Two Miller School Faculty Members Appointed as Assistant Deans

To strengthen the Miller School’s central mission of educating the next generation of physicians, especially those equipped to improve public health, two faculty members have been promoted to two new key positions.

Robert W. Irwin, M.D., associate professor of rehabilitation medicine, has been named Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, and Julie Kornfeld, Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of epidemiology and public health and director of education for the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, has been named Assistant Dean for Public Health.

The Miller School’s growing student base, including the addition of its second class of M.D./M.P.H. dual-degree students, creates the need for an expanded student affairs office to provide critical support. Irwin will fill that role.

“As a core educator for the past six years at the Miller School, and a founding member of the Academy of Medical Educators, he understands the educational needs of our students, making him ideally suited for this new role,” Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., said. “His experience in teaching first- and second-year basic science courses involves problem-based learning and has prepared him to expand his mentoring and consulting with students.”

In his new position, Irwin will assist Ana E. Campo, M.D., Associate Dean for Student Affairs, in overseeing grades, discipline and promotions. He also will be responsible for writing letters summarizing the experiences of fourth-year students as they apply for residency programs nationwide.

In her new role, Kornfeld will integrate more public health into the traditional medical curriculum and assist in the development and administration of global health experiences for all students, including those who are pursuing traditional M.P.H. or M.D. degrees. Kornfeld also will continue in her role as director of education for the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health.

“The growth we have experienced in our four-year M.D./M.P.H. program is due, in no small part, to the work of Dr. Kornfeld, who will now be intimately involved in its ongoing development,” Dean Goldschmidt said.

“Realizing how important it is to advance our preparedness for 21st century medicine, we are excited to begin building a new cadre of public health physicians,” he added. “In their new roles Dr. Kornfeld and Dr. Irwin will enhance the medical education experience for all of our students, regardless of their professional goals.”

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