Developing Strong Leadership

DEAN OF THE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Captain Eric Elster, Medical Corps, U.S. Navy 

The Dean is the Chief Academic Officer of the School of Medicine and is responsible for the curriculum of the School’s degree programs. The Dean assures the appropriate faculty are on hand to provide a world class education. The Dean also helps guide the research portfolio of the School to assure that military relevant research areas are advanced by the faculty. The Dean also fosters a safe productive environment for student and faculty development.

 

SENIOR ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS

Brian V. Reamy, MD, Col (Ret), USAF, MC

The Office of Academic Affairs plays a key role in guiding the school's medical education programs, substantially shapes our approach to LCME accreditation, and ensures USU graduates physician-leaders of the highest caliber for the Military Health System and the Public Health Service.

ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR MEDICAL EDUCATION

Catherine Takacs Witkop, MD, MPH, Col (Ret), USAF, MC

The Associate Dean for Medical Education oversees the process of programmatic evaluation for the SoM and in doing so, maintains familiarity with the standards and policies of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the Middles States Commission on Higher Education. They also coordinate institutional self-studies and completes the recurring and/or interim reports needed to maintain institutional and programmatic accreditation.

ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS

Pamela M. Williams, MD, FAAFP, Col, USAF, MC

The Associate Dean for Student Affairs (ADSA) is responsible for supervising the quality of student life and, in an ombudsman role, is expected to understand and represent the student viewpoint whenever policy is made or needed. The ADSA, along with the ADCS, is responsible for the School of Medicine’s academic standard in the clinical sciences as well as the continued personal and professional growth and development of individual students throughout their clinical years. They serve on standing committees that directly affect students, including the Curriculum Committee, Student Promotions Committee, Awards Committee (Chairman), and Board of Review for Inter-service Transfers. They are also the Dean’s staff representative in national organizations that have student involvement, such as the Association of American Medical Colleges.

ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR FACULTY AFFAIRS

Jessica Servey, MD, MHPE, Col (Ret), USAF, MC

The Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs serves as an advocate in the Dean's Office for all of the faculty of the School of Medicine. They oversee appointments and promotions within the School of Medicine.  The Faculty Development Certificate Program and the Faculty Development Self-Service Site are led by them and open to all educators teaching within the Military Health System promoting professional development for academic roles. They serve as a faculty advisor and work to promote an academic environment that supports, enhances, and rewards the activities of all SOM faculty whether located on campus, throughout the United States, or around the world.  

ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR CURRICULUM

Arnyce R. Pock, MD, Col (Ret), USAF, MC

The Associate Dean for Curriculum manages the day-to-day implementation of the School of Medicine’s Molecules to Military Medicine curriculum. In addition, they work closely with the School of Medicine’s Executive Curriculum Committee to ensure that the curriculum provides graduating students with an exemplary medical education, while simultaneously training students for careers in military medicine and advanced leadership positions.

ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR GRADUATE EDUCATION

Saibel Dey, PhD

The Associate Dean for Graduate Education oversees the graduate programs within the School of Medicine, preparing students for productive and rewarding careers in many areas of the biomedical sciences and public health and maintaining a commitment to excellence in the didactic and research training of masters and doctoral degree students.

ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION

Jerri Curtis, MD, CAPT, MC, USN (Ret)

The Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education acts as liaison to the National Capital Consortium, ensuring that Consortium-sponsored programs comply with ACGME program requirements and instilling in students the ethical values and standards expected of those devoting their lives to public service.

ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR RECRUITMENT & ADMISSIONS

Robert Liotta, MD, CAPT, MC, USN

Recruitment: recruitment@usuhs.edu
Admissions: admissions@usuhs.edu

The Associate Dean for Recruitment & Admissions manages the gateway to military medicine for one-fifth of the future active component physicians. The Office of Recruitment and Admissions is comprised of two divisions working together to achieve the mission. The Recruitment Division actively cultivates prospective student interest through engagements at colleges and universities, via traditional and social media, and by leveraging networks and collaborating with partners, including the medical recruiting branches of each service. The Admissions Division enables applications to the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine and manages the admissions process. Admissions counselors are available to answer applicant questions by phone (800) 772-1743 or email.

ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR RESEARCH

Wanda Salzer, MD, Col, USAF, MC

The School of Medicine faculty engage in important military centered biomedical research across specialties. The Associate Dean for Research for the School of Medicine mentors junior researchers, facilitates research processes and investigates new opportunities.

ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR SIMULATION EDUCATION

Joseph Lopreiato, MD, CAPT, MC, USN (Ret.)

The Associate Dean for Simulation Education oversees the Val G. Hemming Simulation Center, a world leader in the development and application of medical simulation programs. Each year this center delivers over 38,000 hours of interactive instruction using simulated patients (SPs), human patient simulators (mannequins), task trainers and virtual reality to medical students, graduate nursing students, physicians, and allied health personnel.

ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION

Patcho Santiago, MD, MPH, CDR, MC, USN

The Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion ensures that the School of Medicine reflects our nation’s diversity and works to prepare students to care for our diverse patient population, lead in complex cultural environments, and adapt to our nation’s future needs.

ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR ASSESSMENT AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Lisa Moores, MD, COL, MC, USA (Ret.)

The Associate Dean for Assessment and Professional Development directs student assessment across all courses, modules, and clerkships in the School of Medicine, programmatic evaluation for each curricular component, and the longitudinal program of clinical skills. The Associate Dean creates, organizes, conducts and analyzes a comprehensive and innovative program of student assessment, programmatic evaluation, and remediation.  She also provides direct career development services to the medical and graduate students of the School of Medicine. This service is designed to optimize student wellness and to assist students in developing individual career plans. She coordinates and synchronizes these efforts with both the Associate Dean for Graduate Education and the Associate Dean for Student Affairs.

ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR CLINICAL AFFAIRS

ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR REGIONAL EDUCATION AND ACADEMIC SUPPORT, SAN DIEGO

Natalie Burman, CAPT, MC, USN

The Associate Dean for Regional Education and Academic Support is responsible for the overall management, planning, coordination, and administration of the School of Medicine’s medical education and faculty development programs in the region’s Military Treatment Facilities. She is a resource for local mentoring support for the students and faculty.  She provides technical consultation and support on assigned medical education programs and activities to the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Dean of the School of Medicine.

ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR REGIONAL EDUCATION AND ACADEMIC SUPPORT, SAN ANTONIO

Aaron Saguil, MD, COL, MC, USA

The Associate Dean for Regional Education and Academic Support, San Antonio, is responsible for the overall management, planning, coordination, and administration of the School of Medicine’s medical education and faculty development programs in the region’s Military Treatment Facilities. He is a resource for local mentoring support for the students and faculty.  He provides technical consultation and support on assigned medical education programs and activities to the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Dean of the School of Medicine.

ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR REGIONAL EDUCATION AND ACADEMIC SUPPORT, PORTSMOUTH

Andrew Thagard, MD, LtCol, USAF, MC

The Associate Dean for Regional Education and Academic Support, Portsmouth, is responsible for the overall management, planning, coordination, and administration of the School of Medicine’s medical education and faculty development programs in the region’s Military Treatment Facilities. He is a resource for local mentoring support for the students and faculty.  He provides technical consultation and support on assigned medical education programs and activities to the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Dean of the School of Medicine.

COMMANDANT

The Office of the Commandant provides military leadership, teaches and instills officership, and supports medical education and professional development so that each student achieves the goal of becoming a world class military physician.

The Commandant team helps students understand the expectations and benefits of their respective service. If students ever have questions about healthcare, housing allowance, career development, or any other service-related issue, the Commandant team will have the answer.

COMMANDANT, SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Catherine Kimball-Eayrs

Catherine Kimball-Eayrs, MD, FAAP, IBCLC, COL, MC, USA

The Commandant is the officer-in-charge of all military students assigned to the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine. They report to the Brigade Commander and serves as the military advisor to the Dean of SoM. The Commandant is the Deputy Brigade Commander and Advisor to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. They provide student resources for service-specific military career counseling and officer professional development; model, stimulate, and foster professional leadership and officership; direct service-specific mandated programs such as physical fitness, weight control, drug testing, officer professional development, and equal opportunity; and serve as a facilitator for military administrative requirements.

With the support of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Public Health Service Company Commanders, the Commandant exercises command and control over the medical and graduate students assigned to the university.

 

COMPANY COMMANDERS

The Company Commanders serve as military professional role models and are responsible for medical students’ Officer Professional Development, welfare, morale, and readiness. They supervise and manage all administrative aspects of the company, including: officer evaluations, conduct and appearance, physical fitness testing, weight management, financial management, career development counseling, and drug and alcohol testing. The Company Commanders also faculty members in the Department of Military and Emergency Medicine, which entails assisting in the instruction of courses in basic field medical skills and combat medical skills. Each Company Commander serves as an advisor to the Commandant on all matters pertaining to the professional development of all student officers in all the branches of service represented at USU.

Army Company Commander

CPT Matthew Brim, MS, USA

Navy Company Commander

LT Eyob Hawaz, MSC, USN

Air Force Company Commander

Lt Col Zackery Groover, USAF, BSC

USPHS Company Commander

CDR Witzard Seide, USPHS 

GEO Company Commander

LT Garrett Morgan, MSC, USN

ENLISTED ADVISORS

The Company Enlisted Advisors assist their Company Commanders in all matters relating to the professional development of the medical students. This includes conducting formations and inspections, providing guidance to students on their respective Company policies, instructions and regulations, and providing a positive example of the credibility and capabilities of the NCO Corps. Additionally, they take an active role in preparing students for field exercises.

Army Company Enlisted Advisor

SFC Scott Dickerson, USA

Navy Company and PHS Company Enlisted Advisor

HM1 Christie Prass, USN

Air Force Squadron Enlisted Advisor

MSgt Bryan Konisiewicz, USAF

GEO Senior Enlisted Advisor

MSgt Season Hurley, USAF