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Paul Klotman, M.D., President and CEO

Paul Klotman, M.D., President and CEO

Dr. Paul Klotman began serving as president and CEO of Baylor College of Medicine on Sept. 1, 2010. He received his B.S. degree in 1972 from the University of Michigan and his M.D. from Indiana University in 1976. He completed his medicine and nephrology training at Duke University Medical Center. He stayed at Duke as a faculty member, rising to the rank of associate professor of medicine before moving to the NIH in 1988 where he became chief of the Molecular Medicine Section in the Laboratory of Developmental Biology. In 1993, he became chief of the Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory in the NIDR/NIH. In 1994, he moved to Mt. Sinai School of Medicine as the Irene and Dr. Arthur M. Fishberg Professor of Medicine and the chief of the Division of Nephrology. In 2001, he was selected to be the chair of the Samuel Bronfman Department of Medicine of the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. The BCM Board of Trustees named him as the school’s new president in July of 2010.

Dr. Klotman's research has been a blend of both basic and clinical research in molecular virology and AIDS pathogenesis. He developed the first small animal model of HIV associated nephropathy using transgenic techniques. He is the author of more than 200 publications and he has been a visiting professor and lecturer internationally in the field of HIV pathogenesis. He has been elected to both the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. He is on the editorial boards of journals both in the United States and in Europe and he has served on and chaired numerous study sections including those from the NIH, the American Heart Association, the National Kidney Foundation, and the VA research service.

In addition to his laboratory efforts, Dr. Klotman has been an active clinician, teacher, and mentor. Students from his laboratory have won prestigious scientific competitions. He has trained over 50 clinical fellows, postdoctoral fellows, and students in his laboratory since 1984 most of whom are independently funded. Four of his mentees are now chairs of medicine and four others lead major institutes or centers. He has been listed in both Castle Connelly and New York Magazine as one of the region's Best Doctors. And, he was named Physician of the Year by Mt. Sinai nurses. As the chair of medicine, he moved the Department of Medicine at Mt. Sinai to a top tier academic program by expanding the Faculty Practice, increasing basic and clinical research revenues, developing new community projects, and focusing on the educational mission.

Dr. Klotman serves on the scientific advisory boards of biotech, pharmaceutical, and health care companies. He also serves on the board of several companies including those with interests in natural resources and conservation.

At Baylor College of Medicine, he oversees the only private health science university in the Greater Southwest, with research funding of nearly $400 million. The medical school is ranked as one of the top 20 for research by U.S. News & World Report, and was ranked No. 2 nationally for best medical schools for Hispanics by Hispanic Business magazine and No. 4 by StudentDoc, a leading online resource for medical students. The School of Allied Health Sciences is among the best 10 in the nation and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is rated in the top 5 percent. In addition, the College is home to the first National School of Tropical Medicine in North America. The College is ranked first among all Texas colleges, universities and medical schools in federal funding for research and development, and is ranked second in federally funded research expenditures by the National Science Foundation.

William T. Butler, M.D., Chancellor Emeritus

William T. Butler, M.D., Chancellor Emeritus

William T. Butler, M.D., a distinguished immunologist, joined Baylor College of Medicine in 1966 and during the following decades served the College in a variety of roles, including Associate Dean and Dean of Admissions.

In 1976, he was named Acting Executive Vice President and Dean, and in 1977, he became Executive Vice President and Dean. Two years later, Butler was named President and Chief Executive Officer of the College, and served in that position for almost 17 years. During that time, he led the College in a period of unprecedented growth and national and international recognition.

He assumed the post of Chancellor in 1996, and in 2004 became Chancellor Emeritus. Dr. Butler served as Interim President from Dec. 2008 through Aug. 2010.

Alicia D.H. Monroe, M.D., Senior Dean of Education and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Faculty Development

Alicia Monroe, M.D.

Effective February 2014, Dr. Alicia Monroe stepped into a new leadership role as Baylor College of Medicine's senior dean of education and senior vice president of academic affairs and faculty development, a new leadership position overarching all four schools of the College.

At Baylor College of Medicine, Monroe will provide oversight and support to the College’s four schools – the Medical School, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the School of Allied Health Sciences and the National School of Tropical Medicine.  In her role as vice president of academic affairs and faculty development, she will establish the Academic and Faculty Development Office which will focus on designing a comprehensive faculty orientation and development program including faculty mentoring and career development.

Monroe previously served as the chief academic officer and vice dean of educational affairs at University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine and a professor of family medicine.  

She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Brown University in 1973 and her medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1977. She completed residency training in family practice at Methodist Hospital Graduate Medical Center in Indianapolis and an internship in psychiatry from Georgetown University Medical Center.

Deborah Johnson, Ph.D., Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Deborah Johnson, Ph.D., Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Dr. Deborah Johnson is the dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine. She joined BCM from the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, where she has served as associate dean for graduate affairs since 2007.

Johnson has served on the faculty of USC since 1985. Active in academic affairs throughout her career, Johnson has most recently focused on developing mentoring programs. Other positions she has held at USC include professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, director for the Program in Biomedical and Biological Sciences, vice chair for graduate education in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and professor of molecular pharmacology and toxicology. She has been a member of the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center since 1985.

Her research program is defining the molecular events that lead cells to undergo oncogenic transformation. Her recent work has identified a unique transcription factor, Maf1, which negatively co-regulates the expression of genes involved in cell growth and metabolism. Her current studies are aimed at further characterizing Maf1 function and its deregulation in human cancer and metabolic disease. Her work is funded by two grants from the National Cancer Institute.

She received a bachelor’s of science degree in biochemistry from Albright College, a doctorate in chemistry from Georgetown University and was a post-doctoral fellow in molecular biophysics and biochemistry at Yale University.

Stephen B. Greenberg, M.D., Dean, Medical Education

Stephen B. Greenberg, M.D., Dean, Medical Education

Dr. Stephen Greenberg has served as dean of medical education since August 2006. He also serves as chief of the Medicine Service at Ben Taub Hospital and Distinguished Service Professor. He served as the chair of the Department of Medicine from 2004-2006.

Greenberg received his medical training at the University of Maryland, where he was an Alpha Omega Alpha graduate. He completed his internship and residency in medicine at the University of Maryland Hospital, and his fellowship in infectious diseases at Baylor. He became a faculty member at Baylor, where he holds appointments as professor of medicine and professor of molecular virology and microbiology, and as the Herman Brown Teaching Professor at Ben Taub Hospital.

A recipient of numerous honors, including the Distinguished Faculty Award of the Baylor Alumni Association in 1999, he has been repeatedly listed in The Best Doctors in America®.

J. David Holcomb, Ed.D., Dean, School of Allied Health Sciences

J. David Holcomb, Ed.D., Dean, School of Allied Health Sciences

Dr. J. David Holcomb serves as dean of the School of Allied Health at Baylor College of Medicine, a post he has held since 2007.

Core programs in the School of Allied Health are the Nurse Anesthesia Program and the Physician Assistant Program.

Holcomb received a doctorate of education from the University of Houston, and both a bachelor's of science and master's of education from Stephen F. Austin State University.

He joined BCM in 1972 as an assistant professor of community medicine. He currently holds appointments as a professor of allied health sciences and a professor of family and community medicine.

Peter J. Hotez, Ph.D., Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine

Peter J. Hotez, Ph.D., Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine

Peter J. Hotez, M.D., Ph.D., is the founding dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, where he also is a professor of pediatrics and molecular virology & microbiology and chief of the Section of Pediatric Tropical Medicine.

In addition, Dr. Hotez holds the Texas Children's Hospital Endowed Chair of Tropical Pediatrics and serves as president of the Sabin Vaccine Institute where he leads the new Sabin vaccine development program at Texas Children?s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine.

Stephen K. Sigworth, M.D., Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Faculty Group Practice

Stephen Sigworth, M.D., Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Faculty Group Practice

Dr. Steve Sigworth joined Baylor College of Medicine in December 2010 as vice president and Chief Medical Officer of the Faculty Group Practice. He previously served as the director of the Department of Medicine Faculty Practice Associates at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He joined the Mount Sinai medical school faculty in 2003.

From 1998 to 2003, he served as the medical director, care coordination at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals.

He received a bachelor's of science degree from the University of Richmond, and a medical degree and master's of science in health administration from the Medical College of Virginia. He completed his residency training in internal medicine at the Medical College of Virginia.

Adam Kuspa, Ph.D., Vice President, Research

Adam Kuspa, Ph.D., Vice President for Research

Dr. Adam Kuspa was named to head the college's research enterprise in July 2010. He served as chair of the Verna and Marrs McLean Department of Biochemistry from March 2006 to April 2011.

A professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, Kuspa joined the BCM faculty in 1993 as an assistant professor of biochemistry. He has been involved in several research programs, including cell and molecular biology, development biology and molecular and human genetics, as well as theHuman Genome Sequencing Center at BCM.

He received his doctorate in biochemistry from Stanford University. He served a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California at San Diego.

In 2005, Kuspa received a Michael E. DeBakey, M.D. Excellence in Research Award and was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.