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Dr. Barbara Atkinson – Dean UNLV School of Medicine
February 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Dr. Barbara Atkinson
Dr. Barbara Atkinson is an accomplished researcher, educator and administrator in the fields of medicine and medical education. She has spent her entire career in medical school leadership, creating innovative learning environments for future physicians.
As UNLV School of Medicine Founding Dean, Dr. Atkinson has overseen all aspects of the formation and launch of the new medical school, inclusive of leading the school’s charter accreditation, faculty recruitment, planning and implementing the school’s educational blueprint, managing overall school operations, philanthropy and community outreach.
Atkinson also worked to develop concurrent frameworks for the school’s faculty practice plan, graduate medical education program, hospital affiliation agreements and community clinical teaching sites. The School of Medicine and the 21 clinics that make up the practice plan currently employ more than a thousand people.
Dr. Atkinson was appointed planning dean for the UNLV School of Medicine in May 2014. Since that time she has created an innovative vision and education program for the school, garnered strong regional and legislative support, hired a core team of academic faculty and staff, and assembled a Community Advisory Board to align regional needs with the school’s mission. In 2015, the university raised $13.5 million in less than 60 days to fund 135 scholarships for future medical school students – including the entire charter class expected to begin classes in 2017.