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Meet our Executive Director

A native of Syracuse, New York, Dr. Dzielak received an AAS degree
from the State University of New York at Delhi and a BS degree from
Cornell University. Dr. Dzielak received his Ph.D. degree from the
University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1982. He did a post-doctoral
fellowship with Dr. Arthur Guyton in the Department of Physiology and
Biophysics, and in 1984 became a faculty member in that department. In
1986 Dr. Dzielak moved to Columbus, Ohio, to work for Adria Laboratories
where he was a Senior Scientist in charge of Cardiovascular Pharmacology.
In 1987 Dr. Dzielak returned to the University of Mississippi Medical
Center to continue his career in academic medicine. Dr. Dzielak is an
integrative cardiovascular physiologist by training, and his research has focused
on the neural control of the circulation and the role of immune mechanisms in cardiovascular disease. His
teaching responsibilities included lectures to the first year medical and dental students on the subject of
neurophysiology, graduate level research methods courses, and mentoring Ph.D. candidates. He has 76
scientific abstracts and publications and 15 book chapters.

In 1998 Dr. Dzielak was appointed to the position of Executive Director of Research at the University
of Mississippi Medical Center. In this position Dr. Dzielak organized the administrative processes
associated with the research mission of the Medical Center. In 2001 he became the Associate Vice
Chancellor for Research. In that position he initiated several programs to promote the research mission
of the Medical Center including a faculty incentive plan. During this time federal funding for research at
the Medical Center campus quadrupled. In 2005 he assumed the position of the Associate Vice
Chancellor for Strategic Research Alliances. In that position Dr. Dzielak’s focus was on the Medical Center’s
Washington, DC efforts to garner directed appropriations to enhance the infrastructure of the institution. Dr.
Dzielak was instrumental in bringing over $74 million of directed appropriations to the Medical Center to
enhance research infrastructure including funding for the newest research building on campus, the Arthur C.
Guyton Laboratory Research Center. Administrative realignment in 2011 resulted in a change in title to
Director of Strategic Research Alliances, but his responsibilities remained the same. In addition to the above,
Dr. Dzielak has focused on promoting technology transfer and biotechnology development with academic
and business partners.

In January of 2012 Dr. Dzielak was named Executive Director of the Mississippi Division of Medicaid by
Governor Phil Bryant.

He is married to the former Marilyn McLaurin of Brandon. He has three stepsons, Luther W. Wade III
(Lyndsey), Todd M. Wade and Justin D. Wade, and one grandson, Luther W.Wade IV.

Dr. David J. Dzielak
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


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