Dr. Joseph Kerschner Appointed Dean of the Medical College of Wisconsin

Following a national search, Joseph E. Kerschner, MD, has been appointed dean of the medical school and executive vice president of the Medical College of Wisconsin. The appointment was made by John R. Raymond, Sr., MD, President and CEO, pending approval of the Medical College’s Board of Trustees on November 18. Dr. Kerschner will oversee medical education, research, patient care, and community engagement. He will continue as professor of otolaryngology and communication sciences.

Since January 2011, Dr. Kerschner has been interim dean of the medical school and executive vice president.

“Joseph 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 to build new strategic partnerships and nurture existing ones.”

Edward J. Zore, chairman of the Medical College’s Board of Trustees and chairman and retired CEO of Northwestern Mutual, said, “Dr. Kerschner’s intimate knowledge of the Medical College’s clinical practice business and the marketplace will be critical for building partnerships with the Medical College’s hospital affiliates and health systems throughout Wisconsin. He has the energy and creativity to build the Medical College’s research and education enterprises, to engage the community, and to reward the entrepreneurial spirit within the College’s faculty and staff.”

Owen Sullivan, a Medical College trustee and chairman of the Dean’s Search Committee, said, “Our goal was to find a candidate who would foster continuing excellence and balance in the Medical College’s missions and who possessed the skills, attributes, experience and knowledge to address the challenges facing academic medicine. We found all those qualities in Dr. Joseph Kerschner.” Sullivan is the president of Specialty Brands, ManpowerGroup.

“It is with great humility and excitement that I accept the position as Dean of the Medical School and Executive Vice President of the Medical College of Wisconsin,” said Dr. Kerschner. “The College is on an incredible trajectory and, in collaboration with our outstanding faculty and staff, our partners, and our students, we will continue to achieve excellence in patient care, research, education and community engagement. I look forward to serving our stakeholders and our community in this honorable role as we meet the challenges of the 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 (ear infections), 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.

About the Medical College of Wisconsin

The Medical College of Wisconsin is the state’s only private medical school and health sciences graduate school. Founded in 1893, it is dedicated to leadership and excellence in education, patient care, research and service. More than 1,200 students are enrolled in the Medical College’s medical school and graduate school programs. A major national research center, it is the largest research institution in the Milwaukee metro area and second largest in Wisconsin. In FY 2010 – 11, faculty received more than $175 million in external support for research, teaching, training and related purposes, of which more than $161 million is for research. This total includes highly competitive research and training awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Annually, College faculty direct or collaborate on more than 2,000 research studies, including clinical trials. Additionally, more than 1,250 physicians provide care in virtually every specialty of medicine for more than 400,000 patients annually.

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