How we became a speedboat in a time of crisis

Event Date: 
Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - 12:00pm
Dean, Medical School; VP of Health Sciences

Soon after Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD, assumed his current roles at the University of Minnesota, including dean of the Medical School and vice president for Clinical Affairs, the coronavirus pandemic was raging.

The pandemic focused enormous attention on the Medical School as it developed diagnostic testing capability, carried out dozens of clinical trials of COVID-19 therapies, and partnered in creating a COVID-only cohort hospital.

The story Dr. Tolar will share with us for the UMRA Forum on Tuesday, September 28, is how the remarkable faculty, staff, and students at the Medical School responded in an unprecedented effort of adaptation, collaboration, and service.

Please register for this truly special opportunity to hear directly from Dr. Tolar how we turned the big ship around and became a speedboat in a time of crisis, and what we will take forward from that lesson. The forum will be a Zoom webinar starting at 12 noon. 

Distinguished McKnight University Professor
In addition to serving as dean and vice president for Clinical Affairs, Dr. Tolar is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and a clinician in the Division of Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation & Cellular Therapy. He also serves as board chair for University of Minnesota Physicians and is co-leader of M Health Fairview, the joint clinical enterprise between the University of Minnesota Medical School, University of Minnesota Physicians, and Fairview Health Services.

Dr. Tolar received his MD from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, and his PhD in molecular, cellular, developmental biology and genetics at the University of Minnesota.

His clinical and research interests are focused on finding cellular and genetic therapies for incurable genetic disorders, including Fanconi anemia, Hurler’s disease, dyskeratosis congenita, and severe variants of the skin-blistering disorder epidermolysis bullosa.

Dean Tolar took a leadership position in understanding the coronavirus, its testing, and treatments. With the University’s talented faculty, much progress has been made. Dr. Tolar will inform us of those efforts and his view of what is to come as he speaks with us on September 28. Please register and attend.

—Frank Cerra, MD, UMRA past president

Event Location: 
Event to be held via Zoom.
Publication date: 
August 19, 2021
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