Thomas L. Schwenk, MD

Thomas L. Schwenk, MD
Dean, University of Nevada School of Medicine and Vice-president of the University of Nevada, Reno, Division of Health Sciences
Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., has served as dean of the University of Nevada School of Medicine and vice-president of the University of Nevada, Reno, Division of Health Sciences since July, 2011. He became the first member of the University of Nevada faculty to have been named a member of the prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

Dr. Schwenk brought to Nevada an extensive background in academic medicine and leadership. He spent more than 27 years in faculty and leadership posts at the University of Michigan, chairing family medicine for 25 years. He was installed in 2007 as the first George A. Dean, MD, Chair of Family Medicine, the department's first endowed professorship. He also served as a professor in the department of medical education and as associate director of the University of Michigan Depression Center.

Dr. Schwenk served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Family Medicine and as the organization’s vice-president from 2004 to 2005. He has served in reviewer or editor roles for several medical journals, including his current service as a reviewer with the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and deputy editor with Journal Watch. His teaching and research address psychiatric and psychosocial issues in primary care practice, with an emphasis on depression, most recently with an emphasis on depression in medical students and physicians. Dr. Schwenk has co-authored more than 130 research and clinical articles, book chapters and books, most of which focus on psychological aspects of medical practice. He is a co-editor of the textbook Primary Care Psychiatry, as well as the co-author of a set of monographs on teaching skills for physicians.

A fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, Dr. Schwenk is board certified in both family medicine and sports medicine. He has clinical interests in ergogenic and nutritional supplement use in sports and mental illness and burnout in athletes.

Dr. Schwenk received his BS in Chemical Engineering and MD from the University of Michigan. He trained in family medicine at the University of Utah. He practiced rural family medicine in Utah and served on the faculty of the University of Utah Department of Family and Community Medicine before returning to the University of Michigan in 1984.