Office of the Dean

In the midst of pivoting, repositioning, and focusing around COVID-19, other remarkable efforts have been quietly going forward.

Dr. Shannon has demonstrated excellence as a clinician, teacher, mentor, and researcher. His leadership as Executive Medical Director of Pain Management has resulted in a comprehensive care model that is transforming treatment for patients seeking relief from chronic pain while dramatically reducing the reliance on opioids.

We stand with our LGBTQ+ community in denouncing this discrimination, and will work to ensure that transgender members of our community get the healthcare they need at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Núňez will collaborate with faculty, staff, and students across the Medical School, as well as partners from our communities, to ensure we are addressing issues of inequities, bias, and discrimination in our clinical programs, recruiting, curriculum, and research.

There are now more than two million cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. Although a number of states currently show increases in infections, cases in Minnesota are leveling off with fewer hospitalizations and deaths.

He was named Vice Head of Pharmacology in 2017 and currently holds the titles of Distinguished University Teaching Professor and Distinguished McKnight University Professor.

For today and this weekend, please stay safe. Pay attention to advisories from the University or public officials. Your safety, and that of our health care staff and patients, is a top priority. Remember that COVID-19 is still here.

Racism is a healthcare issue. We will begin at the institutional level by convening an interprofessional group nominated by clinical deans to prepare a roadmap to action in health disparities.

We are all experiencing a true tragedy in light of recent events in Minneapolis that have spread to other parts of the Twin Cities today. What I've heard from a number of you is a shared sense of outrage, frustration, and deep sadness at a death that should not have happened.

The growth of online and virtual resources has been off the charts, technology has wildly accelerated to meet urgent needs, and a new sense of momentum has spread across the University, our communities, and our state as we unite behind the common goal of saving lives.