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Paul Klotman, M.D., President, CEO, and Executive Dean

Paul Klotman, M.D., President, CEO, and Executive Dean

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 Mount 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 Mount 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 Mount Sinai nurses. As the chair of medicine, he moved the Department of Medicine at Mount 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.

Adam Kuspa, Ph.D., Vice President, Research and Interim Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Adam Kuspa, Ph.D., Vice President, Research and Interim Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Dr. Adam Kuspa was named interim dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences July 1, 2015. He was tapped 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. 

Alicia D.H. Monroe, M.D., Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic and Faculty Affairs

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. In June 2014, her title was changed to Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic and Faculty Affairs. 

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.

Jennifer G. Christner, M.D., Dean, School of Medicine

Jennifer G. Christner, M.D., Dean of Medical Education

Jennifer G. Christner, M.D.,  was named dean of the School of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, June 1, 2015.

As dean, Christner reports to Provost Dr. Alicia Monroe and will oversee undergraduate medical education, graduate medical education and continuing medical education. She comes to Baylor from State University of New York Upstate Medical University, where she serves as associate dean for undergraduate medical education.

A pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine, Christner held academic leadership positons at the University of Toledo and the University of Michigan before joining SUNY in 2012.

Robert J. McLaughlin, Ph.D., Dean, School of Allied Health Sciences

Robert J. McLaughlin, Ph.D., Dean, School of Allied Health Sciences

Robert J McLaughlin, Ph.D. serves as the dean of the School of Allied Health at Baylor College of Medicine.

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

Dr. McLaughlin completed his internship in Clinical Psychology at Baylor in 1980-81 and joined the Baylor faculty in 1983 after receiving his doctorate from The University of Texas at Austin. He was named assistant dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences in 2011. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in 1975.

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

Peter J. Hotez, M.D., 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.