William A. McDade, PhD’88, MD’90

William A. McDade, PhD’88, MD’90

Dr. William McDade is Deputy Provost for Research and Minority Issues for the University of Chicago and Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care. He is currently Chair of the Board of Trustees and a Past-President of the Illinois State Medical Society, and is Immediate Past Chairman of the American Medical Association Council on Medical Education, a Board Director for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, and a representative on the National Board of Medical Examiners, and serves on the US Department of Education’s National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation. He previously served as Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs for the Pritzker School of Medicine.

Dr. McDade earned his doctorate in biophysics and theoretical biology and his medical degree at the University of Chicago in the Medical Scientist Training Program.  He completed his residency in anesthesiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital-Harvard Medical School, served the National Medical Association as chairman of its Anesthesiology Section for many years and was awarded the NMA’s James M. Whittico Award. Dr. McDade also chaired the Minority Affairs Consortium of the American Medical Association and was the first recipient of the AMA’s award to recognize Excellence in Eliminating Health Disparities. 

As a biomedical educator, Dr. McDade has mentored 38 students in his laboratory, has been the principal investigator of NIH grants focused on training minority students in biomedical research, from high school to medical school, and serves as the University of Chicago’s institutional coordinator for the Leadership Alliance as well as the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship programs, which develop undergraduate minority student interest in academic careers. He was named Physician of the Year by the Chicago Medical Society, appointed as a Senior Faculty Fellow in the Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence, and given the Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion in the Biological Sciences Division.

After a relationship that began with an undergraduate physics course in 1977, Dr. McDade will be leaving the University of Chicago later this month. He has recently been named Executive Vice-President and Chief Academic Officer for the Ochsner Health System in New Orleans, LA.