Michael R. Dobbs, MD, MHCM (Co-Chair)

UT Health RGV

Michael R. Dobbs, MD, MHCM is a tenured Professor and Chair of Neurology at UTRGV, as well as serving as the Chief Medical Officer for UT Health RGV. He is also module co-director for Mind, Brain, and Behavior in the 2nd year medical student curriculum.  As Chief Medical Officer at UT Health RGV, Dobbs shares oversight of the practice plan and the medical staff and he is currently working on long-term clinical strategy for UT Health RGV.     

He moved to UTRGV from the University of Kentucky where he served as an Associate Dean responsible for clinical and statewide initiatives, Associate Chief Medical officer, and Interim Chair of Neurology.  A stroke neurologist, he founded and built the 34 hospital UK Healthcare/Norton Healthcare Stroke Network that continues to grow and bring life-saving treatments to underserved regions.  He led a team that created a novel data management system, the Kentucky-Appalachian Stroke Registry, which fuels clinical trials and original publications.  He helped to create the sub-specialty of Clinical Neurotoxicology, and his textbook Clinical Neurotoxicology—Syndromes, Substances, Environments is a leading reference text in the field. He also holds a patent for a dermatitis treatment that made it to the veterinary market and has provided relief to millions of small animals as “Genesis Topical Spray.”  He has taught in the classroom on topics as wide-ranging as financial management and art history.  He holds degrees from the University of Kentucky and Harvard. He served with distinction in the US Air Force.  In his spare time, he loves to be with his family and paint landscapes.  

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