Harold A. Frazier, II, MD, to Serve as Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education

Dr. Hal Frazier posing for a portrait

Harold A. Frazier II, MD, has been selected to serve as the associate dean for graduate medical education (GME) at the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He has been in this role in an interim capacity since August 2018. 

“During the last year, I have had the wonderful opportunity to work alongside some of the most dedicated medical educators that I have ever known, and engage with an amazing group of residents and fellows. I am in awe of the depth and breadth of our GME programs here at GW,” said Frazier, who is also a professor of urology at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences. “I look forward to continue growing our residency and fellowship programs.”

During this last academic year, Frazier, along with GME personnel, have added fellowship programs in surgical critical care, pediatric epilepsy, forensic pathology, vascular neurology (stroke), and interventional radiology (independent). These additions have expanded the training options at GW from 39 to 44 programs. Frazier has also been highly instrumental in focusing efforts to address wellness with residents and fellows. Along with GW Hospital, Frazier has been involved in the creation of a new resident and fellows lounge, providing Mamava pods for breastfeeding residents and fellows, increasing on-call meal ticket subsidies for residents, creating a residents council, encouraging the creation of a resident wellness committee, and ensuring resident access to the GW Wellbeing Hotline for emotional and relationship support.

Frazier will continue to oversee the quality of education provided to all residents and fellows at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences and its clinical partners, such as GW Hospital, the GW Medical Faculty Associates, and Children’s National Health System. Additionally, he will maintain the following responsibilities:

  • Overseeing the well-being of residents and fellows and serving as a mentor, advocate, and resource for any issues that may arise; 
  • Serving as the chair of the GME Committee and as the designated institutional official for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education;
  • Maintaining the accreditation of the residency and fellowship programs;
  • Administration of GME, including supporting residency program directors, managing the budget, advocating for resources, and providing guidance on legal matters.

Prior to serving in GME, Frazier had been honored multiple times by GW residents with the annual Departmental Teaching Excellence Award. As a founder of the Urologic Robotic Surgery Program at GW, Frazier has mentored and trained hundreds of surgeons in the use of the da Vinci Surgical System.

“Dr. Frazier has played an integral role in the training of our medical students, residents, and fellows,” said Richard J. Simons, MD, senior associate dean for MD programs at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences. “He is a highly regarded surgeon and former residency director and I have complete confidence in his ability to lead our GME programs.”

Frazier has been the clinical co-director of the Urologic Oncology Program at the GW Cancer Center and continues to serve as an adjunct professor of surgery at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences.  Prior to joining GW, Frazier served as chief of urology with the Mid-Atlantic Kaiser Permanente Medical Group, residency program director and assistant chairman of urology at the National Naval Medical Center. Frazier retired as a captain in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Navy after more than 24 years of service. His military awards include a Meritorious Service Medal, a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, an Army Commendation Medal, and several Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals. He continues to train US Military medical personnel in Advanced Trauma Life Support for battlefield and casualty management. Frazier completed his surgery internship and urology residency at the National Naval Medical Center and his fellowship in urologic oncology at Duke University Medical Center. He received his MD from Dartmouth Medical School and his BA in chemistry from Dartmouth College.

Frazier has been named a U.S. News & World Report and Washingtonian Magazine “Top Doctor” in the field of urology multiple times. The Consumer Research Council of America has also named Frazier as one of “America’s Top Physicians in Urology” and the Washington Checkbook Magazine recognized him as a “Top Urologist.”

Frazier assumed the role of associate dean for graduate medical education July 1, 2019. 

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