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Joseph E. Kerschner, MD, confirmed as Dean of the Medical School and Executive Vice President of the Medical College of Wisconsin

Nov. 18, 2011 College News - The Medical College Board of Trustees today confirmed Dr. Raymond’s appointment of Joseph E. Kerschner, MD, as Dean of the Medical School and Executive Vice President.

Dr. Kerschner will oversee medical education, research, patient care, and community engagement. Since January 2011, Dr. Kerschner has been interim dean of the medical school and executive vice president.

“Dr. Kerschner has provided tremendous leadership to the Medical College with demonstrated dedication to our institution and our future,” said Dr. Raymond. “He has recruited talented individuals to leadership roles at the Medical College and has helped lead initiatives both to build new strategic partnerships and nurture existing ones.”

“I am both humbled and excited to be confirmed as Dean of the Medical School and Executive Vice President of the Medical College of Wisconsin,” commented Dr. Kerschner. “The Medical College is on an extraordinary path, and, in collaboration with our outstanding faculty and staff, our partners and our students, we will continue to achieve excellence among our missions of patient care, research, education and community engagement. I look forward to working closely with our broad group of internal and external stakeholders to address our challenging future.”

Dr. Kerschner, a pediatric otolaryngologist, is a nationally-recognized leader in academic medicine and currently serves as President-elect of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology. He has served on scientific review panels for the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, and is a recipient of numerous NIH research grants.

Before assuming the position of interim dean, Dr. Kerschner served for five years as 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. He also served as executive vice president for Children’s Hospital and Health Systems and as the Medical College’s senior associate dean for clinical affairs – Children’s Specialty Group and interim chairman and professor of otolaryngology and communication science. He will continue to serve as an adjunct clinical professor in Marquette University’s Department of Physician Assistant Studies.

A board-certified otolaryngologist, Dr. Kerschner has been a member of the Medical College faculty since 1998. As a physician, his clinical focus is on otitis media, airway reconstruction in infants and children and congenital head and neck masses and neoplasms. His research interests include identifying the genetic causes and potential new treatments for pediatric ear infections.

Dr. Kerschner is a fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is widely published in professional journals.

Since 2004, Dr. Kerschner consistently has been named by his peers for inclusion in the Best Doctors in America.

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 then returned to the Medical College to complete a fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology. Dr. Kerschner received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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