Massimo Pignatelli, MD, PhD, a distinguished pathologist and biomedical scientist, was recruited through an international search process to serve as founding dean of Nazarbayev University School of Medicine (NUSOM), which was formally established in January 2014 and will open with its first class of students in fall 2015. Before coming to NUSOM in November 2013, Dr. Pignatelli was at the University of Glasgow School of Medicine, where he served as international lead in the College of Medical, Veterinary, and Life Sciences and head of the School of Medicine, which includes the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, and Nursing and Health Care. He also held the St. Mungo-Notman Chair as head of pathology. Dr. Pignatelli joined the University of Glasgow in 2011 following an academic career at Imperial College, London as senior lecturer/reader in pathology and at the University of Bristol, where he was professor of histopathology and head of clinical sciences. Dr. Pignatelli earned his MD summa cum laude from the University of Bologna, Italy, and his PhD from University College, London. He is a noted and well-published physician-scientist whose research focuses on epithelial adhesion molecules and, particularly, on their exploitation as biomarkers for tissue diagnosis, prognosis, and response to treatment.