Dean Thomas Schwenk

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Tom Schwenk

Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., became the first member of the University of Nevada faculty to have been named a member of the prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., has served as the tenth dean of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and also as the second vice-president of the University of Nevada, Reno, Division of Health Sciences since July, 2011. He became the first member of the University of Nevada faculty to have been named a member of the prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

Dr. Schwenk has focused on restructuring the School of Medicine to enhance its position as a true statewide enterprise with a high level of commitment to serving Reno, Las Vegas and Nevada's rural communities. He currently serves on steering committees working to expand medical education in Nevada through the development of two full four-year medical school campuses, both in Reno and Las Vegas, as well as expanding residency programs statewide. He is dedicated to the School of Medicine as a research-intensive, community-based school of medicine that is a critical resource in improving the health and health care in the state.

Dr. Schwenk brought to Nevada an extensive background in academic medicine and leadership. He spent more than 27 years in faculty and leadership posts at the University of Michigan, chairing family medicine for 25 years. He was installed in 2007 as the first George A. Dean, M.D., Chair of Family Medicine, the department's first endowed professorship. He also served as a professor in the department of medical education and as associate director of the University of Michigan Depression Center.

Dr. Schwenk served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Family Medicine and as the organization's vice -president from 2004 to 2005. He has served in reviewer or editor roles for several medical journals, including his current service as a reviewer with the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and deputy editor with Journal Watch. His teaching and research address psychiatric and psychosocial issues in primary care practice, with an emphasis on depression, most recently with an emphasis on depression in medical students and physicians. Dr. Schwenk has co-authored more than 130 research and clinical articles, book chapters and books, most of which focus on psychological aspects of medical practice. He is associate editor of the textbook Oncology in Primary Care and a co-editor of Primary Care Psychiatry, as well as the co-author of a set of monographs on teaching skills for physicians.

Dr. Schwenk is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. He is board certified in both family medicine and sports medicine and has clinical interests in ergogenic and nutritional supplement use in sports and mental illness and burnout in athletes.

Dr. Schwenk received his bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering and M.D. from the University of Michigan. He trained in family medicine at the University of Utah. Dr. Schwenk practiced rural family medicine in Utah and served on the faculty of the University of Utah Department of Family and Community Medicine.