Thomas L. Schwenk M.D.: Biography/Education

Professor, Family and Community Medicine; Dean, School of Medicine; Vice President of Health Sciences

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The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is a community-based, research-intensive medical school that has served the state of Nevada for 50 years as its first public medical school. Since July 2011, Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., has led the school's commitment to medical education, patient care, research and community engagement as vice president for Health Sciences and dean of the School of Medicine.

Dr. Schwenk was elected to the Board of the Association of American Medical Colleges' Council of Deans in 2017. He has served as a mentor to four Fellows of the Council of Deans. He served on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Family Medicine from 2000-2005. He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2002, and is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha.

Since 1994, Dr. Schwenk has served as an editor for Journal Watch, a publication of the Massachusetts Medical Society and the New England Journal of Medicine, and has served as the publication's deputy editor since 2010. 

Dr. Schwenk's most recent research focuses on depression and mental illness in medical students, residents and physicians. He has co-authored over 160 publications, and has consulted in various capacities for over 50 medical schools and teaching hospitals.

Dr. Schwenk is board-certified in family medicine and sports medicine. Dr. Schwenk earned his B.S. in chemical engineering and M.D. from the University of Michigan. Following residency training in family medicine at the University of Utah, he practiced in rural Utah and served on the University of Utah faculty. Dr. Schwenk returned to Michigan as chair of the Department of Family Medicine for 25 years, ultimately obtaining emeritus faculty status as a professor of family medicine. 

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