Dr. Bruce Koeppen Appointed Founding Dean of the Quinnipiac University School of Medicine

Published: Oct 01, 2010

HAMDEN, Conn., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dr. Bruce Koeppen, dean for academic affairs and education at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, has been appointed the founding dean of the Quinnipiac University School of Medicine, Quinnipiac President John L. Lahey announced today.

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"After an extensive national search, Dr. Koeppen emerged as the ideal individual to take on the enormous task of launching Quinnipiac's new School of Medicine," Lahey said. "He brings to this new leadership role his extensive experience and success as an administrator, teacher and scholar in medical education."

In his new role, Koeppen will spearhead the direction of Quinnipiac's School of Medicine, working closely with the university's academic leaders to shape the school's educational framework. He will be responsible for finalizing the school's clinical affiliation partnerships, developing curriculum, recruiting faculty and an administrative team, and securing accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the accrediting body for medical schools. He officially joins Quinnipiac Nov. 1.

"Leading the development of Quinnipiac University's new medical school, especially in a rich environment of other nationally recognized health professions programs, will be a phenomenally stimulating, challenging and rewarding opportunity," Koeppen said. "Success in creating a new medical school rests only in part with the founding dean. Importantly, there must also be a strong institutional commitment and support such as that found at Quinnipiac. The university is in a unique position to not only create a new medical school, but to create an institutional environment that will be viewed at a regional and national level as a primary care educational magnet for a broad spectrum of health professions."

As dean for academic affairs and education at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Koeppen was responsible for recent revisions and delivery of the four-year medical school curriculum, all of the integrated residency and fellowship programs in the greater Hartford area and the continuing education programs offered to the community by the faculty. In addition, Koeppen had the administrative responsibility of establishing and maintaining the clinical affiliation relationships with the medical school.

Prior to serving in that role, Koeppen was an active National Institutes of Health-funded researcher and teacher, with a distinguished career as a scholar and researcher, particularly in the area of renal physiology.

SOURCE Quinnipiac University

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