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Dean Hedges is re-elected to national leadership role on the AAMC Council of (medical school) Deans

Date: April 2nd, 2017 in Faculty, JABSOM News    Print or PDF

Pictured: Dean Jerris Hedges with other Deans with backgrounds in Emergency Medicine, at the 2017 Council of Deans meeting.

Jerris Hedges, MD, Dean of the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) at the University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa, has been re-elected by his colleagues around the country to the Administrative Board of the Council of Deans for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Hedges’ re-election came during the annual Spring meeting of the Council of Deans in New York City in late March, 2017.

The Deans of all 147 accredited medical schools in the U.S. (and 17 in Canada) serve on the Council of Deans. The Administrative Board is a more select group, consisting of three officers, six members serving three-year terms, and three at-large members serving one-year terms. The Council of Deans works to identify issues affecting academic medicine and develop strategies to achieve the various medical school missions.

During the Council of Deans meeting, Dean Hedges found himself surrounded by fellow deans whose own specialty is Emergency Medicine. In the photo at the top of this story, the group includes Arthur Kellermann, Dean of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, at the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine; Charles Cairns, Dean of the University of Arizona College of Medicine at Tucson; Dr. Hedges; LouAnn Woodward, Dean of the University of Mississippi School of Medicine; and John Prescott, Chief Academic Officer of the AAMC, and Former Dean of the West Virginia School of Medicine.

In the photo below, Dr. Hedges is pictured with Vincent Verdile, Dean of Albany Medical College; Arthur Kellermann, Dean of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences at the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine; John Prescott, Chief Academic Officer for the AAMC and former Dean of the West Virginia School of Medicine, and Charles Cairns, Dean of the University of Arizona College of Medicine at Tucson.

About Dean Hedges
Dr. Jerris Hedges has just begun his ninth year leading the University of Hawaii medical school. When he arrived in Honolulu in March 2008, he already had a national reputation, renowned as co-author of one of the leading texts in patient care, Roberts and Hedges’ Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine. In Hawaii he is acclaimed for having 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 Hawaii Medical Association.

From his modest roots, Dr. Jerris Hedges personally understands how important it is that Hawaiʻi’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 disparities in both access to care and treatment outcomes that disproportionately affect Hawaiʻi’s citizens from certain cultural and ethnic backgrounds, especially the rural, the poor and those of Native Hawaiian, other Pacific Island and Filipino ancestry.

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 the Oregon Health Sciences University. Dr. Hedges also holds a Master of Medical Management from the University of Southern California. Read more about the Dean.

About the AAMC
Founded in 1876 and based in Washington, D.C., the Association of American Medical Colleges is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health care through innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research. Its members comprise all 147 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 80 academic societies.

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