West Virginia University, Vice President & Executive Dean for Health Sciences

marshClay Marsh, MD, is West Virginia University’s chief health officer, and serves as a member of President E. Gordon Gee’s leadership team.  As WVU’s vice president for health sciences, he oversees five health sciences schools and three health campuses, and serves on the governing boards that determine policy and priorities for WVU Medicine and its component organizations. In addition, as executive dean, he is the leader of the WVU School of Medicine.

Considered a national leader in personalized and academic medicine, Dr. Marsh has acquired more than $20 million in National Institutes of Health funding as principal investigator, co-PI, co-investigator and mentor. He has published more than 140 papers in peer-reviewed journals. His clinical interest is in determining how to help individuals stay healthy and defining a person’s biological age using genetic approaches. He is currently focusing on how to create precision health resources for people in West Virginia and beyond as a key strategy for improving health outcomes while reducing healthcare spending.

In his role as WVU’s health leader, he has mobilized resources across the University to help WVU Medicine become the leading employer in the state and to build signature programs of excellence in the areas of heart and vascular care, cancer prevention and treatment, women's and children’s health, trauma and critical care, and neurological health and disease. He also has focused resources on areas of emphasis, including opioid addiction, diabetes, and obesity. As part of WVU’s efforts to address the opioid crisis in West Virginia and the nation, he was a participant in a 2016 White House Symposium on the development of centers of academic excellence in addiction medicine.

He also served on the transition team for West Virginia Governor Jim Justice and is a key sponsor of the WVU/Greater Morgantown Safe Communities Initiative, the first in the country between a county, a city and a university.

Marsh holds more than 20 patents or patent disclosures. He has mentored more than 50 MD, MD/PhD and PhD doctoral students, post-doctoral researchers and junior faculty, being honored numerous times with faculty teaching awards.

He is a two-time graduate of West Virginia University, earning an undergraduate degree in biology in 1981 and a medical degree in 1985.

Prior to his appointment to the WVU leadership team in 2014, he served as senior associate vice president, chief innovation officer and the leader in personalized medicine at The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center.  Dr. Marsh served as both vice dean for research and vice dean for Innovation in the College of Medicine, where he founded the IDEA Studio in healthcare application and design.

Dr. Marsh serves on several national scientific advisory committees and on the scientific advisory committee for Caris Life Sciences. He is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians and an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation.

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