Mayhan, Ph.D., an Omaha, Nebraska native, received his B.S. degree from Creighton University and his doctorate from the University of Nebraska. He completed his post-doctoral training at the University of Iowa and subsequently joined the faculty there. Mayhan returned to the University of Nebraska Medical Center's Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology in 1989, rising to become full professor and vice-chair. He received the Outstanding Research and Creative Activity award from UNMC, which is the highest award given to a faculty member within the University of Nebraska system.

Mayhan comes to USD from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, where he was head of the Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy. He has received continuous research support from the National Institutes of Health since 1983, and he has served on study sections for various organizations, including the American Heart Association, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and editorial comments.

“Dr. Mayhan is an outstanding scientist who has the personal and professional attributes we look for in a colleague and leader. We enthusiastically look forward to having him join us," said Dr. Mary Nettleman, dean of the USD medical school.

Mayhan will take over in March for Ronald Lindahl, who is retiring in December after leading the division since its founding. Steve Waller will serve as interim dean.

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