The University of Arizona

Dr. William S. Dalton Named Dean of the UA College of Medicine

By George Humphrey, September 26, 2001

Dr. William S. Dalton,currently deputy director of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute and associate vice president of health sciences at the University of South Florida, has been appointed dean of the University of Arizona College of Medicine.

An internationally known cancer researcher with strong ties to Arizona, Dalton will begin his new duties at the Arizona Health Sciences Center (AHSC) Dec. 15.

Dr. Raymond Woosley, UA Vice President for Health Sciences, characterized the appointment as another of several recent commitments by the University to recruit outstanding new leadership to the Arizona Health Sciences Center.

"Dr. Dalton is a true visionary with the highest academic standards, yet the warm and personable style that caught the favor of the search committee and the faculty, students and staff," Woosley said. "He has the right combination of skills, experience and energy to lead the College of Medicine through these challenging but exciting times. Bill Dalton is an extremely talented administrator, educator and physician-scientist who shares our vision to make the College of Medicine and the Arizona Health Sciences Center one of the nation's top academic health centers."

Dalton said: "I am most impressed with the attitude and commitment of the College of Medicine faculty and the UA leadership in moving the College and the Arizona Health Sciences Center to the forefront. I am particularly excited about the development of the AHSC Phoenix Campus and expanding our programs to better serve the entire state. I'm very impressed with the faculty statewide and their combined expertise certainly enhances the success of this venture. I look forward to working with AHSC Vice President Ray Woosley and the other leaders throughout the state to develop this enterprise. My experience at the Moffitt Cancer Center and the University of South Florida has been very rewarding and I believe will provide a novel perspective in dealing with the challenges facing academic medicine."

In 1988, Dalton became the founding director of the Bone Marrow Transplant Program at the Arizona Health Sciences Center; in 1996 he was appointed deputy director of the Arizona Cancer Center. He joined the University of South Florida in 1997, where he also served as professor of oncology, medicine and biochemistry and as associate center director for clinical investigations at the Moffitt Cancer Center. In addition, he was founding chairman of the USF department of interdisciplinary oncology.

As dean of the College of Medicine, Dalton will serve as its chief academic officer, responsible for providing the leadership and vision to ensure integration and continued development of its teaching, research, patient care and service missions.

Dalton's laboratory research is focused in determining the mechanisms of drug resistance in cancer and developing ways to overcome it. He currently has grant funding from the National Institutes of Health. Dalton has authored or co-authored 24 book chapters and 129 journal articles. In addition, he serves on the editorial advisory boards for "Clinical Cancer Research," "Archives of Internal Medicine" and the "International Journal of Oncology".

Board-certified in internal medicine and oncology, Dalton earned his medical degree at Indiana University, where he also completed his internship in medicine. He completed a residency in medicine, a fellowship in oncology and a fellowship in clinical pharmacology at the University of Arizona. Among many other honors, he received a New Investigator Research Award from the National Cancer Institute in 1985. He has been listed in the "Best Doctors in America" since 1993.

Dalton, 51, and his wife Karen, have three children; Seth, 21, Adam, 2,; and Kyle, 17.