Office of the Dean

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"The story of the Medical School is filled with illustrious giants of discovery, innovation, and compassion."

- Dean Jakub Tolar

Why Art? 

Something about being in crisis and isolated from our normal routines triggers our brains to call up dark and dusty corners of our psyche we don’t usually see. In these corners live things like anxiety, gloom, and uneasiness. Each of us has our own ways of dealing with these things and, for many of us, producing or experiencing art can provide the antidotes of pleasure, escape, and increased understanding.


Welcome to the University of Minnesota Medical School, a world-class institution with a long history of leadership and discoveries that have changed the practice of medicine.

Our Medical School community is made up of approximately:

  • 900 students from 23 states
  • 1,000 trainees in 138 different programs across 18 clinical departments
  • 1,000 faculty physicians and scientists who train our students, conduct research and provide patient care

Our students have access to some of the world’s leading educators, researchers, and physicians and learn in an environment focused on innovation and collaboration. Our outstanding faculty are committed to developing students to be leaders in clinical care and provide opportunities to excel as a researcher and educator.

The story of the Medical School is filled with illustrious giants of discovery, innovation, and compassion. I believe that access to healthcare is a fundamental human right, and that is why being a physician, medical scientist, nurse or other medical staff is still a noble calling.

It is the Medical School’s great and wonderful responsibility to meet the needs of our patients, cultivate a new and compassionate generation of medical providers, and to advance the science and practice of medicine. And, as a member of the Health Sciences at the University of Minnesota, we help develop coordinated, interprofessional care models working alongside the School of Dentistry, School of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, School of Public Health, and College of Veterinary Medicine.

I look forward to being a part of this future and to working with all the people who will contribute to it.


Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD
Dean of the Medical School

Full Bio 

Statement on the Death of George Floyd

Statement on the Death of George Floyd

The University of Minnesota Medical School community mourns the death of George Floyd. We are outraged by the brutal manner of his death and the role racism played in the callous disregard for his life.

Read Our Full Statement