JABSOM Faculty & Staff
Jerris R. Hedges:
Department: Office of the Dean
Title: Dean
Credentials: MMM
Position: Executive
Contact Info
Email: jerris@hawaii.edu
Phone: (808) 692-0881
Fax: (808) 692-1247
651 Ilalo Street, Medical Education Bldg.
Office of the Dean - 2nd Floor
Honolulu HI 96813
Webpage: http://jabsom.hawaii.edu/jabsom/
Bio: Dr. Jerris Hedges, Dean of the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) since March 2008, is known nationally as co-author of one of the leading texts in patient care, Roberts and Hedges’ Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine, now in its sixth edition. In Hawai`i, he is also recognized as a leader who has strengthened the medical school by building vital bridges between JABSOM’s community partners and collaborators. In 2013, he was named “Physician of the Year” by the Hawai`i Medical Association.

Dean Hedges has a passion for JABSOM’s missions to educate and to provide physicians for Hawai`i. He grew up in a rural community, attended a high school with few “academic achievers” and went to community college (he’s a “distinguished alumnus” of Washington State's Centralia College) on his way to becoming an emergency physician, academic leader, author and a member of the United State’s National Academies of Science Institute of Medicine, which advises the nation on health policy.

From his modest roots, Dr. Jerris Hedges personally understands how important it is that Hawai`i’s young people have opportunities to succeed, and how critical is the need to provide physicians and other health care workers in our rural, under-served communities. Dean Hedges and colleagues are expanding the medical school’s research focus on addressing inequities in both access to care and treatment outcomes that disproportionately affect Hawai`i’s citizens from certain cultural and ethnic backgrounds, especially the rural, the poor and those of Native Hawaiian, Pacific Island and Filipino ancestry.

Trained as an emergency physician, Dr. Hedges has spent the last three decades contributing to the medical field through his work in clinical care, university teaching, research and administration.

At the internationally respected Oregon Health & Science University’s (OHSU) School of Medicine, Dr. Hedges served as Professor and Department Chair in Emergency Medicine and was named Vice Dean at OHSU in 2005. Dr. Hedges’ leadership helped OHSU earn recognition as one of the “Top 10” National Institutes of Health-funded academic emergency medicine research departments in the nation. The OHSU has honored Dr. Hedges’ contributions by establishing an endowed professorship in his name. Dr. Hedges has also served as President of both the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine and the Association of Academic Chairs of Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Hedges earned his bachelor’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics, his master’s degree in chemical engineering, and his medical degree at the University of Washington. He completed his residency at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and served on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine before joining OHSU. Dr. Hedges also holds a Master of Medical Management from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.
Education: Bachelors degree in Astronautics and Aeronautics
Masters degree in Chemistry
Master of Medical Management from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.
Medical degree at the University of Washington.
Completed residency at the Medical College of Pennsylvania.


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