Clay Johnston is the inaugural Dean of the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also Professor of Neurology, specializing in stroke care and research. Clay arrived in Austin from the University of California, San Francisco, where he directed the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, overseeing the planning, development, and implementation of a $112-million, five-year, National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant award, the second largest among the 60-member national CTSA consortium. Working with a team of 300+ faculty and staff serving all four schools at UCSF, Clay positioned the Institute as a catalyst in efforts to accelerate research to improve health on campus and throughout the University of California system. He founded the Center for Healthcare Value at UCSF in order to engage faculty and trainees in lowering the costs of healthcare while improving quality. He was also instrumental in cultivating and securing partnerships with leading biotech companies, foundations, and private funders. After receiving his undergraduate education at Amherst College, he completed medical school at Harvard University. He later received a PhD in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley, and was a resident in Neurology at UCSF, where he later trained in Vascular Neurology.