Educational Leadership Office of Academic Affairs Educational Leadership Majka B. Woods, PhD Vice Dean, Academic Affairs Close Majka B. Woods, PhD Vice Dean, Academic Affairsmajwoods@utmb.edu Dr. Woods joined UTMB in 2015 and currently serves as the Vice Dean, Academic Affairs in the John Sealy School of Medicine. Over the course of her UTMB tenure, she has helped expand and support faculty development efforts related to the high delivery of quality medical education and collaborated with other schools to develop robust and consistent education systems.Dr. Woods has multiple peer-reviewed publications and holds several professional memberships, including the Society for Directors of Research in Medical Education. In addition, she sits on the board of trustees for two schools and continues to donate her time and energy to multiple service organizations in Galveston.Dr. Woods earned her PhD in educational psychology from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She also holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in education from Baylor. Prior to entering the medical education arena, she had an active teaching career that spanned from public school to undergraduate education and graduate education.Dr. Woods began her medical education career at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where she worked with the Office of Educational Development and the Graduate Medical Education programs. She later moved to the University of Minnesota Medical School, where she became the Assistant Dean of Assessment, Curriculum and Evaluation, and Director of Medical Educator Development and Scholarship. During that time, she gained valuable experience in curriculum redesign, accreditation processes, grant preparation, educational research, interprofessional education and faculty development. Jeffrey L. Susman, MD Sr. Associate Dean, Educational Performance, Academic Affairs Close Jeffrey L. Susman, MD Sr. Associate Dean, Educational Performance, Academic Affairsjlsusman@utmb.edu Dr. Susman joined UTMB as Senior Associate Dean for Educational Performance in the JSSOM in February 2022 and has an impressive history of leadership in academic medicine.He began his medical career as a rural clinician in Wahoo, Nebraska. He then joined the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), where he became Vice Chair of Family Medicine, Associate Dean for Primary Care and Faculty Development, and led UNMC’s primary care clinician group. In 2000, he became Chair of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Cincinnati. He was a board member of the health system, chair of the physicians’ organization, and secretary of the physician-hospital organization. He was an ACE Fellow at the University of Colorado.Dr. Susman became Dean at the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) College of Medicine in 2010. During his tenure, he oversaw the development of multiple new research and educational facilities while more than doubling NEOMED’s NIH funding. He established a campus in Cleveland in collaboration with Cleveland State University devoted to the recruitment and success of underrepresented minorities. As Chair of the Council of Deans, he oversaw a new health and wellness center, development of a medical practice, the simulation center, and interactions across the state. He also chaired the Ohio Council of Medical Deans.His research interests include primary care mental health, rural health delivery, workforce development, and implementation research. He has received funding from NIH, AHRQ, CDC, RWJ and private foundations and state government. He served as Editor for the Journal of Family Practice, Editor of the AAFP Home Study Program, and has served on multiple national guideline and quality measurement efforts. Office of Student Affairs and Admissions Educational Leadership Ruth E. Levine, MD Associate Dean, Student Affairs & Admissions Close Ruth E. Levine, MD Associate Dean, Student Affairs & Admissionsrlevine@utmb.eduDr. Ruth E. Levine is the Clarence Ross Miller Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions for the UTMB John Sealy School of Medicine. She is best known for her work in Team-Based Learning and is currently the Associate Editor of the TBL collection in MedEdPORTAL, the journal of teaching resources administered by the AAMC. She has published numerous articles, book chapters, and other educational materials on Team-Based Learning, and has provided faculty development in TBL for teachers in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and other disciplines nationally and internationally. Dr. Levine has been the recipient of numerous honors including the American Psychiatric Association’s Roeske Award for Excellence in Medical Student Education, the University of Texas System Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award, ADMSEP’s Sierles award for Leadership and Excellence in Psychiatric Education and the AAMC Southern Group on Educational Affairs Career Educator Award. She was the inaugural director of UTMB’s Academy of Master Teachers and is a member of the University of Texas Shine Academy Of Health Science Educators. Dr. Levine grew up in Galveston, received her MD from UTMB, and completed an internship in Internal Medicine. She trained in Psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine where she also served as chief resident. She returned to UTMB in 1991 and joined the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. In addition to her responsibilities as a clinician and teacher, she has held many administrative roles at UTMB including Director of Undergraduate Education for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Assistant Dean for Educational Affairs, and Director of the Office of Clinical Education. Pierre W. Banks, EdD Assistant Dean, Admissions & Recruitment Close Pierre W. Banks, EdD Dr. Banks joined UTMB in 2019 and currently serves as the Assistant Dean, Admissions & Recruitment and John Sealy School of Medicine. Dr. Banks also has an appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, teaching implicit bias, health equity, and multiculturalism. During his tenure at UTMB, he has worked with students as a Senior Learning Specialist, led faculty development related to cultural competence, and chaired the school’s first curriculum committee anti-racist task force focused on inclusive curriculum and pedagogy. Dr. Banks has a wide variety of higher education experience, including academic advising, admissions, career counseling, orientation, international admissions, multicultural affairs, retention, student conduct, and student activities.Dr. Banks was born on the Southside of Chicago, IL, and grew up near Grand Rapids, MI. He is an alumnus of Central Michigan University, earning a BA in Organizational Communication with minors in Leadership and Dance. Dr. Banks completed a master’s in Education with an emphasis in College Student Affairs Leadership at Grand Valley State University. While working full-time as a Hall Director and Health Professional Advisor, he completed a Doctor of Education with an emphasis on Leadership Studies at Bowling Green State University. Before joining the faculty at UTMB, he served as an Instructor, Assistant Director of Admissions & Student Records, Director of Minority Male Success Programs, DEI Trainer, and Organizational Development Consultant. His research interests include generational differences, implicit bias, multicultural curriculum, and educational assessment. Dr. Banks is certified as Intergroup Dialogue Facilitator, QPR Suicide Prevention Trainer, and Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Qualified Administrator. Norma A. Pérez Raifaisen, MD, DrPH Assistant Dean, Student Affairs | Director, Special Programs Close Norma A. Pérez Raifaisen, MD, DrPH Assistant Dean, Student AffairsDirector, Special Programsnoaperez@utmb.edu Dr. Pérez Raifaisen, received her medical degree from the Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico and completed her residency training in PM&R at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico, and began her clinical service in Monterrey, Mexico. She then returned to Houston to complete her doctorate in public health at the University of Texas – Houston, School of Public Health, Houston. She is the Assistant Dean, Student Affairs, and an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine – Geriatrics. She has served in the Office of Student Affairs and Admissions since 2009, served in several academic committees, institutionalized the Hispanic Center of Excellence, created the Bilingual Health Scholarly Concentration, created the Clinical Conversational Spanish online course©, and has created several academic opportunities for the MD and PA program, residency programs at UTMB, and MD students at the Universidad de Monterrey. Dr. Pérez Raifaisen also serves in several national and international committees and is a co-founder of the National Association of Medical Spanish. M. Chandler Self, MD Assistant Dean, Academic Support & Career Counseling Close M. Chandler Self, MD Assistant Dean, Academic Support & Career Counseling email@example.com Dr. Self earned her medical degree at UTMB in 2011 and completed her psychiatry residency at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York, NY in 2015, serving a year as chief resident. Following her training, she worked as an attending physician in the Psychiatric Emergency Dept and as physician-in-charge in the Assertive Community Treatment Program, an evidence-based practice that improves outcomes for people with severe mental illness who are most at-risk of psychiatric crisis, hospitalization and involvement in the criminal justice system. She held a faculty appointment at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and served as Associate Residency Program Director. Dr. Self joined our faculty at UTMB in 2018 and has been heavily immersed in medical education. In addition to her clinical responsibilities, she has been course co-director for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and a supervisor and lecturer for numerous medical school courses. She has received several teaching awards including both the John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine’s Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award in 2020 and the Jimmy Doyle Dickens Memorial Faculty Award in 2022. Office of Educational Affairs Educational Leadership Ruth L. Bush, MD, JD, MPH, FACS Associate Dean, Educational Affairs Close Ruth L. Bush, MD, JD, MPH, FACS Associate Dean, Educational Affairsrubush@utmb.eduDr. Ruth L. Bush is a professor of surgery and medical educator, currently serving as the Associate Dean for Educational Affairs in the John Sealy School of Medicine. Prior to joining UTMB, she has held academic leadership roles at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas A&M College of Medicine, and most recently, was founding Associate Dean for Medical Education at the University of Houston College of Medicine. Dr. Bush is board-certified in vascular and general surgery and has maintained a clinical practice specializing in venous disorders. She is a member of several professional organizations and was elected in 2018 to the American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Surgeon Educators as well as awarded distinguished fellow status from both the Society for Vascular Surgery and the American Venous Forum. Dr. Bush is a past president of the Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Society. Dr. Bush earned her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, medical degree from University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Juris Doctorate from William Taft Law School, and master's in public health from the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. She has authored over 150 peer-reviewed articles, >35 book chapters, and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Vascular Surgery-Venous and Lymphatics. Era Buck, PhD Assistant Dean, Educational Development Close Era Buck, PhD Assistant Dean, Educational Developmenterbuck@utmb.edu Dr. Buck is director of the Office Educational Development and an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at UTMB. She completed a BS in Education at the University of Texas at Austin and received her MA and PhD in social psychology from the University of Houston. During twenty years in undergraduate and graduate medical education, her work has focused on faculty development, program evaluation, and educational research. She is a UT Distinguished Teaching Professor, a member of the Academy of Master Teachers and the Shine Academy of Health Science Education. She has been engaged in research in the areas of professional identity formation and humanism in medical education. At UTMB, she serves as chair of the Education Research Committee for the John Sealy School of Medicine, Associate director of the Physician Healer Track and enjoys serving as director for the Scholars in Education program. Within the broader medical education community, she is as an associate editor for Medical Education Online and reviews for numerous conferences and journals in medical education. Lisa A. Elferink, PhD Assistant Dean, Educational Affairs | Director, Instruction Management Office Close Lisa A. Elferink, PhD Assistant Dean, Educational AffairsDirector, Instruction Management Officelaelferi@utmb.edu Dr. Lisa Elferink received her PhD in Biochemistry from Adelaide University, Australia in 1988. She completed her postdoctoral training at Stanford University in 1993, at which time she was recruited to Wayne State University, Michigan as an Assistant Professor. She joined the UTMB faculty in the now Department of Neuroscience, Cell Biology and Anatomy in 2001, and assumed the role of Vice-Chair in 2008. She has significant teaching expertise with a wide range of learners including undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and medical students. In 2015, she accepted the appointment of Assistant Dean for Educational Affairs and Director of the Instruction Management Office. She oversees years 1 and 2 of the medical school curriculum with interests in curriculum development and assessment. Misha Syed, MD, MEHP Assistant Dean, Educational Affairs | Director, Office of Clinical Education Close Misha Syed, MD, MEHP Assistant Dean, Educational AffairsDirector, Office of Clinical Educationmfsyed@utmb.eduDr. Misha Syed completed her undergraduate studies at The University of Texas at Austin in 1997, and then attended Baylor College of Medicine where she earned her M.D. degree in 2001. She completed her internship at Brackenridge Hospital / Seton Medical Center in 2002 and joined Kresge Eye Institute / Wayne State University School of Medicine from 2002-2005 as a resident physician in Ophthalmology. Dr. Syed pursued fellowship training in Glaucoma at The University of Texas-Houston (McGovern) Medical School / Cizik Eye Center after completion of residency, obtaining her fellowship certification in 2006. Dr. Syed became a faculty member at The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston in 2006 and has been on the faculty at UTMB since then. She began as an Assistant Professor and has most recently been promoted to the rank of Professor (2020). During her time at UTMB, Dr. Syed decided to pursue a Master of Education in the Health Professions (MEHP) degree from the Johns Hopkins University and was awarded this degree in 2016. For her significant contributions to her field as well as to UTMB, Dr. Syed was awarded tenure in 2022. Dr. Syed has been active in various roles clinically and in the education realm as a UTMB faculty member, serving on over twenty committees locally and regionally, and over ten national committees. She has served as the residency program director for Ophthalmology since 2011. Her most recent leadership roles include being elected to the national Program Directors Council for Ophthalmology and co-founding Women Professors of Ophthalmology (WPO), an organization devoted to mentoring women in academic ophthalmology nationwide. Dr. Syed is also active in the community, serving on the Prevent Blindness Texas (PBT) Board of Directors since 2018 and recently elected Chair of the PBT Board of Directors for 2022-23. Dr. Syed serves as the current President of the Houston Ophthalmological Society as well. Dr. Syed became Assistant Dean for Clinical Education in the Office of Educational Affairs in June 2022 and looks forward to continuing her work as a clinician-educator in this new capacity at the UTMB John Sealy School of Medicine. Karen Szauter, MD Assistant Dean, Educational Affairs Close Karen Szauter, MD Assistant Dean, Educational Affairs firstname.lastname@example.org Dr. Szauter received her MD degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine, and fellowships in Gastroenterology and Nutrition. She is an assistant dean in Educational Affairs. She is also Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine/Gastroenterology and Co-director of the Internal Medicine year-3 Clerkship. Dr. Szauter is involved in teaching and assessment of medical students. She is interested in scholarly work related to education and works with the Scholars in Education faculty development program. Physician Assistant Studies Educational Leadership Robert J. Philpot, Jr., PhD, PA-C Professor of Instruction & Chair | Physician Assistant Studies Close Robert J. Philpot, Jr., PhD, PA-C Professor of Instruction & ChairPhysician Assistant Studiesrophilpo@utmb.eduBob Philpot, PhD, PA-C is the Chairman of the Department of PA Studies in the UTMB John Sealy School of Medicine. His 26-year military career began as a medic in a helicopter ambulance unit stationed in Hawaii. After his first enlistment, Bob received a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Sciences from Belhaven College in Jackson, Mississippi. In 1991 he earned a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Troy State University at Dothan. Dr. Philpot Earned a Master of Medical Science degree from the Emory University School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program in 1994 as a National Health Service Corps Scholar. He was subsequently assigned to a rural health clinic in Parrish, Florida, to pay back his scholarship obligation. During his service period he practiced pediatrics, internal medicine and family practice. His career as a medical educator began in 1998 as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Florida College of Medicine Physician Assistant Program. In December, 2005 he received his PhD in Higher Education Administration from the University of Florida. From 2006 to 2009 he served as the Department Chairman and Program Director of South University Physician Assistant Program in Savannah, GA. While serving as the Department Chairman, he also supervised the development and opening of a new Physician Assistant Training Program in Tampa, FL. In the fall of 2009 Bob moved to Jackson, MS where he developed, and served as a Professor and Founding Director of the Magnolia State’s first Masters level physician assistant training program at Mississippi College. In December 2018 he moved to Galveston to join the Faculty at the UTMB Physician Assistant Program. Dr. Philpot is a distinguished fellow member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA), Mississippi Academy of Physician Assistants (MAPA) and Texas Academy of Physician Assistants (TAPA).