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First HMS dean for external education named

David Roberts<br/>Photo: Steve Lipofsky

David Roberts ’95, an HMS associate professor of medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, has been named the School’s first dean for external education, a new leadership appointment at HMS. Roberts began serving in his new role in March and will complete the transition on July 1.

In his new role, Roberts will define and implement a strategic vision that will advance the School’s educational goals worldwide and guide its initiative to produce a range of educational programs that incorporate the latest technologies.

He will also work to build partnerships with academic and research constituents such as Quad-based departments, Harvard University, Harvard Catalyst, and HarvardX, the University’s online education program. Roberts’s areas of oversight will also include Harvard Health Publications and the Department of Continuing Medical Education.

“In this new position, David will be a core member of my educational and broader leadership teams,” says Jeffrey S. Flier, HMS dean. “He will work collaboratively with other HMS leaders and faculty to build infrastructure and programs, bringing our educational expertise to new and expanded categories of learners, both locally and around the globe.”

Roberts currently serves at Beth Israel Deaconess as the associate director of the Carl J. Shapiro Institute for Education and Research, as director of the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education, and as director of the Academy of Medical Educators. He has led both the HMS preclinical courses and the Beth Israel Deaconess Principal Clinical Experience, and has received numerous teaching awards, including the respected HMS Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching.


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