October 30, 2017
Precision Health at the University of Michigan has named Rachel Dawson as managing director. Her appointment began Monday.
Dawson comes to U-M from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, where she has served as assistant dean of career services for the past year.
The recently announced Precision Health initiative will promote multidisciplinary collaboration among faculty across the university. Precision Health uses advanced tools and technology to discover the genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors that influence a population's health and provides personalized solutions that allow individuals to improve their health and wellness.
Prior to her role at Indiana University, Dawson was director of professional development at Faegre Baker Daniels, where she directed lawyer training and development programs.
She brings more than eight years of operations and talent management experience, leading operations staff, developing teams, and representing organizations with employers and donors.
Dawson earned her bachelor's degree from U-M and a law degree from Indiana University.
"I am honored to be returning to my alma mater to provide the operational support needed to harness the wealth of talent at the University of Michigan in this significant collaborative effort that will ultimately improve and enhance health and wellness on the clinical level," Dawson says.
Dawson will work closely with the Precision Health co-directors Goncalo Abecasis of the School of Public Health, Sachin Kheterpal of the Medical School and Eric Michielssen of the College of Engineering to refine and implement the strategic plan and vision. She will play a key role in developing the infrastructure and resources that will be offered through the initiative.
She joins Tina Creguer, senior project manager for Precision Health, who came to the initiative in July after serving as managing director of the interdisciplinary U-M Injury Center for six years.