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Joseph C. Kolars, M.D., to be U-M Medical School's First Senior Associate Dean for Education and Global Initiatives
Date:5/6/2009

ANN ARBOR, Mich., May 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Joseph C. Kolars, M.D., has been named the University of Michigan Medical School's first Senior Associate Dean for Education and Global Initiatives, effective June 1, pending the approval of the U-M Board of Regents.

Kolars will serve as the Medical School's lead for the oversight and expansion of both its educational mission and its global initiatives. Says James O. Woolliscroft, M.D., the medical school's dean and Lyle C. Roll Professor of Medicine, "In his new role, Dr. Kolars will lead our efforts to enhance the full spectrum of medical training, from undergraduate to continuing education, biomedical research education, and bring it together with global impact."

A gastroenterologist, Kolars currently holds several positions at the Mayo Clinic, including professor of medicine, emeritus residency program director in the Department of Internal Medicine, and consultant to the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Since late 2007, Kolars has divided his time between the Mayo Clinic and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where he works on education systems that will build human resource capacity to transform health. He will continue to work on these initiatives on behalf of the Gates Foundation after he arrives at Michigan.

Kolars has focused his career on physician education and has held a number of leadership roles in education programs for medical students, residents, and fellows, including program director of one of the largest internal medicine residencies in the U.S. His scholarship has largely emphasized educational outcomes, measurements of com
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