OHSU chooses new president from University of Texas

OHSU chooses new president from University of Texas

Oregon Health & Science University named a new president Tuesday, its fifth since becoming an independent institution.

Dr. Danny Jacobs, an executive vice president, provost and dean of the school of medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch, was the unanimous choice of the OHSU board of directors.

He starts Aug. 1. Dr. Joe Robertson, the outgoing president, will stay until July 1.

Jacobs grew up in rural Arkansas. He attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis, then completed his residency and fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

He earned a master's degree in public health from Harvard University.

In Texas, Jacobs is a professor in the institute for translational sciences, the department of surgery and the department of preventive medicine and community health. He has worked at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as Harvard, Creighton and Duke universities. His research focuses on metabolism and nutrition.

He also enjoys cycling, hiking and fly fishing. His wife, Nancy, is an Oregon State University graduate and nutritionist. They have three children and three grandchildren.

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