Geisel School of Medicine faculty members are renowned not only for their leadership in diverse facets of medicine, but also for their personal approach to teaching. They serve as your instructors, role models, mentors, and team-members in the clinic and in the lab. They are vested in your success at school and beyond and demonstrate their commitment in many ways, whether it's organizing a weekend review session or inviting you to their home for Thanksgiving dinner. As one student says, "The professors don't just have office hours from one to three on a Friday afternoon. Their doors are open all the time."
Lisa Adams, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Global Health
As a field of study, global health didn't exist when Lisa V. Adams, MD '90, was a Dartmouth medical student in the late 1980s. Nor were there programs available to help shape the experiences of students like Adams who were interested in working with medically underserved international communities—students were left to their own devices.
Lack of formal programs did not stop Adams from finding her own path, and Adams is now using her more than 20 years of global health experience to help students coordinate international service-learning experiences through Geisel School of Medicine's Center for Health Equity.
Roshini Pinto-Powell, MD
Professor of Medicine and Medical Education, and Director of "On Doctoring"
Roshini Pinto-Powell, MD is an active clinician whose academic career has focused on medical education, mentorship, and leadership in both the Undergraduate and Graduate Medical Education curricula. She has developed curricula, including a web-based series of cases for the Inpatient Medicine Core Clerkship (which is used nationally) and she has created innovative programs in the On-Doctoring course including a SIM clinic for teaching clinical skills and establishment of a Patient Bank and a Community Partner Program. Dr. Pinto-Powell is also currently the Associate Dean for Admissions at Geisel and Vice Chair of Clinical Medicine in the Department of Medicine at DHMC while maintaining a large panel of patients. Her specific interests are in the areas of Clinical Reasoning, professionalism and patient bias.
Virginia Lyons, PhD
Associate Professor of Medical Education and Associate Dean for Preclinical Education
Virginia Lyons, PhD is an Associate Professor of Medical Education and the Associate Dean for Preclinical Education. She received her PhD in Cell Biology and Anatomy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1997. At Geisel she oversees the preclinical phase of the MD curriculum and is the longitudinal curricular leader of the anatomy and embryology content in the curriculum. Virginia was an inaugural member of two teaching academies – the UVA Academy of Distinguished Educators and the Geisel Academy of Faculty Master Educators. Her professional and research interests are in medical education and curricular design, specifically exploring innovative pedagogies and assessment methods, and promoting self-directed learning in the curriculum. Virginia serves on the Geisel Medical Education Committee and has attended numerous conferences/courses on medical education, including Principles of Medical Education (Harvard Macy Institute), A Systems Approach to Assessment (Harvard Macy Institute), Essential Skills in Medical Education (AMEE), NBME Invitational Conference for Educators and the Active Learning Institute offered by the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning.
Brenda Sirovich, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Medicine, Community and Family Medicine, and of Health Policy and Clinical Practice
Brenda Sirovich is a general internist, researcher, and educator at The Dartmouth Institute and Geisel School of Medicine. Practicing at the VA Medical Center in White River Junction, Vermont, Sirovich has been caring for and learning from her veteran patients for nearly 20 years, and also attends on the in-patient medicine service. Along with Phil Goodney, she co-directs the VA Outcomes Group, a small multidisciplinary research group, where she enjoys mentoring fellows and junior faculty in many specialties. Her research examines clinical practice intensity—the tendency of clinicians to order tests, referrals, and treatments for patients, exploring both causes and consequences of different practice patterns. Delighted to be entering her 8th year directing an intermediate level Epidemiology and Biostatistics elective in the Institute’s residential MS/MPH program, From Observational Data to Valid Inference: Regression and Other Approaches, she has also been deeply involved (some might aptly say buried) in building and directing a new 2-year course sequence at Geisel. Now in its 3rd year, Patients & Populations: Improving Health & Healthcare seeks to develop in medical students the knowledge, capabilities, and motivation to allow them to make a difference on a larger scale, improving the health of communities and populations, and the effectiveness and value of health care.
Matthew Mackwood, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Community and Family Medicine, and Course Co-Director, "Patients and Populations" (Geisel Yr 2)
Matthew Mackwood is a Dartmouth grad, three times over, with his BA, MPH, and MD from the College ('08), TDI ('13), and Geisel ('14). Since returning to the area from Seattle in 2018 after residency at Kaiser Permanente, he's been wearing a number of hats, including: research focused on telemedicine in light of the rapid expansion of its use during the COVID-19 pandemic; work with the Connected Care Center on telemedicine deployment; clinic work in primary care family medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Heater Rd Clinic; and teaching responsibilities, including as an On Doctoring small group facilitator and student coach, and teaching population health at Geisel as co-director of the Year 2 "Patients & Populations" course. When not juggling work duties, he is typically found (recovering from) chasing after his 1- and 3-year old kids, Willow and Langston; or minding the chickens on the homestead with his wife Cristina. He looks forward to getting back to playing ultimate frisbee once the pandemic subsides.