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Joseph E. Kerschner, MD

Joseph E. Kerschner, MD, Dean of the Medical School and Executive Vice President of the Medical College of Wisconsin, oversees graduate and undergraduate medical education, research, patient care, and community engagement. Dr. Kerschner has completed a number of executive leadership development programs including the Executive Program for Chiefs of Clinical Services at the Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management.

Dr. Kerschner’s previous executive roles include: CEO of Children’s Specialty Group, a pediatric specialty group practice that is a joint venture of the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin; Executive Vice President of Children’s Hospital and Health System; and, Interim Chairman and Professor of Otolaryngology and Communication Science at MCW.

After receiving his MD degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1990, Dr. Kerschner completed a residency in otolaryngology at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He returned to the Medical College to complete a fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology.

Dr. Kerschner maintains an active surgical practice and annually since 2004 has been named by his peers for inclusion in the Best Doctors in America. A board-certified otolaryngologist, Dr. Kerschner has served on the Medical College’s faculty since 1998. As a physician at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, his clinical focus is on otitis media (ear infections), hearing restoration in children with congenital ear abnormalities and pediatric laryngeal and voice pathology. Dr. Kerschner is a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, the American College of Surgeons, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Kerschner’s research interests include identifying the causes and potential new treatments for pediatric ear infections and clinical trials aimed at improving the care of children with laryngeal difficulties. He has served on numerous scientific review panels nationally and internationally including substantial review service for the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH). Dr. Kerschner’s scientific endeavors have received continuous funding from the NIH since 2001 and he has been awarded over $7M in NIH grant funding as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator with an additional $5M in support from other peer-reviewed grant funding agencies.  He has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals, has contributed to numerous books, chapters and reviews, and has presented over 170 abstracts and presentations at national and international scientific meetings.

Dr. Kerschner has held numerous leadership positions in academic medicine, including President of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology from 2012-2013, Founding Secretary of the International Society for Otitis Media and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. He has been appointed by his colleagues on the Council of Deans of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) as a leader in forming opinion and practices in the areas of medical school – Veteran’s Affairs Hospital partnerships and the impact of off-shore medical schools on US healthcare and medical professional education.

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