Dr. Frederick C. de Beer, a University of Kentucky faculty member and chair of the Department of Internal Medicine, has been named dean of the College of Medicine effective July 1.
UK Provost Kumble Subbaswamy and UK Executive Vice President for Health Affairs Dr. Michael Karpf made the announcement on Thursday.
Subbaswamy said that after a national search, "We concluded that Dr. de Beer best fit the needs of our College of Medicine."
De Beer said that Kentucky citizens "deserve a truly great medical center that meets their most complex health care needs."
De Beer will also hold the title of vice president for clinical academic affairs.
The appointment is pending UK Board of Trustees approval.
The UK medical college's last permanent dean, Dr. Jay Perman, resigned in February 2010, to become president of the University of Maryland-Baltimore, which contains schools of health, human services and law.
The medical school's former dean, Dr. Emery Wilson, has served as interim dean of the college since Perman left.
De Beer received his medical degree from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, with postgraduate education at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School in London. Before coming to the United States in 1989, he was a professor of medicine at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.