ETSU announces expanded role for Quillen dean

Published 8:44 am Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Block named Vice President for Clinical  Affairs and Dean of Quillen College of Medicine

JOHNSON CITY — East Tennessee State University announced that Dr. Bill Block, who has served as dean of Quillen College of Medicine for the past year, will assume additional responsibilities as the university’s Vice President for Clinical Affairs and Dean of Quillen College of Medicine.

“As the work of ETSU Health continues to expand and as we deepen our partnerships with Ballad Health, I have asked Dr. Bill Block to represent the university in a leadership capacity and provide oversight of these initiatives,” said ETSU President Brian Noland.

In his role as Vice President for Clinical Affairs, Block will be ETSU’s lead liaison to Ballad Health, handle all contracts between ETSU and its health care partners, and hold clinical oversight of ETSU Health in association with the ETSU Health Advisory Board, which consists of all five deans of the colleges within the Academic Health Sciences Center at ETSU. These responsibilities are in addition to his ongoing duties as Dean of Quillen College of Medicine.

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Block’s title change became effective Feb. 1.

Block is a 1992 graduate of Quillen College of Medicine and from 1998-2004 he held various faculty positions at the medical school. After working as the medical director for the Minnesota Perinatal Physicians in Minnesota, he returned to Quillen in 2016 as chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology before becoming interim dean in 2018. He became permanent dean in February 2019.