EDINBURG, Texas – The dean of UT-Rio Grande Valley’s School of Medicine is to step down, according to an executive vice president at UTRGV.

Dr. John H. Krouse will step down at the end of the current academic year, says Parwinder Grewal, executive vice president for research, graduate studies, and new program development at UTRGV.

“Today, Dr. Jack Krouse, our dean of the school of medicine, has announced he will step down at the end of this year,” Grewal said, at a McAllen Economic Development Corporation board meeting.

“He will complete this academic year. In August 2021 he will step down from his administrative position. That is a decision he has announced so we will launch another search for the dean of the school of medicine.”

UTRGV’s press office has yet to send the Rio Grande Guardian a news release about Krouse’s decision.  

Krouse assumed his post at UTRGV on July 1, 2017. He came to the Valley from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he served as the senior associate dean for clinical affairs; president of Temple University Physicians; professor and chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery; and director of the Head and Neck Institute at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine. 

He also served as associate dean for Graduate Medical Education from 2012 to 2015.

Krouse graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Rochester, New York. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. He received a Master of Business Administration from the Fox School of Business at Temple University in 2014.

Krouse completed his internship in surgery at Beth Israel Hospital and his residency training in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary/Harvard Medical School in Boston. He is board certified in otolaryngology.

“Dr. Krouse has extensive experience in many key areas that will play an important role in moving the UTRGV School of Medicine forward,” UTRGV President Guy Bailey said, at the time Krouse was named only the second dean at UTRGV SOM.

“Temple has traditionally been ranked as one of the top research-oriented medical schools in the nation, so to attract someone of Dr. Krouse’s caliber is a credit to the faculty, staff and students we already have in place.”

As he started out at the UTRGV School of Medicine, Krouse said: “This position reflects a unique opportunity to shape the careers of a generation of young physicians and to build healthcare programs that improve the access to and quality of care in the Valley. It is uncommon that new medical schools are opened, and to play a role in the development of this new college is a personal and professional honor and privilege. I recognize that the Valley has worked hard over the last 70 years to bring our School of Medicine into existence, and I pledge to work closely with all of the Valley’s citizens to create a center of excellence that will provide exceptional clinical, educational, and research activities in support of our strong and diverse community.”

During the last six month’s Krouse and the leadership team at the School of Medicine have had to take the lead in the Valley for testing local residents for COVID-19.

Editor’s Note: The Rio Grande Guardian will add to this story as more reaction comes in.

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above news story shows Dr. John H. Krouse, dean of the UTRGV School of Medicine, appearing at a Texas Tribune conference. (Photo: UTRGV/David Pike)

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