About the Dean

Dr. David S. Wilkes
Dean of the School of Medicine

David S. Wilkes, MD

A board-certified specialist in pulmonary disease and critical care medicine, and former Executive Associate Dean for Research Affairs at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Dr. David Wilkes began his five-year appointment as Dean of UVA’s School of Medicine in September of 2015.

“Dr. Wilkes is a nationally recognized physician scientist in the field of lung immunology who has guided the academic research programs at the Indiana University School of Medicine through a period of renewal and growth,” said Dr. Richard P. Shannon, UVA’s Executive Vice President for Health Affairs. “His medical expertise, combined with his skill as an administrator, makes him an ideal fit as our next dean to lead our biomedical research renaissance.”

Dean Wilkes joined UVA after over twenty years at Indiana University, where he served most recently as Executive Associate Dean. Beyond that role, Wilke’s served as the university’s Assistant Vice President for Research, director of the Strategic Research Initiative for the Indiana University School of Medicine and Indiana University Health, and director of the Indiana University School of Medicine’s Physician Scientist Initiative.

He has co-authored more than 100 research papers, holds six U.S. patents and is co-founder and chief scientific officer of ImmuneWorks Inc., which researches and develops treatments for immune-mediated lung diseases that include lung transplant rejection and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Wilkes’ commitment to education includes serving as national director of the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation since 2013 and earning the Alvin S. Bynum Mentoring Award from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis for his work in mentoring students outside the classroom.

“Dr. Wilkes has demonstrated leadership and acumen in medical research and education,” President Teresa A. Sullivan said. “He understands the important role academic medicine plays in the life of a comprehensive research university and is well suited to lead the School of Medicine to greater heights of excellence.”

Wilkes said he was drawn by the chance to work at UVA with Dr. Shannon and Pamela M. Sutton-Wallace, chief executive officer of UVA Medical Center, leaders with whom he closely partners to continue strengthening the Health System in all its facets.

“My goal is that we excel in all three areas of our mission – research, education and patient care,” he said. “I want us to be the place to be among academic medical centers.”

Wilkes received a bachelor of science degree from Villanova University; a medical degree from Temple University; completed his residency at Temple University Hospital; and completed a pulmonary and critical care fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He is also a military veteran, having served three years as a major in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps.