As a leader in medical education, David S. Wilkes, MD, has served as researcher, teacher, administrator, mentor and executive. He joined the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 2015 as dean and James Carroll Flippin Professor of Medical Science.
A specialist in pulmonary disease and critical care medicine, Dr. Wilkes obtained an undergraduate degree from Villanova University before receiving a medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in 1982. He completed an internship and residency at Temple University Hospital and a pulmonary and critical care fellowship at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
Before arriving at University of Virginia, Dr. Wilkes was executive associate dean for research affairs at Indiana University School of Medicine and assistant vice president for research at Indiana University. He was also director of the Indiana University School of Medicine’s Physician Scientist Initiative. He currently serves on the Board of Visitors of the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and the Villanova University Board of Trustees.
Dr. Wilkes has co-authored more than 100 research papers and holds six US patents. He is founder and chief scientific officer of ImmuneWorks, Inc., a biotech company which develops novel treatments for immune-mediated lung disease. Dr. Wilkes was the recipient of Indiana University’s President Medal, the highest distinction given to a faculty member for recognition of accomplishments and service to the university. He is national director of the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and has served on several advisory boards and committees of the National Institute of Health. A military veteran, Dr. Wilkes served three years as a major in the US Air Force Medical Corps where he earned a commendation medal for service.