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Upstate Medical names Licinio dean of College of Medicine

Julio Licinio HeadshotSYRACUSE, N.Y. — Upstate Medical University has named Dr. Julio Licinio senior VP and dean of the school’s College of Medicine.

The appointment is effective July 1, Dr. Danielle Laraque-Arena, president of Upstate Medical, said in a news release.

Licinio assumes the role that Dr. David Duggan previously held before he stepped down as dean of the College of Medicine last Oct. 15 to take a six-month sabbatical before returning to the Upstate Medical faculty.

Dr. Mantosh DeWan has been serving as the school’s interim dean, according to the Upstate website.

As dean, Licinio will oversee the academic activities of the basic and clinical-science departments, including education and research, in the College of Medicine.

Upstate’s College of Medicine has an enrollment of about 640, the school said.

He will also join the university executive committee in overseeing the leadership and management of the university, Upstate said.

“Dr. Licinio brings to Upstate a record of accomplishment in every aspect of academic medicine,” Laraque-Arena said in the release. “His experience as a physician-scientist with a broad international reputation, together with his successful career and critical understanding of administrative leadership, clinical care, research, education and policy, will move Upstate forward and broaden our research and academic enterprise.”

Laraque-Arena went on to say that “his work in translational medicine and his broad global perspective is especially important to Upstate and positions him well to meet the challenges of academic medicine in this new century.”


About Liciano

Licinio’s appointment to Upstate follows a nearly 30-year career in academic medicine. He’s led academic programs of training, research, patient care and community engagement, “both nationally and internationally.”

Licinio currently serves as deputy director of translation strategy and process for the head, mind and brain theme at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute in Adelaide, Australia.

He is also a professor at Flinders University in Adelaide.

His work in “building clinical and translational science institutes and programs” included positions at UCLA from 1999 to 2006; the University of Miami from 2006 to 2009; and the National Australian University from 2009 to 2013, Upstate said.

A native of Brazil, Licinio earned his medical degree from the University of Bahia School of Medicine in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil in 1982. He also completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Sao Paulo Medical Centre in Brazil between 1982 and 1984.

His medical education also included a research-track residency in psychiatry and service as a clinical associate and senior clinical associate in psychiatry at Cornell University Medical College, which is now known as Weill Cornell Medical College.


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