Stephen Ray Mitchell, MD, MBA, MACP, FAAP, FACR
Dean for Medical Education
Lucile L. Adams-Campbell, PhD
Senior Associate Dean, Community Outreach and Engagement
Susan Cheng, EdLD, MPP
Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
Ellen M. Dugan, MD
Senior Associate Dean for Admissions
Irma Frank, DDS
Senior Associate Dean for International Programs
Mary Furlong, MD
Senior Associate Dean for Curriculum
Diana M. Kassar
Senior Associate Dean for Finance & Administration
Princy N. Kumar, MD
Senior Associate Dean for Students
Jett McCann, MS
Senior Associate Dean for Knowledge Management
David Taylor, MEd
Senior Associate Dean for Student Learning
L. Whitman Brown, MBA
Associate Dean and Chief of Operations
H. Carrie Chen, MD, PhD
Associate Dean of Assessment and Educational Scholarship
Yvonne Hernandez, PhD
Associate Dean for Pre-Clinical Education
Maria Marquez, MD
Associate Dean for Reflection and Professional Development
Eileen Moore, MD
Associate Dean for Community Education and Advocacy
Jamie S. Padmore, DM
Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Educational Scholarship
Associate Dean for Student Financial Aid
Joseph Timpone, MD
Associate Dean for Student Research
Deborah Topol, MD, FACP
Associate Dean for Medical Education at MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Marian Wulf-Gutierrez, MD
Associate Dean for Clinical Education
Racheal M. Ferguson, MSHA
Assistant Dean for Curriculum Management
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
Nicole M. Houle, EdD
Assistant Dean for Admissions
Yumi Jarris, MD
Assistant Dean for Population Health and Prevention
Linda Van Keuren, MLS
Assistant Dean for Resources & Access, Dahlgren Memorial Library
Douglas Varner, MLS, MS
Assistant Dean for Information Services, , Dahlgren Memorial Library
A Dreyfuss National Merit Scholar at the University of North Carolina, Dr. Mitchell completed training and certification in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the North Carolina Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill. He completed Rheumatology subspecialty training at Georgetown University.
In 1988, he accepted a faculty position to provide rheumatology teaching and service in adult and pediatric rheumatology at Georgetown University Hospital, where he opened the Childhood Arthritis Center. He served as Residency Program Director in Internal Medicine from 1992 to 1999 and initiated an innovative Medicine Pediatric Residency at Georgetown in partnership with Kaiser Permanente in 1996 under the sponsorship of Partnerships for Quality Education and the Pew Charitable Trusts. He has served on the Council and Secretary-Treasurer of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (APDIM) from 1996-2002. He served as Associate Dean for Clinical Curriculum at Georgetown University School of Medicine from 1998-2000 and as Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2000 until May 2002. He currently serves as the Joseph Butenas Professor of and Dean of Medical Education at Georgetown.
Dr. Mitchell has been honored with multiple Golden Apple awards and has been inducted then into the Golden Orchard twice for medical student education. He has received the Kaiser Permanente Award from the faculty for the outstanding Clinical Teacher in the medical center. Dr. Mitchell has received every residency teaching award in the Department of Medicine, including induction into the Sol Katz Society. He was awarded a Laureate Award from the Washington Metropolitan Chapter of the American College of Physicians/American Society of Internal Medicine in 2002. In 2004, he was inducted into Mastership of the College, the highest honor bestowed only on 600 living members of the 150,000 member organization.
Dr. Mitchell completed the Stanford Faculty development program in Clinical Teaching in 1994 and has delivered that clinical teaching model in many venues around the country. In 1996 he completed the Harvard Macy Institute as Clinician Educator and in 2000 completed the Leaders course. In 2005 he hosted the third reunion of Harvard Macy Educators in Washington, DC in an international conference on “ a Global View of Medical Education.”
The school remains vigorous with over 13,000 annual applicants to seat a class of 200 making it one of most selective schools in the US, and placing 85% of students into first or second choices and 40% into top quarter USNEWS programs. He has developed a competitive faculty development grant program for curricular innovation that funds faculty members with $25,000 annually in salary support and direct costs for curricular innovations. The CIRCLE (Curricular Innovation, Research, and Creativity in the Learning Environment) grant program has entered its seventh year and funded a total of 26 faculty members out of nearly 90 applicants in a peer-reviewed, highly competitive process.
Dr. Carrie Chen is the Associate Dean of Assessment and Educational Scholarship and Professor of Pediatrics at Georgetown University School of Medicine. She joined the faculty in 2016 from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), where she was a member of the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators and held the Abraham Rudolph Endowed Chair in Pediatric Education. She has built her career caring for pediatric patients and engaging in medical education. She has developed curricula and assessment programs and provided leadership for medical student, resident, and fellow education as well as continuing medical education and faculty development. Her research interests include workplace learning, workplace-based assessments including the use of entrustable professional activities (EPAs), and faculty skill development and support.
Dr. Chen earned her Bachelor of Arts in biochemistry from the University of California Berkeley and completed her Doctor of Medicine and pediatric residency and chief residency at the UCSF School of Medicine. She subsequently obtained a Master of Science in Education from the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education. More recently, she received a Doctorate in Health Professions Education from Utrecht University and completed a visiting professorship at the Center for Research and Development of Education at University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands.
Dr. Susan Cheng is the Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at Georgetown University School of Medicine. She was formerly part of the founding team of Beyond Z, an early stage college to career start-up focused on accelerating diverse talent, where she directed college curriculum and program design for low-income, first-generation college students. Before joining this venture, Susan was an Associate Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund where she focused on human capital investment and management assistance for the firm’s teacher preparation portfolio ventures in the Learning to Teach Fund. While at NewSchools, Susan co-launched design teams focused on collaborating on solutions to address cross-sector challenges impacting teacher preparation. Prior to NewSchools, she joined Chancellor Michelle Rhee’s transition team for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). While with DCPS, she focused on human capital recruitment and talent development, organizational culture building, and designing and implementing a performance management system for the central office. Susan also created and ran the Urban Education Leaders Internship Program (UELIP) and launched the Teachers Central to Leadership central office fellowship for DCPS teachers. Prior to DCPS, she volunteered with Partners in Health in Rwanda, worked in the DC Mayor’s office, and managed a portfolio of educational diversity and environmental justice programs for the Greenlining Institute in California.
Susan graduated summa cum laude from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts in communications and minor in education. She has a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Doctor in Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. While at the Kennedy School, Susan co-designed the Community Building workshop to promote campus diversity and helped to form the ALANA (African, Latino(a), Asian and Native American) Group Chapter on campus. During her doctoral studies, Susan was a Freshman Proctor for Massachusetts Hall at Harvard College, supporting the academic and social development of 28 first-year students.
Ellen M. Dugan, MD, serves as the Senior Associate Dean for Admissions at Georgetown University School of Medicine. She served on the Committee on Admissions for 10 years prior to becoming Associate Dean. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine. An M’82 graduate of GUSOM, Dr. Dugan completed her Residency in Emergency Medicine at Georgetown University Hospital. Following four years of service in the National Health Service in West Virginia, Dr. Dugan returned to Georgetown and has been on the faculty at Georgetown since 1990.
Dr. Irma Frank serves as the Senior Associate Dean for International Programs at Georgetown University Medical School. She chairs the International Programs Committee, which oversees all Medical School International Programs.
Dr. Frank is a graduate of the Javeriana University in Bogota, Colombia, S.A. She received Pediatric Dentistry training at Harvard School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, and training in Cleft Palate at Tufts University. Dr. Frank’s career with Georgetown began over twenty-five years ago as a professor of Pediatric Dentistry in the Georgetown University School of Dentistry. With the closing of the Dental School, Dr. Frank assumed her current duties of personally directing the Medical School’s international electives through which first and fourth-year medical students are sent to Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Europe for practical experiences with academic supervision.
During her time at Georgetown, Dr. Frank has actively served on many projects and committees. She was one of the initiators of the NASA Telecommunications Project for Distance Education, which linked Georgetown with universities in Latin America. The project carried out many programs in medicine, business, law, and political science. Dr. Frank also serves as Consultant for International Programs in the Office for Federal Relations at Georgetown University, and has been a member of the Medical School Admission Interview Committee, Georgetown’s Distance Education Initiative Committee, the Committee for Education Abroad Risk Assessment, the International Initiatives Committee, the Arrupe Scholarship Committee, and the Georgetown Global Initiatives Committee. Dr. Irma Frank has been a member of the American Dental Association, the American Society of Dentistry for Children, Pan American Medical Society, American Association of Dental Schools, Mid- Atlantic Society of Pediatric Dentistry, Metropolitan Society of Pediatric Dentistry, American Academy of Pedodontics, and the International Health Medical Education Consortium. She has served on the Board of Directors of the International Life Sciences Institute, the Xaveriana Professional Association, and the Victoria and Albert Gildred Foundation for Health and Education in Latin America. She is also a board member of the Santa Fe de Bogota Foundation for Health and Education in Latin America. Dr. Frank was elected to the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Dental Society. She received Georgetown University’s Silver Medal for services to the Medical Center. Dr. Frank was also the recipient of the highest honors of “ Orden de Comendador” and “ Orden de Dama” from Javeriana University. She has received the Founder’s Day Award and has also received awards in recognition of excellence for her contribution to international medical cooperation from the Pan American Medical Society, Salvador University, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the University of Santa Amaro, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Diana Kassar, a native Washingtonian, received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in accounting, from The George Washington University. She has been working for Georgetown University for the past 14 years and was appointed Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Administration in 2012. The Office of Finance and Administration is responsible for managing the School of Medicine finances and budget and providing operational support to the Deans and managers in carrying out the mission of the school.
Dr. Princy Kumar serves as the Senior Associate Dean for Students at the School of Medicine and has held this position since 2000. In this role, she mentors students with a wide variety of academic interests and also meets with students facing challenges or concerns about health, well-being, or personal issues impacting their academic performance. In addition, she is a Professor of Medicine and Microbiology and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Travel Medicine at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Kumar received her medical degree at Kasturba Medical College in India and completed her residency at Englewood Hospital in New Jersey. Dr. Kumar trained as a Fellow in the Department of Infectious Diseases at Georgetown University Hospital, where she served as the director of that fellowship program from 1996-2012 and currently serves as the Associate Program Director. She has a broad portfolio of research and scholarly endeavors, which includes ongoing clinical research on adult HIV therapeutic strategies in her role of Principal Investigator for the Georgetown University sub-site of the NIH/NIAID funded AIDS Clinical Trials Group, as well as her work as Principal Investigator for the HPTN TLC-Plus study that focuses on HIV prevention through enhanced HIV testing, linkage to care, and treatment. Her public service work includes serving as a consultant to the FDA’s Anti-Viral Drugs Committee, and a consultant to the Peace Corps. Dr. Kumar lives in Potomac, MD with her husband, daughter, and son.
Dean McCann has a BA from Elon College, an MS in Library/Information Science from the University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill, and holds a certificate in knowledge management [CKM]. He has been a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals since its creation in 1988. In addition to running the research/public library at McMurdo Station, Antarctica while on active duty in the Navy, over a 30 year academic health sciences library career he has held faculty/library management positions at East Carolina University, the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, the Medical College of Georgia and the Medical University of South Carolina. Additionally, he worked for seven years as an executive with EBSCO Information Services, at their international offices in Birmingham. He currently serves on the Committee on Medical Education and the Committee on Student Life, as well as a PreClinical Adviser to 10 first year, 10 second year, and 10 third-year medical students.
Mary A. Furlong, MD, the Associate Dean for Curriculum and Director of the Office of Medical Education, is a Professor and also the Director of Medical Education in the Department of Pathology. She directs the sophomore pathology course, third and fourth-year Clerkships, and the pathology residency program. She is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed her anatomic and clinical pathology residency at the same institution. Dr. Furlong completed both surgical pathology and soft tissue pathology fellowships. She has been involved in teaching medical students and residents for over a decade and is the recipient of four Golden Apple awards. Dr. Furlong has been a primary or co-investigator on three CIRCLE grants and has been involved in developing curricula for both undergraduate and graduate programs. She participated in the development of the Medical Education Research Track within the School of Medicine and currently serves as both pre-clinical and clinical advisor.
David Taylor joined the Georgetown University School of Medicine family in July 1990. In his role as the Senior Associate Dean for Student Learning, Dean Taylor is responsible for initiatives that promote the retention and advancement of medical students through the four-year curriculum. He utilizes knowledge and skills in educational philosophy and research, student and instructor interrelationships, advising and counseling, and learning and study strategies to implement academic support services essential to students’ academic success, the medical education mission and the quality of the learning experience.
Dean Taylor teaches and mentors students enrolled in the Georgetown Experimental Medical Studies (GEMS) program, which targets underrepresented and disadvantaged students. GEMS serves as a rich, viable pool of future medical students in support of Georgetown’s commitment to diversity in the health professions. Essential educational services include supplemental instruction in anatomy, biochemistry and physiology, and other structured activities designed to enhance the knowledge, skills and academic outcomes for these promising students.
Dean Taylor is the 2015 recipient of the President’s Excellence Award for performance that has clearly demonstrated a commitment to excellence — above and beyond the normal requirements of the position — inspiring excellence in others worthy of special recognition; Member of the Subcommittee on Evaluation and Assessment; Member, Sub-Committee on Students, Liaison Committee on Medical Education Accreditation; Member, Medical Student Life Advisory Committee; Member, GEMS Academic Advisory and Admissions Committee; Member, Curriculum Innovation Committee; Pre-Clinical Advisor to freshman and sophomore medical students; Careers in Medicine Advisor to junior and senior medical students; and, Facilitator, Study Skills & Learning Strategies Workshop for USMLE, Step 1 and Step 2 CK.
Dean Taylor received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Howard University in 1986 and completed the pre-clinical curriculum at the Howard University College of Medicine from 1986-1988. He obtained the Master of Education from George Mason University in 2008. Prior to Georgetown University, Dean Taylor served as Manager of Patient Enrollment for National Clinical Research Centers, Inc.
Dr. Lucile Adams-Campbell is Senior Associate Dean for Community Outreach and Engagement at Georgetown University School of Medicine; Associate Director of Minority Health and Health Disparities Research, and Professor of Oncology at Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Adams-Campbell has received numerous awards and honors including the election to the National Academy of Medicine, the Induction into the D.C. Hall of Fame, and named a 2018 Washingtonian of the Year. She received gold medallions awarded from both her alma maters (University of Pittsburgh and Drexel University) for outstanding contributions to the field of public health and health sciences. Dr. Adams-Campbell serves as a mentor to medical students and provides research internships and opportunities in the areas of minority health and cancer health disparities in a community-based setting.
Dean Marian Wulf-Gutierrez is the Associate Dean for Clinical Education and Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at Georgetown University School of Medicine, where she has enjoyed being on the faculty since 2005. Her dedication to medical student education has been the central theme to her career whether she has been serving the underserved or being a ” Doctor’s Doctor”. She is committed to Georgetown’s philosophy of “cura personalis” both for her patients and her medical students. In addition to numerous teaching awards, Dean Wulf-Gutierrez received the Washingtonian Best Doctor Award in 2014 and 2016. Dean Wulf-Gutierrez is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, which combines her curiosity for science, her desire to care for people, and her desire to empower women to take control of their lives.
A northern Virginia native, Dr. Wulf-Gutierrez earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Virginia. She did her residency at the University of Michigan. Dr. Wulf-Gutierrez practiced and taught at the University of Texas in Houston for 18 years before returning to the area in 2001 to be closer to the family. She served as the director of the Inova Fairfax Obstetrics Clinic, which delivered nearly 3000 babies per year, and was on the faculty at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. She was Clerkship Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology at VCU SOM for two years and at GUSOM for over eight years.
A marathon runner and triathlete in the past, Dean Gutierrez now enjoys spinning, gardening, and cooking in her free time. She has been happily married for over thirty years, has four children, and five grandchildren.
Yvonne Hernandez is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and the Associate Dean for Pre-Clinical Education. She is also the Course Director for the 2nd year Medical Pharmacology Course and Module Director of three 2nd year systems-based integrated Modules. In this position, she acts as a representative from the Department of Pharmacology in the School of Medicine. She is involved in the selection process for medical students and is Co-Chair of the Committee on Medical Education that oversees the School of Medicine curriculum. She received her B.A in Zoology from Duke University, her M.A. in Pharmacology from Boston University, and her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Georgetown University.
Maria Marquez, MD
Maria Marquez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the Associate Director of the Pediatric Clerkship. Dr. Marquez was appointed Associate Dean for Reflection and Professional Development in 2016. She received her medical degree from Universidad Central De Venezuela, Caracas in 1990.
Dr. Eileen Moore completed her HRSA Primary Care Fellowship at Georgetown from 1998 to 2000 and has been on the faculty since that time. Dr. Moore is a clinician–educator with an exciting clinical practice in General Internal Medicine and a keen interest in progressive medical education. Her interests include access to care and quality of care for underserved and vulnerable populations.
Jamie S. Padmore, DM, serves as the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education (GME) and Educational Scholarship at Georgetown University School of Medicine. In addition, she is an adjunct associate professor in the department of surgery at GUMC. Having served as assistant vice president for academic affairs at MedStar Health since 2002, Padmore was recently promoted to vice president for academic affairs.
Dean Padmore works to strengthen the graduate curriculum, as well as resident teaching, as well as works with the academic training programs to develop innovative GME curricula for MedStar’s 1,000+ residents and fellows at its seven teaching hospitals, including Georgetown University Hospital. MedStar Health is the clinical partner for GUMC. Moving forward, Padmore will mentor the Pellegrini Scholars, an endowed group of medical students who conduct research projects in clinical quality improvement and patient safety.
David Pollock received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Economics from Houghton College. He worked for several years in retail banking as a mortgage and home equity loan underwriter in Boston before relocating to Washington. He has been with Georgetown University for 23 years and was appointed Associate Dean for Medical Student Financial Services in July 2014. The Office of Financial Services is responsible for determining medical student eligibility for both federal and institutional aid programs, providing education debt management counseling and assisting students with personal finance matters.
Dr. Joseph Timpone is the Associate Dean for Student Research and received his B.S. degree in Biology from Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT, followed by his MD degree here at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. He did his residency training with the Department of Medicine at Georgetown University Hospital, and also served as the Chief Medical Resident at D.C. General Hospital. He returned to Georgetown where he did his fellowship in Infectious Diseases. Upon completion of his fellowship, he became a medical officer at the National Institutes of Health where he participated in the development and design of clinical trials for the AIDS Clinical Trials Group. This resulted in many publications on the use of combination antiretroviral therapy for the treatment of patients with HIV. He returned to D.C. General Hospital as the director of the HIV Center, before becoming a full-time faculty member in the Division of Infectious Disease and Travel Medicine at Georgetown. As an Associate Professor of Medicine, he is involved in medical education at the medical student, resident, and fellow level. He is a lecturer in Microbiology and the Infectious Diseases Modules at the medical school and has developed an interactive virtual laboratory microbiology curriculum for the Second Year medical students. Over the last 10 years, he has served as the Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine residency training program where he oversees and coordinates the research and scholarly activities of the Medicine house staff. Since ’07, he has been the Director of the Independent Scholarly Project (ISP) program and is responsible for the oversight of all medical student research projects and activities. As the Associate Dean of Student Research, he oversees the Office of Student Research and coordinates the George M. Kober Student Research Day for the graduating medical student class. He is also responsible for overseeing the Dean’s Summer Stipend program, which provides grants to medical students to support their research projects during the summer between their M1 – M2 years. His current research interests include HIV clinical research, infections in solid organ transplantation, and the epidemiology of multidrug-resistant organisms. When he is not preparing another lecture for his students, he enjoys spending time with his family and playing guitar in his rock cover band Basement Riot.
Deborah Topol, MD, FACP is the Associate Dean for Medical Education at Med Star Washington Hospital Center. She attended University of Pennsylvania undergrad and University of Maryland Medical School. She did her Internal Medicine Residency and Chief Residency at Georgetown. She is the Director for the longitudinal course Medical Student Grand Rounds and has enjoyed teaching medical students and residents for over fifteen years. Dr. Topol is the clinical clerkship director of Internal Medicine and an Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Med Star Washington Hospital Center. She is the recipient of the 2015-2016 Faculty Affiliate Award and the 2016-2017 Kaiser Permanente Award for Clinical Teaching. Her interests include ethics and addressing moral distress in residents and medical students.
Whitman Brown received a Masters in Business Administration from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Religious Studies from Maryville College.
Whitman was appointed Associate Dean and Chief of Operations for the School of Medicine in May 2019 having recently served as project manager overseeing the school’s accreditation self-study. In 2019, he received the C.A.R.I.S. award which stands for compassion, achievement, respect, inspiration and service, and is awarded to staff and academic and administrative professionals (AAPs) that exemplify these values at the medical center. In 2015, the Student Government awarded him the Jeanne V. Walther Award for Administrative Excellence. Whitman began working at Georgetown University School of Medicine in the Office of Medical Education in 2009, moved to the Office of Finance and Administration in 2012 and was appointed Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration in September 2013.
Annaliese Heussler received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Boston College. In 2010, she began working at Georgetown University School of Medicine in the newly created Office of Student Affairs. In 2012 she took over the role of Director of Student Affairs and was appointed Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in June 2016. Annaliese also serves as a preclinical advisor.
Nicole M. Houle, EdD
Dr. Nicole Houle serves as the Assistant Dean for Admissions at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Prior to joining the School of Medicine, she worked in the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University as an Assistant Dean in the Undergraduate Program. Earlier experience includes positions in Student Conduct, Residence Life, and Career Services.
Her current work includes building out more inclusive admissions and retention practices and utilizing creative admissions processes to improve targeted recruitment and retention. In 2016, she was awarded the Georgetown President’s Excellence Award for her innovative leadership in medical admissions and exceptional service to the School of Medicine & Georgetown community.
Dean Houle earned her Doctorate in Education with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration at Northeastern University; a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Old Dominion University; and a bachelor’s degree in Counseling from Old Dominion University.
Yumi Shitama Jarris, MD is a Professor of Family Medicine and the Assistant Dean for Population Health and Prevention. She is the Division Director of Medical Student Education and the Director of the Population Health Scholar Track. She practices Adolescent Medicine at the Student Health Clinic. Dr. Jarris is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Fairfax Family Medicine Residency and completed a faculty development fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. She was on the faculty at the Swedish Cherry Hill Residency Program in Seattle, was Associate Director of the Valley Family Medicine Residency in Renton, WA, and worked in community health centers in Seattle and Burlington, VT. She completed the MedStar Health Teaching Scholars Program and received a Medical Education Research Certificate from the AAMC. She is co-chair of the Workforce Education and Training Committee for the ASTHO Primary Care and Public Health Integration National Collaborative Group. Dr. Jarris received the Henry Walton Prize for the most downloaded article from the journal Medical Education in 2012. Her interests include population health, racial and ethnic disparities in health, adolescent medicine, critical reflection in medical education, and work-life balance.
Racheal Ferguson joined the Office of Medical Education in 2016 and was promoted to Assistant Dean of Curriculum Management in 2018. She is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the educational program across all four years of the curriculum by coordinating faculty, staff, and support services on the main campus and the clinical sites across the metro D.C. area. In 2019, she was awarded the John C. Rose Award for her outstanding service to the school by the medical student body and nominated as a Faculty Mentor of the Year in the Rose Learning Society. She currently serves as a Pre Clinical Advisor to first- and second-year students.
Racheal began her career as a Peace Corps volunteer as a public health educator in Peru and returned to the US in 2012 working in non-profit program management. In 2015, she began working for MedStar Health before joining the School of Medicine in 2016. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s in Health Sciences and minor in Public Health from the University of Florida. Racheal has a Master’s from Georgetown University’s School of Nursing & Health Studies in health systems administration (MHSA) and is a member of the Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society.
Douglas Varner is currently the Assistant Dean for Information Management and Chief Biomedical Informationist at Dahlgren Memorial Library at the Georgetown University Medical Center. Douglas came to Georgetown after completion of a 2 year Clinical Informationist Fellowship Training Program funded by the National Library of Medicine and conducted at the William H. Welch Medical Library, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. Previously Douglas was the Library Director at the Health Sciences Library for California Pacific Medical Center and the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco, CA. He holds a BS degree in Life Sciences and an MS degree in Veterinary Science, both from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Douglas conducted research on a parasitic protozoa for completion of his Master’s degree thesis work. In addition, Douglas received a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. During his tenure at Georgetown in Dahlgren Memorial Library, Douglas was accepted into the National Library of Medicine – Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries Leadership Fellows Program. In addition, Douglas has been the recipient of multiple grants from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine to fund outreach and technology initiatives at Dahlgren.