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Deans of the Wake Forest School of Medicine

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John B. Powers, Jr., M.D.

Wake Forest School of Medicine opened in 1902 in the town of Wake Forest, NC. The medical school moved to Winston-Salem in 1941. Like changes in administration, the school has changed its name several times beginning with:

Wake Forest College Medical School

Wake Forest College School of Medical Sciences

Bowman Gray School of Medicine

Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Wake Forest School of Medicine

One of the most popular queries for Dorothy Carpenter Medical Archives staff is the deans and their tenures. The School has had a total of 13 deans with several serving in different time periods and in different roles.


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Fred K. Cooke, M.D.

Dean. 1902-1905 

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Walter S. Rankin, M.D.

Dean 1905-1909

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John B. Powers, Jr., M.D.

Acting Dean  1909-1910

Dean 1910-1911 


 no Medical School Dean

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Thurman D. Kitchin, M.D.

Dean 1919-1936

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Coy C. Carpenter, M.D.

Dean 1936-1963

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Manson Meads, M.D.

Executive Dean 1959-1963

Dean 1963-1971 

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Richard Janeway, M.D.

Dean 1971-1985

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Fairfield Goodale, M.D.

Executive Dean 1984-85

Dean 1985-86

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Richard Janeway, M.D.

Executive Dean 1985-1994

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James N. Thompson, M.D.

Dean 1994-2001

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Acting Dean 2001

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William B. Applegate, M.D., M.P.H.

Dean 2002-2011

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Edward Abraham, M.D.

Dean 2011-2017

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