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John Davis, MD, PhD Appointed as Associate Dean for Curriculum

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Post Date: 04/26/2017


John Davis

John Davis, MD, PhD, has been appointed as associate dean for curriculum in the School of Medicine. Dr. Davis comes to UCSF following almost ten years on the faculty at the Ohio State University (OSU) College of Medicine, where he is currently associate dean for medical education. In this role, he helped implement the OSU College of Medicine’s Lead. Serve. Inspire curriculum, and he oversees accreditation for the school.

Also at OSU, Dr. Davis has served as assistant dean for student life, developing strategies to help students thrive during medical school. Board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases with a specialty in infectious complications of bone marrow and solid organ transplantation, he is an associate professor of clinical internal medicine and served as the deputy director of the Comprehensive Transplant Center (Education), developing a curriculum for its translational science research program.

Dr. Davis will join UCSF this July, succeeding Susan Masters, PhD, who led the creation and implementation of the Bridges curriculum at UCSF and who will retire next month.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Davis to our medical education team,” said Catherine R. Lucey, MD, vice dean for medical education, Faustino and Martha Molina Bernadett Presidential Chair in Medical Education, and professor of medicine.

“His expertise and insights will help us advance new components of the Bridges curriculum, helping our students become the physicians needed by our patients, communities, and our profession: those who embrace UCSF’s commitment to inquiry, interprofessional collaborative care, social justice, and leadership. With a career in medical education deeply connected to science and to equity, John is the perfect addition to our medical education team.”

Dr. Davis is a nationally known expert and advocate for LGBT issues in medicine, having served as the LGBT Issues Representative to the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Diversity and Inclusion. His work on medical education projects related to sexual and gender minority health and his strong commitment to inclusive environments have been recognized by several awards from the OSU College of Medicine Office for Diversity and Outreach.

In recognition of his achievements in medical education and the mentoring of students, residents, and fellows, Dr. Davis received numerous awards during his appointments at OSU College of Medicine, including Professor of the Year—OSU's highest student award for faculty. He also received the Outstanding Teaching and Learning Method Award, and the Landacre Honor Society Faculty Mentor Award.

Dr. Davis received his PhD in chemistry from Boston College and his MD from Yale School of Medicine. He completed residency training in internal medicine and a clinical and research fellowship in infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital. He will receive his masters of education in the health professions next year from Johns Hopkins University, with a focus on educational leadership.