The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston announced that Dr. Danny O. Jacobs, currently the David C. Sabiston Jr. Professor and chair of surgery at Duke University Medical Center, has been appointed executive vice president and provost, and dean of the School of Medicine. He will join UTMB on Oct. 1. 

“Dr. Jacobs is an accomplished physician-scientist and teacher who is committed to excellence and innovation,” said Dr. David L. Callender, president of UTMB.  “In his new role, he will lead the UTMB academic enterprise as it pursues its strategic mission goals in the areas of health sciences education, research and patient care.”

Jacobs will hold faculty appointments in the Department of Surgery and the Institute for Translational Sciences. 

Jacobs earned his AB degree in biology and an MPH degree from Harvard University. He received his MD degree from Washington University in St. Louis, completing a surgical residency and serving as chief resident at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. 

He is a prolific author and editor with research interests in the metabolic effects of  malnutrition, stress, infection, and injury; nuclear magnetic resonance applications in organ function and metabolism; and specific nutrients and growth factors in enteral and parenteral nutritional support.  He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the National Board of Nutrition Support.