Ioannis Koutroulis, MD, PhD, MBA, Selected to Serve as the Associate Dean of the Office of MD Admissions

Dr. Ioannis Koutroulis posing for a portrait

The GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) is pleased to announce that Ioannis Koutroulis, MD, PhD, MBA, associate professor of Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, Genomics and Precision Medicine has been selected to serve as the Associate Dean of the Office of MD Admissions on a permanent basis, following on his service in an interim capacity since September 2022.

“Dr. Koutroulis’ leadership over the past 2 years as the interim associate dean, has been remarkable. He has a discerning eye for high-quality candidates and a vision for excellence and innovation. We are grateful for his commitment to our students and to the school. I know he will continue to be an excellent lead for the Office of Admissions and is the right person to build our classes of MD Students,” said Rich Simons, MD, senior associate dean for MD Programs.

As the Associate Dean, Koutroulis provides overall leadership in medical student admissions and strategic direction and priorities for the admissions program. He also serves as the school’s representative on inter-school initiatives and university and national committees related to medical school admissions.

“His track record of success in building exceptional MD classes from our incredibly accomplished and very large applicant pool reflects Dr. Koutroulis’ distinct appreciation for the qualities and diverse talents and backgrounds of our students that will lead to their personal success in medical school as well as their ability to create a strong collective community in which to learn and grow as physicians in the making. I have great confidence in his ability to lead our admissions process and administrative functions to continue to bring great students to GW,” said Barbara Lee Bass, MD, professor of Surgery, the Walter A. Bloedorn Chair of Administrative Medicine, vice president for health affairs, dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Additional responsibilities of the associate dean of admissions include:

  • the recruitment of a diverse student body
  • the continual evaluation of the admissions related policies and procedures, accreditation standards of the LCME, regional accrediting bodies, and AAMC best practices
  • the initiation of new programs relevant to admissions
  • oversight of the post-baccalaureate linkage programs and other special programs
  • guidance to the admissions committee and faculty regarding policies, file review, interviews, and evaluation
  • oversight of the medical school’s scholarship committee
  • analysis of admissions data to drive process/policy improvements

“Having the opportunity to meet and interview GW’s potential medical students has been nothing short of a thrill. It is a wonderful responsibility to oversee an office of highly skilled admissions professionals who make the first impression on our incoming students,” said Koutroulis. “I look forward to continuing to foster the incoming classes of GW MD students – and partnering with them as they matriculate into medical school.”

A recipient of the 2022 GW SMHS Distinguished Teacher Award, Koutroulis currently also serves as the co-director of the Clinical and Translational Research scholarly concentration for the GW MD program. He previously served as the course director of pathophysiology for second-year medical students at Drexel University. Additionally, he is the director of research in the Emergency Department at Children’s National Hospital and was the program co-director for the Pediatric Urgent Care fellowship. He is a widely published author, publishing work on sepsis, atopic dermatitis, obesity, and asthma in multiple high-impact, peer reviewed journals.

Originally from Greece, Koutroulis holds an MD and a PhD in infectious diseases from the University of Athens, Greece. He completed his residency training in pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed an MBA in health care management and finance at Drexel University LeBow College of Business in 2016.

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