SAN DIEGO -- Officials say a dean at the University of California, San Diego who was about to start a new position as a chief executive at the University of Southern California has died while on vacation in Africa.

Debra Kain, spokeswoman for UC San Diego Health Sciences, said in a statement Sunday that 58-year-old Thomas McAfee died while vacationing in Tanzania. She gave no further details on the accident, it timing or the cause of death.

McAfee served as dean of clinical affairs at UC San Diego, where he had arrived in 2002 from UC San Francisco to serve as physician in chief.

On Tuesday he was to have begun as CEO of the newly formed Keck Medicine of USC Medical Foundation.

According to a press release announcing his new job, McAfee also previously served as associate chief medical officer and faculty member at the University of California, San Francisco, vice president of UC-Stanford Health Care, and executive vice president of the Brown and Toland Medical Group.



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