University of California, Riverside

School of Medicine

Message from the Dean

Deborah Deas, M.D.

Message from Deborah Deas, M.D., M.P.H.

Mark and Pam Rubin Dean &
Chief Executive Officer for Clinical Affairs

When people ask me what it is that appealed to me most about joining the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine, my answer is simple.

“Everything,” I reply.

As a physician, I am keenly aware of the need to provide medical services to underserved communities such as those in our Inland Southern California region. As a teacher and researcher, I am excited by the opportunity to educate the next generation of physicians and scientists who want to provide service to their neighbors in the communities that they call home.

I grew up on a rural farm in Adams Run, South Carolina, and have seen first-hand the challenges faced by underserved populations, including education, employment and health care  I have dedicated my life, both personally and professionally, to increasing opportunities and advocating for progress. I believe these values align perfectly with the mission of the School of Medicine.

While we have challenges ahead, we also have great opportunities. We will continue to lead the charge in the evolution of health care by applying new and diverse strategies that create skilled, culturally competent physicians and biomedical researchers who place an emphasis on prevention, wellness, and cost-effective treatments.

I am excited to lead this devoted and talented group of students, staff and faculty and meeting and working with our friends and neighbors as we continue to build the public, community-based medical school that Inland Southern California both needs and deserves. Together, we will make a real difference in the health of the people in our communities.


Deborah Deas, M.D., M.P.H.
Mark and Pam Rubin Dean and Chief Executive Officer for Clinical Affairs
UCR School of Medicine

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