Vice President for Health Sciences

Brooks Jackson

Message from the Vice President for Health Sciences

Brooks Jackson
Vice President for Health Sciences
Dean, Medical School

The University of Minnesota is a special place that had a profound impact on me early in my career. I completed my residency in pathology here and was inspired by a culture focused on groundbreaking research and the delivery of innovative patient care. That’s why I was excited to return.

Our goal is to bring the health sciences professions together to help communities across Minnesota and around the world. We do this through collaboration, drawing upon the expertise and unique perspectives of researchers, educators, and health professionals from each of our schools and centers.

We are committed to improving the health of communities and collaborating to help everyone live longer, healthier lives.

The future of health care will stem from teamwork, vision, and a willingness to push boundaries and think big. That’s why the University of Minnesota is uniquely positioned to lead the way.—Brooks Jackson, vice president for health sciences, University of Minnesota

About Brooks Jackson

Brooks JacksonDr. Brooks Jackson is vice president for health sciences and dean of the Medical School at the University of Minnesota. He assumed this role in February 2014.

During his tenure, Dr. Jackson has focused on supporting scholarship as a core driver of academic excellence, increasing funding for critical research, and expanding the University of Minnesota’s clinical care partnerships to bring the benefits of academic health care to more communities across Minnesota and around the world. He has worked to increase interprofessional collaboration in research as a way to address critical health issues. He has also expanded the international focus of the health sciences schools, increasing global health research and education partnerships. Even in this leadership role, Dr. Jackson still continues to see patients and to publish manuscripts about his ongoing research.

Dr. Jackson came to the University of Minnesota from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he served as director of pathology for 12 years. Under Jackson, the school's pathology department rose from fifth to first nationwide in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding, with nearly $50 million in annual NIH awards.

An internationally recognized researcher in HIV diagnostics, prevention, and treatment, Jackson’s work has helped revolutionize HIV prevention in developing countries. He has published approximately 200 peer-reviewed papers about HIV prevention and treatment research conducted in the United States, Uganda, and China. He is also the principal investigator of the $500 million NIH-funded International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials (IMPAACT) Network. Jackson’s work resulted in new drug development and a project to prevent neonatal HIV transmission. The method has saved thousands of infants from starting life with HIV infection.

Jackson earned an MD from Dartmouth Medical School and an MBA at Dartmouth College. He served his residency in clinical pathology at the University of Minnesota Hospitals, where he was a blood bank fellow in the hospitals’ department of laboratory medicine and pathology.

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