Luke Roller, a professor with UND’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences, has been named associate dean of the school’s Southwest Campus in Bismarck.

Roller is taking the position of the recently-retired A. Michael Booth, who was associate dean in Bismarck for more than two decades. In taking the new position, Roller is vacating his current position of chair of the SMHS department of radiology, and Dinesh Bande, chair of the school’s department of internal medicine, has agreed to serve as interim chair of the department of radiology until the position is filled.

“I love North Dakota, I love Bismarck, and I love being a doctor,” said Roller. “I am eager to bring my enthusiasm and expertise to the development of medical students in this region. I am humbled to succeed but definitely not replace Dr. Mike Booth. He has been a pillar of the Bismarck community for 30 years. On behalf of the people of Bismarck and western North Dakota, I thank him for his service.”

Roller is certified by the American Board of Radiology and is a member of the American College of Radiology, Radiological Society of North America, and Society of Interventional Radiology.

Booth started as a clinical instructor in the SMHS department of surgery 32 in 1989, the year he moved to Bismarck. He joined the Heart and Lung Clinic in Bismarck that year, which is now part of CHI St. Alexius Health. He practices cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, with special interests in cardiac pacemakers and devices and endovascular surgery.

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“I am delighted to welcome Dr. Roller into this important leadership position,” said Joshua Wynne, vice president for health affairs at UND and dean of the UND SMHS. “And I thank Dr. Booth for his years of service to the School and state.”

The SMHS is conducting an internal search for a new radiology chair, effective immediately. Interested candidates should contact Heather Jensen at the school, for information on how to apply for the position.