Dr. Michael R. Dobbs Named Chair at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley SOM

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From the President of the AUPN

Following an extensive nationwide search, Michael R. Dobbs, M.D., M.H.C.M., has been selected as the chair of the Department of Neurology for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine (UTRGV), and as Chief Medical Officer for the UT Health RGV system of care. Dr. Dobbs assumed his position on July 1, 2019.

Dr. Dobbs comes to UTRGV from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, where he served as professor and associate dean for statewide and clinical initiatives. During his tenure, Dr. Dobbs served as co-chair of the joint implementation committee for regional medical campus expansion, where he led the effort to

open four-year medical schools at three locations throughout the state. As director of the UK-Norton Healthcare Stroke Network, he built a tristate network of 34 hospitals treating more than 8,000 acute stroke patients per year.

At UTRGV, Dr. Dobbs will oversee a department that will ultimately serve as a hub for a network of researchers seeking new treatments for neurological disorders and clinicians with expertise across the subspecialties of neurological care.  As Chief Medical Officer, he will also oversee the practice plan for a rapidly growing school of medicine faculty.

Dr. Dobbs earned his medical degree and completed his residency training in neurology from the University of Kentucky. While a student at the University of Kentucky, he invented a treatment for dermatitis that was granted a U.S. patent and has been on the small animal veterinary market for several years. He also earned a master’s degree in healthcare management from the Harvard University School of Public Health. Upon completing his residency, Dr. Dobbs entered the United States Air Force. He oversaw neurological research and clinical operations while stationed in San Antonio.

Dr. Dobbs returned to the University of Kentucky as a faculty member and director of the residency program. He quickly expanded the program from three to five trainees per year and was personally commended for his leadership by the ACGME.  He was instrumental in forming a dedicated clinical stroke service at UK-Chandler Medical Center and became medical director of the UK stroke program.  Under his direction the program grew to become recognized as one of the busiest and highest-quality stroke programs in the United States with missions in clinical care, training stroke neurologists, and leading-edge research.  

A recognized scholar, Dr. Dobbs has more than 70 original publications, including journal articles, book chapters and abstracts on subjects such as clinical neurology, history, and the business of healthcare. He is also known internationally for his pioneering work in Clinical Neurotoxicology.  His book, “Clinical Neurotoxicology—Syndromes, Substances, Environments,” is the leading text in the field. He is associate editor of the peer-reviewed journal “Quality Management in Healthcare.” 

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Dobbs in his new role.

Robin Brey, MD
AUPN President 

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