I'm humbled, honored, and inspired on a daily basis to lead
the school that gave me so much.
Jeffrey S. Akman, MD
Vice President for Health Affairs (VPHA)
Dean, School of Medicine and Health Sciences
A Message from Dr. Akman
Throughout my 40+ years at GW as a medical student, resident, clinician, faculty member, and administrator, I've taken pride in knowing that our school expects alumni, faculty, fellows, staff, students, and residents to make a difference in people's lives every day. We do that through our clinical care, education, and research.
At GW, I discovered an institution with a history of embracing diversity, a culture of support, acceptance, and tolerance. Each day we have the opportunity to reinforce these values and I am confident we do, because of the people who choose to be here. People who embrace the challenge of promoting health equity, advancing knowledge and improving the lives of those we serve.
I'm humbled, honored, and inspired on a daily basis to lead the school that gave me so much. I am excited for what lies ahead. I believe our future will have us transforming healthcare education, expanding research to improve lives, and becoming a preeminent health care system, known for the highest quality indicators and patient satisfaction.
As a GW MD alum and former resident, professor, associate dean, and department chair, Dr. Jeffrey S. Akman understands his constituency. Today, he serves as Vice President for Health Affairs (VPHA) and the Dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) and is leading the charge to transform healthcare education, expand research to improve lives, and become a preeminent health care system, known for the highest quality indicators and patient satisfaction.
Responsible for a globally recognized academic medical center, Dr. Akman was named VPHA and Dean in 2013 after serving as interim VPHA and Dean since December 2010. As VPHA, he serves on GW President Thomas J. LeBlanc's senior leadership team and manages the relationships between the university and its many academic and clinical partners. In 2013, he was installed as the Bloedorn Professor of Administrative Medicine. As Dean, he leads the oldest medical school in the nation's capital, the 11th oldest medical school in the United States, and one of the most prestigious medical research schools in the U.S.
Early in his tenure, to promote excellence, Dr. Akman led the effort to develop a new mission, vision, and strategic plan. Having set out to advance biomedical, translational, and health services delivery research with an emphasis on multidisciplinary collaboration, Dr. Akman made attracting talented faculty, establishing the first SMHS Office Diversity and Inclusion, providing for professional development, and increasing productivity his top priorities. Between 2013 and 2017, research proposal submissions increased by 45% while the number of actual awards increased 217%, an impressive return on investment. To promote interdisciplinary collaborations, during his tenure, the GW Cancer Center, the GW Autism Institute, the GW Institute for Neuroscience , the Rodham Institute, the D.C. Center for AIDS Research and the Center for Healthcare Innovation & Policy Research opened their doors to serve others.