health affairs.
He intends to begin in his new position on July 1.
Wilson, a pediatrician with fellowship training in infectious diseases, said he looked forward to being a part of the community and the medical school in Wichita.
He said he had several projects in mind for the school, including working with the faculty to determine the viability of having all four years of medical education completed in Wichita.
He said he’d like to focus on creating more doctors for rural areas, including primary care physicians and specialists alike.
Wilson said he looks forward to living in Wichita, which he called a “vibrant city.”
“I’m a great basketball fan, so between the Jayhawks and the Shockers, I’ll enjoy that,” he said.
He said he has known KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway for years, dating back to when he served on the committee that hired Hemenway as the chancellor of the University of Kentucky, where Wilson served as a faculty member for 22 years at the school’s College of Medicine.
Wilson replaces S. Edwards Dismuke, who resigned as dean last fall.