Dr. Emery Wilson is Director of the Office of Health Research and Development and Dean Emeritus of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, where he was dean for 18 years. Under his direction as dean, the College of Medicine became nationally recognized for educational innovations. In 1992, the College was chosen as one of only eight medical schools in the country to participate in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s “Preparing Physicians for the 21st Century.” The Kentucky curriculum emphasizes active, student-directed learning with a focus on preparing students for the challenges of balancing competent care with complex technological decisions.
In a consulting role, Dr. Wilson has worked with many universities to assist medical schools with the accreditation process, development of research enterprises, and the start of new medical schools. In each case, his strength has been his ability to communicate with all constituents of the university system: administrators, faculty, students, alumni, hospital affiliates and community partners.
Dr. Wilson has a vast knowledge of academic medicine at the national and international levels. He served on the Executive Council of the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Council of Deans Administrative Board. Dr. Wilson was chair of the Council of Deans Leadership Committee, which established programs to improve the longevity of medical school deans and enhance their success. He is past Chair of the Medical School Section of the American Medical Association.
Dr. Wilson co-chaired the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. During his tenure, he had the opportunity to review the progress and best practices of all the nation’s medical schools. He has also served as consultant to medical schools in 13 other countries: Denmark, Sweden, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Ecuador, Peru and Iraq. In 2004, he was a member of the World Health Organization/World Federation for Medical Education joint committee to adopt global accreditation standards in all countries.
Dr. Wilson earned a national reputation for his work as a reproductive endocrinologist, specifically his work in endometriosis. In 1985, he performed Kentucky’s first successful pregnancy by in vitro fertilization. Dr. Wilson is the author of more than 130 articles and abstracts and five books. Two, “The Medical School Dean” which he co-edited with D. Kay Clawson, M.D. and "Pearls for Leaders of Academic medicine", co-authored with Jay A. Perman, MD and D. Kay Clawson, MD are the only resources for improving leadership and management skills for medical school deans.
As Director of the Office of Health Research and Development at the University of Kentucky, his current responsibilities include all medical outreach programs, the development of health policy and oversight of the Kentucky Institute of Medicine.
Dr. Harry Jonas was Assistant Vice President for Medical Education at the American Medical Association in Chicago, where he served as Secretary of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) for 13 years. As LCME Secretary, he was responsible for oversight of the medical student education programs at all US and Canadian medical schools, via the accreditation process. In this role, he studied and visited every school – private and public, large and small, with marked variations in resources, and with various missions – and worked with the medical education community to apply a single set of national standards that are relevant to and make judgments about this diverse pool of schools.
During his tenure, Dr. Jonas and his colleagues reinvigorated the process of revising and modifying the standards by which schools are evaluated, with the goal that standards should always be relevant and responsive to the current realities that medical schools face. Also at the LCME, Dr. Jonas was the co-author of the annual survey article on medical schools, published annualy in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Earlier in his career, Dr. Jonas left private practice to become the first chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, where he was involved in the development of the new medical school’s clinical education, research and patient care programs. These clinical programs were developed in community hospitals and community physicians’ offices, as UMKC was one of the 25 community-based medical schools developed in the 1960s. Later, Dr. Jonas became a founding member of the Community-Based Medical School Group of the AAMC.
Subsequently, Dr. Jonas became dean at UMKC, a position he held for almost 10 years. UMKC pioneered many new concepts in medical education, including a six-year combined baccalaureate and medical degree program. Other innovations – now considered standard practice – included the integration of the basic and clinical sciences, early exposure to patients, small group learning, and the mentor/docent system of pairing small student groups with faculty advisors.
Dr. Jonas also served as national president of his specialty society, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, where he had extensive opportunity to study and explore solutions to the professional liability crisis. He has returned to the UMKC School of Medicine as Dean Emeritus and Special Consultant to the Dean.
Dr. Jonas serves on the advisory committee of the Board of the Greater Kansas City Health are Foundation, a community foundation directed to enhance healthcare for the uninsured and underinsured population, of which he was founding chair.
Dr. Simon is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and New York University School of medicine. He is a pediatrician, trained at Johns Hopkins Hospital, who has spent much of his career in medical education and administration. He has held faculty and administrative positions at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Northwestern University Medical School.
Dr. Simon has been active in the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Medical Education, Group on Educational Affairs, and Group on Student Affairs.
For the past seven years, Dr. Simon has served the American Medical Association, first as Director of Graduate Medical Education and most recently as Co-secretary of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) and Director of the Division of Undergraduate Medical Education. As a site visitor and Secretary for the LCME, he has participated in numerous medical school reviews and consultations. He also has been actively involved in medical education at the international level.
Dr. Simon works with DJW Associates in the areas of medical education, curriculum development, faculty development, student affairs, organizational change, and special projects.