Faculty appointments will enhance student research

The Dean’s Office has announced the appointments of three faculty members to key positions at the School of Medicine.

Lawrence Dall, M.D., professor of internal medicine and docent, and Michael Wacker, Ph.D., associate teaching professor of physiology, will each serve as assistant dean for student medical research. Mark Hoffman, Ph.D., associate professor of biomedical and health informatics and pediatrics, and director of the Center for Health Insights, will assume the additional role of assistant dean for educational innovation.

These individuals will work in their new roles to enhance the continued development of research and education opportunities at the School. Dr. Dall and Dr. Wacker will ensure that medical students who want to do research while in medical school have the best experience possible. They also will assist in the development of student research-related policies and a database of student research activity. Dr. Hoffman will work with faculty and students to explore innovative ideas in medical education, especially those that exploit new technology.

DallDr. Dall joined the School of Medicine faculty in 1982, serving as a docent through 1998, and rejoining the faculty as docent again in 2013. He also was physician group leader for IPC/Providence Medical Center, and was associate medical director for Midwest Hospital Specialists in Kansas City. At the School of Medicine, he has been chief of the section of infectious diseases, and served as chair of the Council of Docents.

Wacker_Michael 2015Dr. Wacker has been a faculty member in the Department of Basic Medical Science since 2007. He was selected as winner of the 2015 Elmer F. Pierson Good Teaching Award and consistently has received high marks from students for his teaching. Dr. Wacker has authored many peer-reviewed publications, received extramural grants in cardiovascular research, and has served as a mentor for many student research award winners. Prior to joining the School of Medicine, Dr. Wacker was an instructor and academic program coordinator for the NIH Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program in molecular biosciences at the University of Kansas.

Mark HoffmanDr. Hoffman joined the School of Medicine in 2013. He spent 16 years leading genomics, public health, and research initiatives at Cerner Corporation. He has 17 issued patents, was the principal investigator on a University of Missouri System interdisciplinary-intercampus grant, and has written peer-reviewed publications.