Valerie D. Weber, M.D., M.S., FACP
Valerie Weber, M.D., M.S., FACP, is the eighth dean of the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine (BSOM). Dr. Weber is delighted to begin her work at BSOM and plans to focus on strengthening the BSOM community in order to provide an even greater impact on those it serves.
Dr. Weber comes to BSOM from Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCOM), in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she was professor of medicine and the Deborah J. Tuttle, M.D., and John P. Piper, M.D., senior vice dean for educational affairs. The other positions at DUCOM she held were vice dean of educational affairs and the William Maul Measey Chair in Medical Education. Dr. Weber’s additional teaching responsibilities at DUCOM included thread leader for the health care quality and patient safety, frontiers 1 course, small group facilitator for case-based learning, and faculty preceptor for ambulatory general internal medicine.
Prior to joining Drexel in 2014, Dr. Weber served as chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences, associate dean for clinical affairs, and professor of medicine at The Commonwealth Medical College, now the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM), in Scranton, Pennsylvania. As a member of the senior leadership team of GCSOM, Dr. Weber had a major role in many aspects of the development of the new school, which awarded its first medical degrees in May 2013. She was responsible for recruiting and developing more than 400 faculty members for the departments of medicine, surgery, and psychiatry, as well as faculty leaders to create and implement the curriculum. She also led the development of the school's innovative clinical curriculum, a highlight of which is a third-year longitudinal integrated clerkship, the largest implementation of that model in the world. This involved the development of medical school faculty across a 16-county region, establishing academic affiliations with nearly 30 hospitals, dozens of physician groups and crafting a robust assessment plan.
Before joining GCSOM, Dr. Weber was the division chief of general internal medicine and geriatrics with Geisinger Health System, located in Danville, Pennsylvania. Geisinger serves patients in central, south-central and northeastern Pennsylvania, and southern New Jersey. While at Geisinger, she led implementations of the advanced medical home model and led multiple other system performance improvement and patient safety initiatives.
Dr. Weber is board certified in internal medicine, and her awards and honors include the Geisinger Health System Patient Satisfaction Award, received 4 years in a row, and the PhillyBiz Best of Healthcare Innovator award. Her scholarly interests include medical education innovations and change management and leadership in health care. Recent publications include, “Broadening Diversity in Medicine: Outcomes of the Drexel Pathway to Medical School Postbaccalaureate Medical Science Program” for the Journal of Best Practices in Health Professions Diversity, and a book chapter “Changing Clinician Behavior: Strategies and Tactics” for the book The Healthcare Quality Book: Vision, Strategy and Tools.
Dr. Weber completed her internship and residency in medicine at The Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia, where she also served as chief resident. She earned her doctor of medicine degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, an M.S. in health care management from the Harvard School of Public Health, and her B.A. in psychology from Washington and Jefferson College.