Nova Southeastern University (NSU), Fort Lauderdale, Florida, announced the appointment of Johannes W. Vieweg, MD, FACS, as Founding Dean of NSU’s College of Allopathic Medicine. The new college is aiming to welcome its first class of MD candidates in 2018, subject to achieving accreditation.
Dr. Vieweg joins NSU from the University of Florida (UF), where he served as the Wayne and Marti Huizenga Endowed Research Scholar’s Chair, Director of the UF Prostate Disease Center, and Chairman of the Florida Prostate Cancer Advisory Council.
NSU’s College of Allopathic Medicine will be the eighth college in NSU’s Health Professions Division, including the colleges of osteopathic medicine, dental medicine, nursing, health-care sciences, medical sciences, pharmacy, and optometry.
Research Focus and Appointments
Much of Dr. Vieweg’s career-long scientific activity has centered on the investigation and clinical testing of genetically engineered tumor vaccines, the discovery of universal tumor antigens, and the modulation of immunosuppressive T cells and myeloid cells. He also made significant contributions to the biomedical sciences by discovering novel pathway-targeted interventions and developing prediction models for therapeutic response.
Dr. Vieweg’s more recent research interests are aligned with the field of public health, preventive medicine, implementation science, and comparative effectiveness research, applied in academic and community-based settings.
Dr. Vieweg is board certified by the American Board of Urology and recently completed a 5-year term as Chair of the American Urological Association’s Research Council.
His scientific work has received uninterrupted funding by the National Institutes of Health since 1998. Additionally, in February 2015, Dr. Vieweg was awarded a Jefferson Science Fellowship by the National Academy of Sciences and, in that capacity, serves as a senior science and technology advisor to the U.S. Department of State (DOS) in the development of foreign policy. He primarily focuses on the management and implementation of scientific, technologic, and medical agreements established between the DOS and foreign governments, interacting with numerous DOS offices and other governmental agencies.
Dr. Vieweg received his medical degree from the Technical University of Munich, Germany. After relocating to the United States, he spent 3 years as a postdoctoral research fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Duke University. He then began a 9-year tenure as Vice Chair for Research in the Duke Department of Urology. Dr. Vieweg was the inaugural Chairman of the Department of Urology at UF from 2006 to 2015. ■