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Quillen College of Medicine alum Dr. William Block named medical school’s interim dean

Contributed • Jul 30, 2018 at 9:31 AM

For the first time in the history of East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine, an alumnus of the medical school is at the helm.

Dr. William Block, who received his medical degree from Quillen College of Medicine in 1992 and held various faculty positions at the medical school from 1998-2004, is now serving as the interim dean of the medical school. He replaces Dr. Robert Means Jr., who stepped down from the position earlier this week but will continue his research, clinical practice and teaching activities as a professor in the Department of Internal Medicine. Means will also serve as a special assistant to ETSU President Brian Noland, providing guidance and counsel on regional and national health care policies and trends.

“We appreciate the job Dr. Means has done as the dean of our medical school,” Noland said. “He has been a good partner whose leadership has guided the institution for the past four-and-a-half years. I look forward to working with him in this new advisory capacity at the institution.”

Prior to taking the interim deanship, Block was serving as the chair of Quillen’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

“It is indeed an honor to serve in this capacity at my alma mater, and I look forward to working with ETSU administrators and members of the Quillen College of Medicine to craft a vision for the future,” Block said. “Over the years, I have had many opportunities to witness firsthand the profound ways this medical school has transformed people’s lives, and I look forward to continuing that tradition.”

Born and raised in Florida, Block moved to Tennessee to attend The University of the South in Sewanee. After earning a bachelor’s degree in physics, Block came to ETSU to attend medical school. He completed his residency at the University of South Carolina and a fellowship at Wake Forest University. He earned his Master of Business Administration from Emory University in 2012.

Before his return to ETSU in 2016 to serve as a department chair, Block worked as the medical director for the Midwest Fetal Care Center in Minnesota.

“There is no doubt Dr. Block has the credentials and expertise to lead our Quillen College of Medicine during this critical time,” said Dr. Wilsie Bishop, vice president for Health Affairs at ETSU. “I look forward to working with him as he shares his vision for the medical school and its future.”

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