Carle Illinois College of Medicine names first dean

Champaign, Ill.-based Carle Illinois College of Medicine has appointed King Li, MD, inaugural dean and chief academic officer effective Oct. 1.

The medical school, which expects to welcome its first class in 2018, is a partnership between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Urbana, Ill.-based Carle Health System. It is the nation's first engineering-based college of medicine.

Dr. Li currently serves as Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Wake Forest University's senior associate dean for clinical and translational research, as well as the deputy director of the university's comprehensive cancer center. He was also named the Wells Fargo Faculty Scholar at Wake Forest.

Dr. Li, who holds 16 patents and has six more pending, has previously held roles at Bethesda, Md.-based National Institutes of Health Clinical Center and Stanford (Calif.) University.

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