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Peter Nalin to lead medical education at IU School of Medicine


INDIANAPOLIS — Peter M. Nalin, M.D., associate professor of clinical family medicine, has been named executive associate dean for educational affairs at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Dr. Nalin succeeds Maryellen Gusic, M.D., as the leader of educational affairs at the IU School of Medicine, the second-largest medical school in the U.S. Dr. Gusic will be moving to a senior leadership position at the American Association of Medical Colleges.

“With implementation of a new curriculum, expansion of medical education to four years at all centers and an upcoming Liaison Committee on Medical Education accreditation site visit, this is a crucial time for educational affairs at the IU School of Medicine,” said Jay L.  Hess, M.D., Ph.D., dean of the IU School of Medicine. “We will be relying heavily on Dr. Nalin, who has previously served on an interim basis as the executive associate dean for educational affairs, to provide strong leadership during these important transitions.”  

Dr. Nalin’s career in medical education began as a rural medical education preceptor in upstate New York. At IU, he has served as associate dean for graduate medical education for eight years. He was also the interim executive associate dean for educational affairs from 2009 to 2010 following the retirement of Stephen B. Leapman, M.D.

Dr. Nalin has been recognized for his role in developing and supporting the new family medicine residency site at Lafayette, Ind. This residency site is a collaboration of local and regional health care entities including Riggs Community Health Center, where Dr. Nalin serves as vice president for medical affairs; and recently as its interim president and CEO.

Dr. Nalin joined the faculty of the IU School of Medicine in 2001 as residency director of the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency, and was elected national president of the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors. In 2006, the Indiana Academy of Family Physicians selected him for the A. Alvin Haley Award for excellence in education.

In 2009, Dr. Nalin was recognized by IU family medicine residents as a Faculty Member of the Year. He received the Program Director Recognition Award in 2005 from the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors. He has been named a Top Doc by Indianapolis Monthly and was the recipient of one of America’s Top Family Doctors awards.

Active in the Association of American Medical Colleges, Dr. Nalin serves as national director of the association’s Leadership Development Course. A six-year directorship, the position leads the national course, which prepares new leaders in graduate medical education nationwide. Dr. Nalin also chairs the Institutional Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Dr. Nalin is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He completed a residency in family medicine at Lancaster (Pa.) General Hospital, where he was awarded the Resident Teacher Award of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. He also completed the fellowship of the National Institute for Program Director Development.

He will retain his concurrent role as interim chair of the department of radiation oncology until the search for a new chair is completed.