Kern Wildenthal took his Cambridge doctorate in cell physiology in 1970, returning for postdoctoral study as a Guggenheim Fellow in 1975. He was elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation in recognition of his research on cardiac function.
In 1980 he became Dean of the Medical School at UT Southwestern in Dallas, Texas, the youngest Dean of any American medical School. Having served from 1986 until his retirement in 2008 as President of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, which grew under his leadership to become one of the largest and best endowed medical schools in the world, and where he holds an honorary appointment as President Emeritus. Dr Wildenthal then became President of the Southwestern Medical Foundation and is now President of Childrenâs Medical Foundation, Dallas.
Dr Wildenthal is an active supporter of a range of cultural projects in Dallas, including the Opera, the Symphony Orchestra and the Museum of Art. He serves on the Board of Cambridge in America.
Dr Kern Wildenthal was elected to an Honorary Fellowship of Hughes Hall in 1984.