Shekhar named new dean of University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

January 9, 2020

Anantha Shekhar, MD, PhD, executive associate dean for research affairs, will leave IU School of Medicine on May 15. After more than 30 years serving IU and Indiana as an accomplished physician, researcher and leader, Shekhar will become senior vice chancellor for the health sciences and the John and Gertrude Petersen Dean of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.

In an email message to colleagues earlier this week, IU School of Medicine Dean Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, wrote, “Anantha’s selection for this prominent role speaks volumes about his accomplishments, as well as the reputation of the research environment he helped cultivate here at IU School of Medicine.”

During his time at IU, Shekhar has been a major contributor to IU School of Medicine’s record growth in external funding that includes an increase of more than 70 percent in National Institutes of Health funding. As the founding director of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, he built a research infrastructure and mentorship programs that benefit scientists across the state. He led the implementation of the vision for more personalized health care as the director of IU’s Precision Health Initiative, and he worked in partnership with colleagues at Indiana University Health to provide more patients access to promising clinical research studies.

“Of course, Anantha would be the first to say these initiatives and others were the result of extraordinary collaboration within IU School of Medicine and IU Health, and with partners across IU, at other universities, in industry and with the philanthropic community,” Hess added. “With these well-established networks in place, I am confident we will continue our phenomenal upward trajectory.”

Formal celebrations of Shekhar’s contributions to the school and university are being planned and will be announced in the coming weeks.