David Wilkes, M.D.
David S. Wilkes, M.D. is an independent director who joined our Board in June 2021 and is a member of the Compensation and Management Development Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Dr. Wilkes has served as Dean Emeritus at the University of Virginia School of Medicine since 2021. Dr. Wilkes previously served as dean and as the James Carroll Flippin Professor of Medical Science at the University of Virginia School of Medicine from 2015 to 2021. Before that, he served in positions of increasing responsibility at Indiana University School of Medicine, including as the Executive Associate Dean for Research Affairs and as the August M. Watanabe Professor of Medical Research between 2009 and 2015. Dr. Wilkes is the co-founder and member of the board of directors of ImmuneWorks Inc., a biotechnology start-up company, and has served as its Chief Scientific Officer since 2006. Since 2013, he has served as the National Director of the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This program seeks to increase underrepresented minority physician-scientists, dentist scientists and nurse scientists at leading academic medical centers in the United States. In 2020, he was elected to the National Academy of Medicine.
Dr. Wilkes currently serves on the board of directors of Baxter International Inc. (NYSE: BAX), a leading global medical products company, where he serves on the Quality, Compliance and Technology Committee. Dr. Wilkes also serves as an advisory board member for DevPro Biopharma, LLC, a clinical research and development accelerator; Cartesian Therapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company; and Magnolia Therapeutics, LLC. He also serves as a member of the board of trustees of Villanova University, and the board of visitors of the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. He received his bachelor's degree in biology from Villanova University, his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine, and conducted his residency at Temple University Hospital. Dr. Wilkes completed a post-doctoral fellowship in pulmonary and critical care at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Wilkes is a military veteran, having served three years as a major in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps where he as awarded a Commendation Medal for meritorious service.