Dr. Jarrell has been the Chief Academic and Research Officer (CARO), Senior Vice President and Dean of the Graduate School since April 1, 2012.
In 2008, he was named Executive Vice Dean at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Jarrell managed and directed both the educational and the research enterprises of the School of Medicine.
Dr. Jarrell is a gifted surgeon who specializes in kidney and liver transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery. He is an inspirational medical educator, who has been recognized with multiple teaching awards. As the vice dean for Academic Affairs, Dr. Jarrell has set a continued emphasis on professionalism and mentorship among the education priorities.
Dr. Jarrell came to the University of Maryland in 1997 as professor and chair of the Department of Surgery. He came from the College of Medicine, University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, where he had been professor and head of surgery. He also served as chair of the board of the medical college’s faculty practice plan.
Under Dr. Jarrell's leadership the Department of Surgery expanded its surgical programs and developed innovative research studies and clinical trials. The department was ranked 11th nationally in total research funding from the National Institutes of Health. The growth in surgical research was spurred by a tremendous increase in grants and contracts to the School of Medicine over the past decade. In his role as vice dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Jarrell hopes to achieve similar growth in educational research.
From 1984 to 1989, Dr. Jarrell was professor of surgery at Jefferson Medical College, where he received his M.D. He was a resident of general surgery at the Medical College of Virginia and a fellow in renal transplantation at McGuire VA Hospital in Virginia. Dr. Jarrell has written a number of books, including the popular textbook NMS Surgery and the new NMS Surgery Casebook. In 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2003, he received the student council faculty teaching award from students at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. In 2002, Dr. Jarrell received the "Golden Apple" award for best clinical faculty member. He also received numerous teaching awards at the University of Arizona, including the clinical science educator award and outstanding teacher in the clinical science award.