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Medicine to Install New Dean

New dean of medicine starts Dec. 1.


Patrice Delafontaine starts as dean of medicine Dec. 1, 2014. Photo courtesy of Patrice Delafontaine.

As of Dec. 1, 2014, the School of Medicine has a new dean, Patrice Delafontaine, MD, a cardiologist, researcher and educator. He comes to MU from Tulane University, where he was chief of cardiology.

Born in Alexandria, Egypt, Delafontaine earned his medical degree from the University of Geneva in Switzerland. He completed a research and clinical fellowship in cardiology at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

The University of Missouri has a sterling reputation as evidenced by its membership in the Association of American Universities,” Delafontaine says. “The opportunity to seamlessly integrate the education, research and clinical missions of the School of Medicine and to grow a strong, nationally recognized academic medical center is very exciting.”

The National Institutes of Health has funded Delafontaine’s research for more than 18 years. In 2012, Delafontaine and colleagues won a $20 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to create a collaborative research initiative dedicated to biomedical research, including cardiovascular disease.