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Nationally recognized leader in academic medicine named executive associate dean of educational affairs and institutional improvement


Paul M. Wallach, MD, a nationally recognized leader in academic medicine, has been named executive associate dean of educational affairs and institutional improvement for Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Wallach will join the School of Medicine in early February 2018.

Dr. Wallach is currently vice dean for academic affairs and professor of medicine for Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, Georgia’s only public medical school, consisting of five campuses including the main campus in Augusta. In his current role, Dr. Wallach oversees education and student programs for the medical school. Having served on national boards and providing leadership to professional licensure, accreditation, and test development and governance activities for more than 20 years, Dr. Wallach is highly regarded for his expertise in both instructional design and evaluation.

In his new role with IU School of Medicine, Dr. Wallach will serve as chief academic officer and have responsibilities that span the continuum of medical education and academic affairs, including accreditation and continuous quality improvement, curriculum design and assessment, expansion of graduate medical education, scholarly activity inclusive of the school’s regional campus system, and support services to ensure student success.

Dr. Wallach will also serve as executive vice president  for education with Indiana University Health. In this role, he will work to align the health system’s education and training programs with Indiana’s healthcare workforce needs and expand venues for clinical education with the state’s universities, colleges and health science schools.

“Dr. Wallach was instrumental in assisting the School of Medicine through our recent reaccreditation,” remarked Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, vice president for University Clinical Affairs and Dean of the IU School of Medicine. “His extensive experience in medical education at a multi-campus medical school along with a track record of innovation and improvement made him the ideal candidate for this critical leadership role.”

“I am extremely excited to be joining one of our country’s premier medical schools and have been impressed with the school’s mission and vision, as well as IUSM’s leadership, faculty, staff and students,” said Dr. Wallach. “I look forward to joining a superb team of professionals, and to promoting creativity and innovation within the educational programs, building on the excellence that already resides within IUSM.”

Dr. Wallach completed with high distinction his bachelor of arts degree in chemistry in 1980 from Rollins College. He earned his doctor of medicine degree from the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine in 1984 where he also received the college’s distinguished alumnus award in 2011. Dr. Wallach completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of South Florida, where he served as the chief resident in 1987. He completed a faculty fellowship in general internal medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1992.

Dr. Wallach’s previous appointments include vice dean for medical education at New York Medical College and vice dean for educational affairs at the University of South Florida Health Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa.

Dr. Wallach is a member of the executive board of the National Board of Medical Examiners, and serves as its vice-chair.  He previously served as treasurer, and has chaired the board’s Advisory Committee for Medical School and International Foundations of Medicine Programs, and represented the board to the Composite Committee for the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). He has also served as chair of the USMLE Step 2 and Ambulatory Medicine and Anatomy Test Material Development Committees.  He is a site visitor for the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.