Dr. William Bates, a professor at Meharry Medical College, will lead Belmont University’s new college of medicine as the school’s founding dean, the university announced Thursday.
Belmont announced in October its plans to establish a medical school in partnership with HCA Healthcare, one of the largest hospital chains in the country and a long-time partner of the university.
The first step toward opening the school was selecting someone to lead it, Belmont University President Bob Fisher said at the time.
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Dr. Bates currently serves as a professor of obstetrics and gynecology and director of reproductive endocrinology at Meharry Medical College — one