William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, president of the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, has announced that David Shelledy, Ph.D., will return to the university to serve as dean of the School of Health Professions.
“We are happy to welcome Dr. Shelledy back to the Health Science Center. He did an outstanding job here as the founding chairman of our Department of Respiratory Care,” Dr. Henrich stated. “We are fortunate he has returned to San Antonio to lead our School of Health Professions. He is bringing great insight and leadership to all of our health professions programs.”
Dr. Shelledy, who assumed this new role on July 1st, had previously served as the founding chairman of the Department of Respiratory Care from 1994 to 2004 at the UT Health Science Center. He came from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, where he served as dean of the College of Health Sciences and professor of health systems management. He also held joint appointments in the departments of Clinical Sciences and Respiratory Care.
Including Rush Medical College, College of Nursing, Graduate College, and College of Health Sciences, Rush is a large academic medical center. During his time there, Dr. Shelledy served as dean of the College of Health Sciences, providing academic guidance for programs granting 21 degrees and certificates in allied health within nine academic departments, many of which are highly ranked and two of them ranked in the national top 10.
Enrollment in Rush college doubled during Dr. Shelledy’s tenure. Over the course of six years, he added six new programs. These included a master’s degree in respiratory care and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in health sciences.
After leaving the Health Science Center in 2004, and before moving to Rush University in 2007, Dr. Shelledy served as associate dean of academic and student affairs in the College of Health Related Professions at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science.
On returning to UT Health Science Center, Dr. Shelledy said, “The UT Health Science Center is a great institution, and I am grateful for the opportunity to join the leadership team under President Henrich’s direction. My wife Maga and I are delighted to return to San Antonio. I look forward to leading the School of Health Professions as it moves into the next stage of development as one of the best allied health schools in the nation.”
Dr. Shelledy was named a fellow of the American Association for Respiratory Care in 2005. He was also honored with the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions fellowship in 2011. He is a prolific writer, having published extensively, including 95 abstracts and papers in peer-reviewed journals, as well as 12 books or book chapters. He has given 75 presentations based on original research and he has delivered 96 additional scholarly speeches or lectures. Dr. Shelledy has also been president of the American Association for Respiratory Care and currently holds the seat of director for the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions.
The School of Health Professions offers bachelor’s degrees in many areas, including clinical laboratory sciences, cytogenetics, emergency health science, and respiratory care. It also offers graduate programs, among which are master’s degrees in clinical laboratory sciences/forensic toxicology, occupational therapy, physician assistant studies, and a doctorate in physical therapy. Additional programs include post-baccalaureate certificates in clinical laboratory sciences (hematology, immunohematology, clinical chemistry, microbiology, generalist and cytogenetics) and certificates in basic emergency medical technician and paramedic.