Scott Strome, MD, FACS, an internationally recognized head and neck surgeon, has been named Robert Kaplan Executive Dean of the College of Medicine and vice chancellor for Health Affairs at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) effective on or before October 1.
Dr. Strome comes to UTHSC from the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSM) where he served as professor and chair of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (OTO-HNS) for 13 years. A respected cancer surgeon and investigator, he brings both research and clinical expertise to UTHSC.
As a clinician, Dr. Strome has particular expertise in the treatment of head and neck tumors, thyroid cancer, and diseases of the anterior skull base. He spends one day a week in the clinical setting and one day a week in the surgical setting. His plan is to expand the UTHSC clinical operation, while focusing on quality patient outcomes and cutting-edge advancements and technologies
As a researcher, he is the founder and former co-leader of the program in tumor immunology and immunotherapy in the University of Maryland's comprehensive cancer center. He has been a National Institutes of Health-funded researcher and is the co-founder of Gliknik Inc., a biotechnology company developing novel therapeutics to treat cancer and autoimmunity. Highlights of Dr. Strome's research career include his roles in helping to define the translational potential of manipulating PDL-1: PD-1 interactions for the treatment of cancer - discoveries that are being employed for the treatment of patients with malignant disease - as well as the development of a new class of drugs for the treatment of autoimmune/inflammatory diseases.
Dr. Strome received his bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in Boston. He completed his internship and residency at University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, and a fellowship in OTO-HNS reconstruction at Alleghany Health Education and Research Foundation in Philadelphia.