Terence R. Flotte, MD
Dean of the School of Medicine, Provost and Executive Deputy Chancellor
The Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor
Since joining UMass Medical School in 2007, Dean Flotte has led numerous successful initiatives elevating the academic stature of the institution, including establishing the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences; establishment of neurosurgery; urology and ophthalmology as academic departments; recruitment of numerous department chairs; and development of the Advanced Therapeutics Cluster.
During Flotte’s time as dean of the School of Medicine, class size has increased from 103 to 162; a revised curriculum has been developed and implemented including “Learning Communities” guided by faculty mentors. In 2016, the medical school opened its first regional campus in Springfield, Mass. The research enterprise of the institution has grown to more than $280 million and a new 512,000-square-foot multiuse facility was built to accommodate the growing clinical and translational research laboratories as well as provide a new educational home for faculty and students.
An internationally known pioneer in human gene therapy, Flotte is currently investigating the use of gene therapy for genetic diseases, including alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency and Tay-Sachs disease. In 1995, he led the team at Johns Hopkins that became the first to use the apparently harmless adeno-associated virus, or AAV, as a vehicle to deliver corrective genes to targeted sites in the body, including the damaged airways of adults with cystic fibrosis. He is the author of more than 250 scholarly papers and his research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Alpha One Foundation. Since 2015, Flotte has also been editor-in-chief of gene therapy’s oldest journal family, Human Gene Therapy.
Flotte joined the medical school from the University of Florida, where he was the Nemours Eminent Scholar and chair of the Department of Pediatrics for the College of Medicine. Flotte received his undergraduate degree in the biological sciences from the University of New Orleans in 1982, and his medical degree from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in 1986. After serving his residency in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University, he completed a pediatric pulmonary fellowship and postdoctoral training in molecular virology there in 1992, before joining the Hopkins faculty for four years.
In 1996, Flotte joined the faculty of the University of Florida and was appointed associate director of University of Florida’s Powell Gene Therapy Center. In 2000, he was named director of the Powell Center and founding director of the newly established University of Florida Genetics Institute, a cross-campus multidisciplinary unit encompassing gene therapy, human genetics, agricultural genetics and comparative genomics. In 2002, he stepped down from these roles to accept the position of chair of the Department of Pediatrics.