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Creighton School of Medicine Names New Associate Deans

Creighton University named two Alegent Creighton Health administrators as associate deans for the School of Medicine. Richard Rolston, M.D., president and chief executive officer of Alegent Creighton Clinic, will serve as senior associate dean for clinical affairs and Kevin Nokels, chief administrative officer for academic integration at Creighton University Medical Center (CUMC), has accepted the role of associate dean for hospital affairs.

Rolston, a board-certified pediatrician who leads the more than 500 physicians and mid-level providers of Alegent Creighton Clinic, will oversee the development of new clinical platforms to provide innovative and exciting opportunities for medical education. As associate dean for hospital affairs, Nokels will lead the development of similar hospital-based platforms.

"We've always known that a fundamental component of our partnership with Alegent would be to provide our students with greater access to patients and a wider array of clinical experiences," said Robert Dunlay, M.D., interim dean for the Creighton University School of Medicine. "By naming these administrators to our team of associate deans, we are one step closer to fulfilling that promise to our students."

Creighton University formed a long-term strategic affiliation with Alegent Creighton Health in 2012, making the health system's hospitals the primary teaching sites for Creighton's health sciences programs. Both Rolston and Nokels played integral roles in the development and implementation of the partnership.