Connections: Walton medical school hires assistant dean

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The Alice L. Walton School of Medicine in Bentonville (AWSOM) has hired Ken Hopper as assistant dean for health systems science education.

Hopper’s medical career spans 30 years serving in various leadership roles. Most recently, he worked as physical development coach for the Burnett School of Medicine at Texas Christian University. He also served as chief medical officer for Humana’s behavioral health division.

Hopper spent the bulk of his career in Texas but is relocating to Northwest Arkansas.

First announced in March 2021, AWSOM is a standalone sister organization of Bentonville nonprofit Whole Health Institute, created in 2020 by Walmart Inc. heiress and philanthropist Alice Walton.

Pending accreditation, AWSOM will welcome its first class of students in 2025.

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