Published October 19, 2021
WBFO and Business First reported that Allison Brashear, dean of the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, will join UB in December as vice president for health sciences and dean of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UB. Brashear will also continue long-standing research on a rare disease that can leave a patient unable to walk, talk or participate in daily life, WBFO notes. Among other priorities, Brashear spoke to WBFO about the importance of diversity in medicine. "Clearly, medicine is making strides, some areas more quickly than others. But it is very important that we have a diversity both of experience, gender, race in all areas of medicine, and it's probably one of the most important things we can do to advance health in the country, is to have a diverse group of providers," she told WBFO. The Buffalo News' Good Morning Buffalo newsletter also notes Brashear's appointment, and links to a story published yesterday, in which Brashear expressed her excitement about joining the university. "I just love the opportunity to build interdisciplinary research," Brashear said. "I have heard a lot about President Tripathi and others from colleagues and friends. I'm really excited about the opportunity, the energy. And I've met some community leaders. They were so enthusiastic about all of the great work going on at UB. I wanted to be a part of it."