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IU School of Medicine names new associate dean, director for West Lafayette campus

Matthew Tews West Lafayette campus leadership

INDIANAPOLIS – Matthew Tews, DO, MS, has been named the next associate dean and director for Indiana University School of Medicine in West Lafayette

The Midwest native currently serves as Professor of Emergency Medicine and Associate Dean for Educational Simulation at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) at Augusta University, providing leadership for their Simulation, Clinical Skills, Standardized Patient, and Research and Evaluation programs. He is also a practicing emergency physician.

Tews is an accomplished leader and educator with 15 years of experience in the planning, development and implementation of educational initiatives across the spectrum of medical education. He is experienced in curriculum design, faculty development, simulation, and regional campuses. He has received numerous awards for medical student and resident clinical teaching, curriculum advancements, and innovation in medical education, and has published and presented extensively on simulation and education topics.

As part of his national work, he has published a third-year medical student curriculum, served as a senior editor for an online emergency medicine curriculum site, led the creation and revisions of online medical student examinations, and helped create and publish a national medical student assessment.  

Regina Kreisle MD, PhD, who served as leader of the West Lafayette campus since 2015, announced her intent to retire last fall and will continue in a teaching capacity. 

 “IU School of Medicine is fortunate to have such an experienced and accomplished medical educator join us as our West Lafayette regional campus leader,” said Paul Wallach, MD, executive associate dean for educational affairs and institutional improvement at IU School of Medicine.  “Dr. Tews has significant experience in medical simulation, telehealth, and ultrasound and is a terrific teacher and caring leader. His expertise in technology integration and scholarly concentrations will be vital to the continued expansion of the Biomedical Engineering and Applied Medical Technology Scholarly Concentration on the West Lafayette campus -- he is ready to pick up where Dr. Regina Kreisle left off, and we are grateful to her for her years of excellent leadership.”

Tews earned a bachelor of science in biology from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, and a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at Sparrow Health Systems and Michigan State University in Lansing, Michigan, followed by a fellowship in faculty development at Wright State University’s Department of Emergency Medicine in Dayton, Ohio.  He also earned a master of science in medical education leadership from the University of New England.

In addition to his regional campus responsibilities, Tews will serve as Statewide Simulation Consultant and Professor of Emergency Medicine.

“It is an honor to join IU School of Medicine as West Lafayette regional campus leader and to partner with Purdue University and their Biomedical Engineering department,” Tews said. “I look forward to developing relationships with university faculty and community partners, growing research collaborations and clinical experiences, and providing students with the highest quality medical education, all with the goal of making a difference in the lives of patients.” 


IU School of Medicine is the largest medical school in the U.S. and is annually ranked among the top medical schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The school offers high-quality medical education, access to leading medical research and rich campus life in nine Indiana cities, including rural and urban locations consistently recognized for livability.