John Prescott, M.D., has been named dean of the West Virginia University School of Medicine, succeeding Robert D'Alessandri, M.D., who will remain as vice president for health sciences at WVU as well as president of the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute.
Prescott is senior associate dean and president of University Health Associates, the organization of faculty physicians and dentists at the medical school.
"John is someone who's deeply devoted to the school's missions," D'Alessandri said in a news release. "He's a great teacher who really understands medical education; he's committed to research, and he has an exceptional grasp not only of the clinical aspects of healthcare but also of its complex and vitally important role in society -- and in particular, in our state."
The school, based in Morgantown, W.Va., has divisions in Charleston and Martinsburg.
Prescott was formerly chair of the school's department of emergency medicine and director of the Center for Rural Emergency Medicine. In 1999 he became University Health Associates president and CEO, the first physician to hold that position.
Prescott earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Georgetown University and trained in emergency medicine at Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio. He also served as medical director of West Virginia's Office of Emergency Medical Services.
His wife, Charlotte Dillis, M.D., is a radiologist at WVU. The couple has three children.