WVU School of Medicine leadership changes

John Prescott resigns; James Brick is interim dean


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – James E. Brick, M.D., has been appointed interim dean of the West Virginia University School of Medicine.  He takes the position vacated this week by John E. Prescott, M.D., who has stepped down to pursue academic activities in the WVU Department of Emergency Medicine, including health policy research, teaching, and clinical duties.

“Dr. Prescott leaves the dean’s office on a high note,” said Fred Butcher, Ph.D., interim vice president for health sciences. “During his tenure as dean, the WVU School of Medicine received national attention for its work to improve the health and lives of West Virginians, including a community service award from the Association of American Medical Colleges, and, just last week, a top-ten rural health rating from U.S. News & World Report.”

Prescott also has served as president of University Health Associates, and before that was chair of emergency medicine at WVU, and founding director of the Center for Rural Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Brick earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from WVU.  He did specialty training at WVU and the University of Missouri.  He has been a faculty member at WVU since 1984. Dr. Brick chairs the Department of Medicine and is a widely-known expert in the care of patients with arthritis.

Brick has been a leader among the medical faculty for much of his tenure. During the 1990s, along with his brother John, also a WVU physician, he pioneered the use of telemedicine to bring WVU health experts to rural West Virginia. In his post as chair of the school’s largest department, he has recruited a large number of new faculty to the school, and has been instrumental in establishing a WVU medical clinic in Gilbert, W.Va.

The dean of the School of Medicine leads more than 600 faculty and more than 1,500 students in various educational programs on three campuses - in Morgantown, Charleston, and Martinsburg. Those programs include medicine, physical and occupational therapy, medical technology, exercise physiology, and basic biomedical sciences. The dean also serves on the boards of WVU Hospitals, University Health Associates, and the West Virginia United Health System.

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For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
AJ: 04-08-08

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