Creighton University has named Robert "Bo" Dunlay Jr., MD'81, MBA, as dean of the School of Medicine. Dunlay has served as the school's interim dean since Jan. 1, 2013.
"Dr. Dunlay's leadership throughout the time of transition surrounding the Alegent Creighton Health/Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) partnership has proved most beneficial for the School of Medicine," said Edward O'Connor, Ph.D., Creighton University provost. "His vision and energy have been instrumental to the positive direction of the school, faculty and students, as well as the care of our patients."
The search committee for the dean of the School of Medicine conducted a thorough national search that yielded an impressive array of candidates.
"Dr. Dunlay emerged as the strongest candidate to lead us into the future and expand our opportunities with Alegent Creighton Health and CHI," noted Gail Jensen, Ph.D., dean of the Graduate School and University College and chair of the search committee. "We are fortunate to have Dr. Dunlay as he is unafraid of challenge, has the respect of all stakeholder groups and provides skilled, mission-centered leadership."
Dunlay is a Creighton-educated nephrologist who has been a clinician and educator since 1994. He also served as chief medical officer of Alegent Creighton Health Creighton University Medical Center and professor of medicine and pharmacology in the School of Medicine.
He completed his premedical studies at Creighton in 1977 and earned his medical degree from the School of Medicine in 1981. He also fulfilled his internship and residency in internal medicine at Creighton before completing fellowships in nephrology at Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, and in nephrology research at Jewish Hospital at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. In 2008, he earned an MBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.