Dr. S. Barry Issenberg Named Senior Associate Dean for Research in Medical Education

A long-time leader in health care training and simulation technology, S. Barry Issenberg, M.D., the Michael S. Gordon Professor of Medicine and Medical Education, has been promoted to Senior Associate Dean for Research in Medical Education at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He will continue to serve as Director of the Michael S. Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education.

“Barry Issenberg is an innovative thinker who will continue to bring novel and exciting ideas and insights to our medical education program,” said Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Dean of the Miller School of Medicine. “He is a champion of assessing competence at all levels of health care, from students to staff and faculty, and his work has been published in the best journals and embraced worldwide.”

With his focus on research in medical education, Issenberg will join the educational leadership team of Joan E. St. Onge, M.D., Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, and Alex J. Mechaber, M.D., Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education, under the direction of Laurence B. Gardner, M.D., Executive Dean for Education and Policy.

“Institutionalizing our leadership roles allows us to keep our education and training programs in alignment,” said Issenberg. “Coordinating our educational resources also allows us to accelerate the flow of creative ideas into our current program as we plan for the future. Our goal is to continue to train physicians to deliver compassionate, quality patient care, enhanced by changes in technology.”

Issenberg added that all three senior associate deans serve on the task force planning the Miller School’s new medical education building. “Along with focusing on the design, layout and infrastructure, we are identifying new opportunities to keep our program on the leading edge of medical education in the 21st century.”

Gardner said Issenberg has achieved international recognition for the Gordon Center’s use of simulation technology for the instruction and assessment of health care providers’ skills.

“Barry has also made invaluable contributions to the Miller School’s educational program for residents, postgraduate students and medical students, who rotate through the Gordon Center during their training,” he said.

Gardner added that Issenberg and his team will continue to work with first-responder training and education, including support for the U.S. Army’s field surgery teams.

“He will enhance the center’s role as a resource for international programs in medical education,” Gardner said.

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