Broward County

Leading UF prostate researcher appointed dean of NSU College of Allopathic Medicine

Dr. Johannes Vieweg
Dr. Johannes Vieweg

Dr. Johannes W. Vieweg will be the founding dean of Nova Southeastern University’s College of Allopathic Medicine, which plans to welcome its first class in 2018.

He comes to NSU from the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he served as director of the UF Prostate Disease Center, was the Wayne and Marti Huizenga Endowed Research Scholar’s Chair and was chairman of the Florida Prostate Cancer Advisory Council. At UF, he was the inaugural chairman of the department of urology from 2006 to 2015.

“Dr. Vieweg has a stellar reputation as a physician leader and researcher, and with his guidance, NSU’s College of Allopathic Medicine will be home to a strong M.D. program that complements NSU’s existing D.O. program in the College of Osteopathic Medicine and helps meet the growing need of physicians both in our community and on a regional and national level,” NSU President George Hanbury said in a statement.

NSU will be the only university in the Southeastern United States and the first in Florida to house both an allopathic medical school and an osteopathic medical school.

Allopathic medicine (awarding the M.D. degree) is the main track of medical practice in the U.S. that treats disease through evidence-based medical interventions such as drugs or surgery. Allopaths are more involved in biomedical research and clinical trials. Osteopathic medicine (awarding the D.O. degree) is more community and holistic medicine oriented. Most medical schools in the U.S. are allopathic.

Currently, Vieweg is a Jefferson Science Fellow with the National Academy of Sciences, working with the State Department in implementing medical, scientific and technological agreements between the United States and foreign governments.

This spring, NSU will also open a 215,000-square-foot Center for Collaborative Research in its main campus in Davie.