Dr. Edward M. Hundert Assumes Role as Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education at University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

August 19, 1997

Edward M. Hundert, M.D., formerly associate professor of psychiatry and associate dean for student affairs at Harvard Medical School, has assumed the position of senior associate dean for medical education at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. In addition, he has been appointed professor of psychiatry and of medical humanities.

As senior associate dean for medical education, which he began on a full-time basis on August 1, Dr. Hundert will supervise the evolution of the medical school's curriculum for medical education and for graduate residency programs. Dr. Hundert will also play a role in institutional policy-making as a member of the University of Rochester Medical Center's Executive Committee.

"In Dr. Hundert, we have a nationally recognized leader in the fields of psychiatry, ethics, and medical education. We're pleased to welcome him and look forward to working with him as he assumes this important role at our institution," says Lowell A. Goldsmith, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Among the issues Dr. Hundert will address in Rochester is how to prepare physicians and researchers who can function in a rapidly changing social, financial, and regulatory environment for health care and for medical education.

"We also look to Dr. Hundert to maintain a hallmark of the Rochester medical education experience: an emphasis on the biopsychosocial model of patient care and the importance of the patient-physician relationship and communication, which has distinguished Rochester medical graduates over the years," says Dr. Goldsmith. In keeping with this tradition, Dr. Hundert will work to foster new collaborations among departments at the medical school and with the rest of the University.

Dr. Hundert takes over the position held for the past 15 years by Jules Cohen, M.D., who is stepping down. Dr. Cohen will remain on the cardiology faculty and will serve as associate dean for alumni affairs and as Medical Center liaison for veterans affairs. Dr. Cohen will continue his interest in medical education as he develops several research projects. The transition from Dr. Cohen and Dr. Hundert took place on August 1st, though Dr. Hundert had previously been working at the medical school on an ad hoc basis.

"As we welcome Dr. Hundert, I want to thank and acknowledge Dr. Cohen for his hard work and dedication over the last 15 years," says Dr. Goldsmith. "Dr. Cohen has overseen dramatic changes in our educational programs. His efforts over the years have better prepared several thousand medical school graduates, residency program graduates, researchers, and fellows for their careers in medicine and research."

Dr. Hundert had been on the Harvard psychiatry faculty since 1984, starting as a clinical fellow and advancing to associate professor. He also served as a psychiatrist, assistant director of residency training, director of continuing education, and hospital ethicist at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass. While at Harvard, Dr. Hundert served on many medical school committees, including Admissions, Careers, Communications Skills for Medical Students, Student Affairs, Curriculum, and Faculty Council. At McLean Hospital he served on its Resident Selection, Graduate Medical Education, and Curriculum committees. He also served as chair of the Ethics Committee of the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society.

While at Harvard, Dr. Hundert was the recipient of numerous teaching awards and was voted "the faculty member who did the most for the class" by each of the last six graduating classes at Harvard Medical School. He is the author or co-author of more than 40 scientific articles, book chapters, books, reviews, and other publications.

Dr. Hundert's research interests include ethical issues in psychiatric and medical practice, research and education; moral and professional development of medical students and residents; integration of psychiatric treatment modalities for better patient care; and the contributions to philosophical theories of knowledge from modern psychiatry and cognitive neuroscience.

A native of Woodbridge, New Jersey, Dr. Hundert has been awarded numerous academic honors and prizes. He received his bachelor's degree in mathematics and the history of science and medicine from Yale University in 1978 and was awarded Yale's Russell Henry Chittenden Prize for the highest standing in mathematics and the natural sciences. As a Marshall Scholar, he received a master's degree at Oxford University in 1980 and was awarded the George Batterbee Prize for the highest First Class Honours in philosophy, politics, and economics. He received his medical degree from the Harvard Medical School in 1984 and was awarded Harvard's Dr. Sirgay Sanger Prize for excellence in psychiatric research. Dr. Hundert is married and has three young daughters.

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