J. Brooks Jackson, an expert in HIV prevention, detection, and treatment and director of the Department of Pathology at Johns Hopkins Medicine, is leaving Johns Hopkins to become the medical school dean and vice president for health sciences at the University of Minnesota. Jackson's departure was announced in an email sent by Paul B. Rothman, dean of the medical faculty at Johns Hopkins and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Ronald R. Peterson, president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System.
Jackson has overseen the Department of Pathology for more than 12 years, since September 2001, after serving as interim director for a year. Under his leadership, the department achieved and maintained a first-place ranking in NIH funding, raised significant philanthropic support, and improved faculty diversity, Rothman and Peterson said. His research spawned advances in reducing HIV transmission from mother to child, and he led the largest NIH-funded maternal pediatric HIV clinical trials network in the world.
Jackson began his career as a pathology resident and assistant professor at Minnesota. He will assume his new position there on Feb. 17.