I am delighted to announce that Jess Mandel, M.D. has accepted the appointment of Associate Dean for Undergraduate
Medical Education, effective July 1st, 2006. In this role, he will provide administrative leadership for all areas of
Undergraduate Medical Education, including course administration, curriculum committees, multidisciplinary labs, the
Professional Development Center, the Office for Educational Development and Evaluation, the Tutorial Program, and the
Body Donation Program.
Dr. Mandel most recently has served as the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Curriculum, a position that he has
held since 2002, as well as an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine.
In addition, since 2001 he has served as the Co-Director of Pulmonary Hypertension Center at the UI Heartcare, University
of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
This position resulted from the reorganization of the School of Medicine's education units, announced in June 2003.
The restructuring consolidated services ranging from undergraduate medical education, to housestaff training, to continuing
medical education into one cohesive operation under the purview of the Vice Dean for Medical Education. This new Associate
Dean position was created to enhance all aspects of the educational experience for our medical students.
Dr. Mandel has an impressive background as a physician and administrator, and has served in several key positions while
at the University of Iowa, including as Co-Curriculum Director and as Co-Director for Human Organ Systems Course for first
year medical students. He has extensive background in medical student counseling, mentoring and both preclinical and
clinical teaching. He will provide leadership in ensuring excellence in all aspects of the UCSD medical student experience.
He will bring valuable experience and insights to the continued development of our curriculum.
Dr. Mandel earned his B.A. at Brown University and his M.D. at the Baylor College of Medicine. He completed his
residency at Beth Israel Hospital and his fellowship in Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine at Brigham & Womens Hospital.
He joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School as an Assistant Professor in 2001 and at the University of Iowa Carver
College of Medicine soon after. He has served as Attending Physician, for both the Pulmonary IPCU/Consultation/CF Service,
the Medical Intensive Care Unit, and the Pulmonary Ambulatory Clinic at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics since
2001, as well as for the Pulmonary Hypertension Center, UI Heartcare.
Among his many professional affiliations, he is a member of the American College of Physicians, the American Thoracic
Society, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and the Iowa Thoracic Society. He currently serves as the Associate Editor
for UpToDate, a Review Panelist for the Educational section American Thoracic Society website, and an Ad Hoc Reviewer for
the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, the American Journal of Cardiology, and the Journal of
General Internal Medicine.
He has received numerous teaching awards at the University of Iowa, including Faculty Member of the Year for first year
medical students and the Outstanding Teacher Award in the University of Iowa Pulmonary Fellowship Program.
Please join me in welcoming Dr. Mandel to this important new position.
Maria C. Savoia, M.D.
Vice Dean for Medical Education
UCSD School of Medicine