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

Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences
& Mark and Pam Rubin Dean

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.
Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences & Mark and Pam Rubin Dean
UCR School of Medicine

Dean Deborah Deas

Biography of Dean Deborah Deas, M.D., M.P.H.

Deborah Deas, M.D., M.P.H. is a professor of psychiatry and the Mark and Pam Rubin dean of the School of Medicine and chief executive officer for clinical affairs at the University of California, Riverside. She serves on the Board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM).

Deas was the interim dean of the College of Medicine and Professor of Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina. During her tenure, she served as senior associate dean for medical education, chief academic officer, senior associate dean for diversity and associate dean for admissions.

Deas earned her B.S. degree in biology from the College of Charleston in 1978 and her M.P.H. degree from the University of South Carolina in 1979. She earned her M.D. from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1989. Deas completed both her residency in psychiatry and fellowships in child and adolescent psychiatry and addiction psychiatry from the Medical University of South Carolina. She also completed a National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) fellowship.

She is board certified in adult psychiatry, child/adolescent psychiatry and addiction psychiatry. Her research areas include: adolescent substance abuse treatments, anxiety disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD).

Deas is a fellow with the American College of Psychiatrists and the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. She is a member of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Council of Deans and as well as the Group on Diversity and Inclusion, the Group on Education Affairs, and the Group for Student Affairs. Other affiliations include the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Ad Hoc Committee on Editorship and Publications, the American Psychiatric Association Council on Addiction, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, the National Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Public Health Association, the Research Society on Alcoholism, and the International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism.