Dell Medical School founders honored as 'Austinites of the Year'


Dell Medical School has the potential to support the economic health of the Austin community for many years to come.   File photo

The two men credited for originating and opening the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas are being honored as the "Austinites of the Year" for 2016.

The Austin Chamber of Commerce recognized Dr. Kenneth Shine and Dr. Claiborne “Clay” Johnston with the prestigious recognition thanks to their strongly influential advancement of the Austin region.

“The Dell Medical School, Seton teaching hospital and related innovation district not only drive new healthcare delivery models to support the physical health of our local community, but they position Austin around the world as a burgeoning economic hotbed of medical technology and innovation,” Tony Budet, 2016 chair of the Austin Chamber, said. “Dell Medical School has the potential to support the economic health of our community for many years to come. This will help grow our region’s bio, device and health care IT sectors and create a broad range of jobs and opportunities for entrepreneurs, small businesses and the local workforce.”

The awards will be presented to Johnston and Shine during ceremonies at the Chamber's Annual Meeting on Feb. 10.

Shine formerly served the UT System as executive vice chancellor before making the idea of a new medical school a reality. Johnston was selected as the Dell Medical School’s first dean in 2014.

“With the creation of the medical school, we've set ourselves on a path to becoming a model healthy community with an economic engine that drives opportunity far and wide – to all Austinites,” Texas state Sen. Kirk Watson (D-Austin) who strongly supported the medical school. “Both Ken and Clay have played essential roles in this remarkable achievement and deserve this wonderful honor.”

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