Allison Brashear, M.D., M.B.A.

Dean of the School of Medicine

Allison Brashear, M.D., M.B.A.

Allison Brashear, M.D., M.B.A. was appointed dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine in April 2019. Brashear is an internationally known researcher in movement disorders and oversees one of the nation’s top research, academic and medical training institutions, with 836 full-time faculty, approximately 460 students, and 817 trainees in graduate medical education.

UC Davis School of Medicine ranks seventh in primary care training and 40 in research in the 2021 U.S. News & World Report survey of America’s top medical schools. The school currently has more than $315 million of research funding.

Before joining UC Davis, Brashear was professor and chair of the Department of Neurology for 14 years at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, leading a team whose research and clinical innovation led to new models of neurological care. At Wake Forest she held the Walter C. Teagle Endowed Chair of Neurology.

Brashear is an international expert in ATP1A3-related diseases, a spectrum of rare neurologic disorders. She has continuously been funded by the National Institutes of Health since 2008 and is the principal investigator for Clinical Genetic and Cellular Consequences of Mutations in ATP1A3. Brashear also received NIH funding to support the 7th International ATP1A3 disease symposium in 2018. Prior to joining UC Davis, Brashear was the co-principal investigator on the NIH-funded NeuroNext. Brashear has served as the principal investigator on more than 50 clinical trials in cervical dystonia and spasticity, leading to three FDA-approved medications. Dr. Brashear’s work has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Neuron, Lancet Neurology, Neurology, and Movement Disorders.

She also holds an M.B.A. focused on health-sector management and has expertise in health policy, hospital-clinical integration, academics and research. Brashear has been a lifelong champion of inclusion and patient-centered care and has worked actively to help advance women in leadership across academic medicine.

Brashear was an honor scholar and earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at DePauw University in Indiana (1983) and earned her medical degree at the Indiana University School of Medicine (1987), completing her neurology residency there in 1991. She remained at Indiana as a professor of Neurology until 2005 when she was appointed the Chair of Neurology at Wake Forest.

Brashear completed the Harvard School of Public Health Leadership program for Physicians in 2004 and earned her M.B.A. from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in 2012. She was named an Association of American Medical Colleges Council of Deans Fellow in 2014. She completed the Executive Leadership Academic Medicine program in 2007.

Brashear serves on the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine’s Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee. She has also served on the boards of the American Neurological Association and the American Academy of Neurology, where she was instrumental in crafting a leadership program for women.

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