Senior Leadership

Stuart D. Flynn, M.D., is the founding dean of the Anne Burnett Marion School of Medicine at Texas Christian University. He most recently served as founding dean of the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. Previously, he was a professor of pathology and surgery at Yale University School of Medicine as well as an accomplished researcher, director of the residency program, a leader in the design and oversight of the school’s curriculum, and founding member of The Society of Distinguished Teachers at Yale.

Stuart D. Flynn, M.D.Founding Dean


Flynn received his medical degree and residency training from the University of Michigan and completed a fellowship in oncologic pathology at Stanford University. Flynn has authored more than 100 articles, books and monographs. He has received numerous honors including America’s Top Physician’s Award from the Consumers’ Research Council of America, the Bohmfalk Teacher of the Year Award from Yale University School of Medicine and the Averill A. Liebow Award for excellence in the teaching of residents, also at Yale. He has been a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners Pathology Test Committee and USMLE Step I Test Material Development Committee.

Jennifer Allie, Ph.D., M.P.A.

Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Development


Judy Bernas

Senior Associate Dean and Chief Communication and Strategy Officer


Richard Davis, M.B.A.

Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Administration, Chief Financial Officer


Karen Restifo, M.D., J.D.

Executive Dean of Initiatives & Partnerships


Jo Anna Leuck, M.D.

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs


Gregory Kearns, PharmD, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Research; Director of Faculty Scholarship and Research; and Assistant Director for Scholarly Pursuit and Thesis

Lauren J. Rainey, J.D., M.S.

Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


Angela Cantrell, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean for Pre-Clinical Education and Chair of Medical Education


Lee Flood, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean for Assessment, Accreditation and Quality Improvement


Kevin Kidder, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean for Admissions


Natalie Lundsteen, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs


Erin Nelson, Psy.D.

Assistant Dean for Physician Communication


Kimberly Washington, M.D.

Assistant Dean for Clinical Faculty Success

Jacque Chadwick, M.D.

Special Assistant to the Dean


Mary Elizabeth Herring, J.D.

Professionalism Resource Officer