The University of Oklahoma Names Dr. Ian F. Dunn Executive Dean of the OU College of Medicine

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The University of Oklahoma Names Dr. Ian F. Dunn Executive Dean of the OU College of Medicine

26 Nov, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY – The University of Oklahoma has announced the appointment of Dr. Ian F. Dunn as executive dean of the OU College of Medicine, pending approval of the OU Board of Regents.

Dunn also will provide leadership at OU Health as its inaugural chief academic officer, the university said in a release.

Dunn joined the OU College of Medicine in 2018 as a professor and chair of neurosurgery. He has served on the OU Health executive leadership team, including as chief physician executive since October 2021, as well as president of OU Health Partners and vice chair of the OU Health Partners board of directors. He has served as senior associate dean of clinical affairs at the College of Medicine. In this capacity, he has provided critical leadership since the historic 2021 merger that combined the OU College of Medicine faculty practice and OU Medicine Inc. to create OU Health, Oklahoma’s first fully integrated academic health system.

“In addition to being an exemplary neurosurgeon, researcher and educator, Dr. Ian Dunn has played a pivotal role in our progress to unite research-driven care and education, with the ultimate goal of enhancing health care for the people of Oklahoma,” said OU President Joseph Harroz Jr. “We continue making considerable strides toward elevating the OU Health Sciences as a top-tier, research-intense academic health center, and our College of Medicine is key to this endeavor. Dr. Dunn’s proven ability to foster strategic collaborations to achieve enterprise-wide goals make him the ideal choice to lead our College of Medicine. His talent and energy will lift the health care for all Oklahomans.”

“Over the past five years, Dr. Dunn has provided exceptional leadership across our academic health system, consistently prioritizing the advancement of research and the preparation of future health care professionals as we strive to improve health outcomes in Oklahoma,” added Gary Raskob, senior vice president and provost of the OU Health Sciences. “His selection as the College of Medicine’s next executive dean will elevate the college’s already strong reputation and strengthen our essential partnership with OU Health.”

Before joining the OU enterprise, Dunn served eight years as an associate professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School and as director for the Center for Pituitary and Skull Base Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he became nationally known for his expertise and excellence in pituitary and skull-based neurosurgery.

He completed his clinical fellowship in skull base neurosurgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center, Little Rock, after completing his postdoctoral fellowship in cancer genomics at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Broad Institute, Boston. He completed his neurosurgery residency and served as chief resident at the Children’s Hospital/Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and general surgery internship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Dunn is a member of numerous national professional societies and presents nationally and internationally on his central focus on complex brain tumors at the skull base, including those in the pituitary region. He has authored more than 250 peer-reviewed journal publications and 40 chapters of various scientific and/or medical publications in neurosurgery and has lectured widely nationally and internationally.


About the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine

The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine is dedicated to providing the highest quality of medical education, advancing medical research, and offering exceptional patient care. The college fosters a collaborative learning environment that integrates innovative teaching methods, cutting-edge research, and clinical expertise. As a leader in medical education, the college is committed to training the next generation of physicians and healthcare professionals.

Source: About the College of Medicine


About Dr. Ian F. Dunn

Ian F. Dunn, M.D., FACS, FAANS, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He holds the Harry Wilkins, M.D. Chair in Neurosurgery and also serves on the OU Health Executive Leadership Team as Chief Physician Executive. Before coming to OU Health, Dunn served as an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School and as Director for the Center for Pituitary and Skull Base Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Source: Ian Dunn, MD | Neurosurgeon in Oklahoma City, OK – OU Health


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