Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

H. Dele Davies, M.D.

H. Dele DaviesDr. H. Dele Davies is an internationally recognized expert in pediatric infectious diseases and a leader in community health. As senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean for graduate studies, Dr. Davies works with a team of very talented faculty and staff to enhance UNMC's academic focus and build the momentum of making UNMC the most learner-centered health science center in the nation.

Dr. Davies holds M.D. and Masters of Science in Epidemiology degrees from the University of Toronto, Canada and Masters of Science in Health Care Management from the Harvard School of Public Health. He is specialty trained in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases from the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada. He was previously Chair of Pediatrics and Human Development at Michigan State University {MSU} (2003-2012) and Director of the Child Health Research Unit at Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary, Canada prior to that (1993-2003). 

Dr. Davies has 200 publications in peer-reviewed journals related to his research or infectious diseases topics, in addition to one edited book on Obesity in Childhood and Adolescence, several book chapters and other scholarly publications, and numerous presentations at national and international meetings. His areas of research interest are in infectious diseases, especially perinatal infections caused by Group A and B streptococcus. His research has been funded by several agencies including the National Institutes of Health, the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

In April of 2017, Dr. Davies completed a six-year term on the “Red Book” Committee on Infectious Diseases of the American Academy of Pediatrics. During his service, he was appointed as the “Ebola Czar” representing the committee and updating members on national trends related to Ebola during the global outbreak. He led the development of statements on infectious complications of biologic response modifiers, sports-related infections, and parental presence during outbreaks of Ebola, and contributed to several other statements, including writing of Red Book chapters and an AAP Newsletter related to Ebola.

Dr. Davies has previously served a five-year term as a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Centers for Infectious Diseases of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Atlanta), on the NIH (NIAID) Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (MIDB) Study Section on training grants, and as Secretary-Treasurer of the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs. Dr. Davies is also Past Chair of the Pediatric Investigators Collaborative Network on Infections in Canada and has served on the Canadian Pediatric Society Infectious Diseases and Immunization Committee and Health Canada’s Committee to Advise on Tropical Medicine and Travel.  

Dr. Davies has received numerous prestigious awards during his career for his research, teaching and mentorship including the Mo-Watanabe Distinguished Faculty Award at the University of Calgary (twice) and the William B. Weil Jr. Endowed Distinguished Pediatric Faculty Award of the College of Human Medicine at MSU. He has been consistently recognized each year as a member of the Best Doctors of America since 2006, is a Fellow of both the Infectious Diseases Society of America and Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, and is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha National Honors Society.