In this role, Brater will chair the University Clinical Affairs Cabinet, which consists of the deans or heads of the university’s main clinical units, including the schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, optometry and health and rehabilitation sciences.
Brater will also be responsible for ensuring that all of IU’s clinical activities are coordinated with its key clinical partners, including Clarian Health, the Eskenazi Health Foundation and the Roudebush VA Medical Center.
Brater’s new appointment was announced by McRobbie during his annual State of the University address, held on Sept. 28 on the IUPUI campus.
“Dr. Brater’s great accomplishments as a researcher and administrator in the IU School of Medicine and his position as one of the most senior and well-respected medical deans in the country admirably qualify him for this appointment,” McRobbie said.
Brater has served as dean of the IU School of Medicine for 10 years. He was chair of the Department of Medicine at IU from 1990 until that time. He joined the faculty in 1986, soon after establishing the Division of Clinical of Medicine within the department.
Prior to joining IU, he spent nine years on the faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas after a year as a junior faculty member. He is American Board of Internal Medicine Board certified.
Brater also chairs the board and the executive committee of BioCrossroads, an Indiana consortium of business, industry and academic organizations dedicated to economic development through advancements in the life sciences. He serves on the boards of directors of Clarian Health Partners, the Regenstrief Institute, the Fairbanks Institute and the Riley Children’s Foundation.
He attended undergraduate and medical school at Duke University, where he also completed an internship. He completed his residency in internal medicine, followed by a fellowship in clinical pharmacology, at the University of California at San Francisco.