(This article previously published by Saint Louis University SLU Newsroom)

Saint Louis University President Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D., has appointed Robert Wilmott, M.D., as Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the University School of Medicine, effective August 14. His term will run until Dec. 31, 2021.

Wilmott had been serving as Acting Dean and Vice President for Medical Affairs since January.

“During the last seven months, Dr. Wilmott has worked collaboratively with stakeholders inside and outside of the University, and especially with our healthcare partner, SSM. He also has put in place operational changes that I believe will put SLUCare on sound financial footing in the years ahead,” said Pestello.

Dr. Wilmott was the unanimous choice of the search committee tasked with reviewing internal candidates for the position. As a part of his review, Dr. Wilmott prepared three-year strategic plans for both the School of Medicine and SLUCare, which both report to him.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to make a significant contribution to the future of the medical school and SLUCare. I am very optimistic about our future,” said Wilmott.

Wilmott has served in leadership positions at SLU since 2001, including 17 years as Chair of the Department of Pediatrics. He has received numerous awards and has been named a St. Louis “Best Doc” by St. Louis Magazine every year since 2002.

Dr. Wilmott has been a member of the St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society since 2008.