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Elisabeth B. Wilson, MD, Joins Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine as New Chair of the Department of Community and Family Medicine

Elisabeth B. Wilson, MD, MPH, MS-HPEd, has accepted the role as chair and professor of the Department of Community and Family Medicine for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH) system and Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine. She begins her role in March 2022 and will succeed Cathleen Morrow, MD as chair.

Wilson will lead the departmental vision, strategy and operations, and support faculty, staff and learners to achieve success. She will be responsible for approving administrative policies and guidelines to ensure the quality and measured outcomes of programs are meeting the highest standards and collaborate closely to align between system member hospitals.

“I am honored to be given this opportunity to oversee excellence in clinical care, research and the important education mission of the Department of Community and Family Medicine at D-HH and Geisel,” Wilson said. “By improving the health of our families and communities, and training the next generation of family physicians, we’re investing in the future. I’m excited to be part of D-HH’s and Geisel’s efforts to do just that in New Hampshire and Vermont.”

Wilson received her medical and public health degrees from Tufts University, and completed her Family Medicine residency and health services research fellowship at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). In 2017 she received her masters in education from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute. She was most recently the chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Maine Medical Center. Prior to that, she was the vice chair of education in Family and Community Medicine at UCSF and founding director of the Program in Medical Education for the Urban Underserved, a longitudinal track for students from diverse backgrounds dedicated to working with vulnerable urban populations.

Wilson is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is active in the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and the North American Primary Care Research Group.  She is a board member of the Association of Departments of Family Medicine, Maine Medical Association, Maine Academy of Family Physicians and the Portland Public Library where she serves on numerous sub-committees to advance Diversity, Inclusion and Health Equity.  She will continue to be a leader in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging by serving in committee roles at both D-HH and Geisel.

In her 20 years of practicing medicine, Wilson has won a number of awards, many of which include excellence in teaching, and was the recipient of the Arnold Gold Humanism Award in 2017. She has taught and mentored all levels of learner, including serving as the co-director of a faculty development fellowship.

Wilson will report to both D-HH Chief Clinical Officer Edward J. Merrens, MD, and the Dean of Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine, Duane A. Compton, PhD.

About the Geisel School of Medicine

Founded in 1797, the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth strives to improve the lives of the communities it serves through excellence in learning, discovery, and healing. The Geisel School of Medicine is renowned for its leadership in medical education, healthcare policy and delivery science, biomedical research, global health, and in creating innovations that improve lives worldwide. As one of America’s leading medical schools, Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine is committed to training new generations of diverse leaders who will help solve our most vexing challenges in healthcare.

About Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH), New Hampshire’s only academic health system and the state’s largest private employer, serves a population of 1.9 million across northern New England. D-H provides access to more than 2,000 providers in almost every area of medicine, delivering care at its flagship hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH. DHMC was named again in 2020 as the #1 hospital in New Hampshire by U.S. News & World Report, and recognized for high performance in 9 clinical specialties and procedures. Dartmouth-Hitchcock also includes the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of only 51 NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation; the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the state’s only children’s hospital; affiliated member hospitals in Lebanon, Keene, and New London, NH, and Windsor, VT, and Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire; and 24 Dartmouth-Hitchcock clinics that provide ambulatory services across New Hampshire and Vermont. The D-H system trains nearly 400 residents and fellows annually, and performs world-class research, in partnership with the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT.