Dell Medical School hires three new surgeons

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The UT Dell Medical School welcomed three new surgeons Tuesday as part of its long-term community-focused healthcare goals.

Dr. David Ring will serve as associate dean of comprehensive care, UT alum Dr. Thomas B. Coopwood Jr. as director of quality and outcomes for the department of surgery and preoperative care, and Dr. Stuart Wolf as associate chair of clinical integration and operations.

Wolf, who was previously associate department chair for surgical services at the University of Michigan, said this position will allow him to put his extensive experience to use in a progressive environment.

“In the last few years, [I] have become increasingly involved in issues that have to do with quality and patient safety,” Wolf said. “Austin offers a very progressive medical community that appears ready to embrace the concepts of value-based healthcare and is poised to move into the next generation of healthcare.”

Dr. Clay Johnston, inaugural dean of Dell Medical School, said the school was created to break new ground in healthcare strategies.

“Through their world-changing work and their community-minded focus, these three leaders will help us realize our vision to create a vital, inclusive health ecosystem in Austin from which the world can learn,”

Johnston said in a press release Tuesday.

Wolf said he is looking forward to his new position, which will begin July 2016.

“I’m leaving behind a very successful career in Michigan and kind of turning it into a different direction.” Wolf said. “But I’m very very excited about it.”

Wolf said one of his new roles will be to oversee the clinical enterprise of the department of surgery and provide more accessible healthcare.

“What is different for that job, different from a typical academic medical center, is that the majority of our care will actually be delivered out in the community, rather in a large medical center,” Wolf said. “My task will be to help create the clinical collaborative networks that will allow the delivery of that care.”

Stephen Scheibal, spokesperson for Dell Medical School, said he hopes the future of healthcare in Austin will become more affordable with the help of the new hires.

“The medical school is focused on identifying ways to create value in healthcare, … and these new leaders will be instrumental in that effort,” Scheibal said in an email. “These are very accomplished physician leaders with a mix of skills that will help the Dell Medical School achieve its mission of transforming the way people get and stay healthy.”