John Yoo, MD, will be the next dean of Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, with a term beginning on May 1, 2020, and running through June 30, 2025. The appointment received the unanimous support of the Decanal Selection Committee and university president Alan Shepard as well as the formal approval of Western University Board of Governors’ Senior Policy & Operations Committee.
Yoo is internationally renowned as a pioneer in reconstructive head and neck surgery, according to the school. He is currently interim chair and chief of the Department of Pediatrics, fellowship director of the Department of Otolaryngology (Head & Neck Surgery), and professor of otolaryngology and oncology.
Also, Yoo is co-chair of the Cancer Care Ontario Head and Neck Cancer Disease Site, president-elect of the Canadian Association of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology, an executive board member of the Canadian Association of Otolaryngology and the Asia-Pacific Society of Thyroid Surgery, and co-chair of the London Health Science Centre’s Facial Nerve Clinic.
With an MD from the University of Toronto, Yoo has been at Western University since 1997. His clinical and academic interests include head and neck reconstruction, thyroid and parathyroid surgery, management of the paralyzed face, and head and neck oncology.
The 14-month search for a dean considered internal and external candidates. The Selection Committee cited Yoo’s reputation as an inspired and collaborative leader who has a track record for driving constructive organizational change, as well as his passion for teaching, research, and patient care.
“He brings the right mix of values, knowledge, experience, energy, and vision to lead effectively within a complex clinical/academic environment and leverage partnerships to realize Schulich Medicine & Dentistry’s potential as one of Canada’s leading medical and dental schools,” said Andrew Hrymak, PhD, provost and vice president (academic) of Western University.