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Frank Cerra

Dr Cerra received his education at Northwestern University Medical School with residency training at SUNY Buffalo. He moved to the University of Minnesota in 1981. His medical career developed as a trauma/critical care surgeon and education with a large research program. He has over 350 peer reviewed publications in the areas of basic research in liver cell metabolism, translational research in the nutritional/metabolic support of the critically ill and injured, and in interprofessional education.

He entered academic administration as department head in surgery, then dean of the medical school and spent 15 years as the senior vice president for health sciences and services at the University of Minnesota. He stepped out of that job in 2011 and is working part time as the senior advisor to the National Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice.

Nancy Dickey

After nearly 12 years of service as president of the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) and vice chancellor for health affairs for The Texas A&M University System (January 2002 through October 2012), Dr. Nancy W. Dickey returned to the College of Medicine where she serves a number of roles both academic and administrative. During her tenure, the health science center grew the number of programs and number of graduates, expanded its research programs, and extended its service to the citizens of Texas.

Currently, she serves as executive director of the Rural and Community Health Institute working with physicians and hospitals across the state of Texas to facilitate best practices in patient safety, enhanced quality of care, and physician excellence and demonstrating the importance of translation of sound policy and evidence based medicine across the spectrum of practice sites and care delivery. Since January 2015, she has been the Interim Chair of the Department of Clinical Translational Medicine.

Other roles at A&M include service as interim dean of the TAMHSC-College of Medicine (June 2000 until Dec. 31, 2001) and founding director of the TAMU Family Medicine Residency. Dickey was the first woman elected president of the American Medical Association. She is the recipient of numerous awards: Institute of Medicine (2007), Texas’s Women’s Hall of Fame (2010), and six honorary doctorate degrees.

Edward Hillhouse

Dr. Hillhouse is a consultant endocrinologist with special expertise in metabolic bone disease and pituitary disorders. An internationally recognised clinical scientist, his most influential work has been in defining the molecular mechanisms underlying the role of stress in health and disease. He has extensive experience in translational clinical research and clinical research trials.

He previously held the post Professor of Medicine at the University of Leeds where he served as Dean of the School of Medicine, Faculty Dean of Medicine and Health and Dean for International Development. Under his leadership, the Faculty of Medicine at Leeds was transformed with a new vision and strategy that led to the creation of several major interdisciplinary research institutes. Professor Hillhouse also established the Medical Research Institute at the University of Warwick and helped lead the successful bid to establish a graduate school of medicine at Warwick. He is a founding member and Consulting Director of the International Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHCI) and is passionate about the role of academic health centers as vehicles for innovation and health improvement.

Arthur Rubenstein

Dr. Arthur H. Rubenstein is Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology at the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Previously, Dr. Rubenstein was the Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System and Dean of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine from September 2001 to July 2011. Together, these entities make up Penn Medicine, an enterprise dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care.

Before joining Penn, Dr. Rubenstein served for four years as Dean of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Gustave L. Levy Distinguished Professor. Earlier, he was the Lowell T. Coggeshall Distinguished Service Professor of Medical Sciences and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

Dr. Rubenstein is an internationally-prominent endocrinologist recognized for clinical expertise and groundbreaking research in diabetes. Well-known for his inspired teaching, Dr. Rubenstein has served in numerous professional leadership positions during his career.

Larry J. Shapiro

Larry J. Shapiro, MD, led the Washington University School of Medicine for 12 years as Executive Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs and Dean from July, 2003 to December, 2015. He continues to serve on the faculty of the School of Medicine as the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Distinguished University Professor.

Dr. Shapiro led a period of tremendous growth at the School of Medicine which included the expansion and development of its research programs with federal research dollars for cutting-edge biomedical and translational research. He also implemented BioMed21, an initiative to rapidly bring research advances to the patient’s bedside. With the addition of the BJC Institute of Health at Washington University School of Medicine, he fostered a more collaborative, interdisciplinary environment. In addition, he facilitated the development of academic-industry partnership which led to significant growth in life sciences companies in St. Louis. Working closely with BJC HealthCare, the Washington University clinical enterprise experienced a substantial increase in scale and quality with notable enhancement of programs in Neuroscience and the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center. Furthermore, the School of Medicine continued to be among the most highly ranked in the US and attracts the most accomplished students in America.

Peter Smith

Peter Smith is Emeritus Professor of Medicine at The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He specialised in pediatric clinical oncology and research following study in Australia, USA and Germany. He has held senior hospital management posts in Brisbane and Melbourne and senior academic appointments at the Universities of Queensland and Melbourne and was Dean of Medicine at Universities of Auckland, NZ, and New South Wales, Australia. Professor Smith is currently a Director of St Vincent’s Health Australia, a national hospital group, and is Chair of the Board’s Safety and Quality Committee. He has served as a Director on the Boards of a number of Research Institutes. He is Immediate Past President, Medical Deans ANZ, the peak body representing Australian and New Zealand Medical Schools.

Sarita Verma

Dr. Sarita Verma is a Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, and until January 2016, Associate Vice-Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions and Special Advisor to the Dean of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Formerly the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medicine (2008-2015) and Associate Vice-Provost, Health Professions Education (2010-2015), she is a family physician who originally trained as a lawyer at the University of Ottawa (1981) and later completed her medical degree at McMaster University (1991).

She has been a Diplomat in Canada’s Foreign Service and worked with UNHCR in Sudan and Ethiopia for several years. Dr. Verma is the 2006 recipient of the Donald Richards Wilson Award in medical education from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the 2009 co-recipient of the May Cohen Gender Equity Award from the Association of Faculties of Medicine in Canada. Along with colleagues at McGill University, University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto, she was one of the lead consultants for the Future of Medical Education in Canada Postgraduate project. For six years she held the position of Governor at the University of Toronto, and has been a board member of several hospitals. As a former board member and the Chair of the Canadian Residency Matching Service, Dr. Verma is a highly sought-after visionary and scholar. From 2011 to 2015, she was the Co-lead for the Canadian Interprofessional Health Leadership Collaborative (CIHLC) at the Institute of Medicine’s Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professions Education and is a key member of the Association of Academic Health Centers International Steering Committee. She has an unparalleled successful track record in academia, law and governance in Canada.

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