Elizabeth Ryan to lead IU School of Medicine-Northwest-Gary

September 20, 2018

Indiana University School of Medicine has selected a Chicago-area native with more than two decades of experience in medical education and strong ties to northwest Indiana to be the next leader of its campus in Gary.

Elizabeth Ryan, EdD, will assume the role of associate dean and director of IU School of Medicine-Northwest-Gary on Monday, October 1. Located on the campus of IU Northwest, the medical school program educates more than 80 students at all stages of their training and partners with 11 hospitals and five federally qualified health centers throughout northwest Indiana. 

Ryan, who will be the fourth director of the medical school’s campus in its 46-year history, has held a wide range of positions in undergraduate and graduate medical education as both a faculty and staff member. She most recently served as vice chair for education in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Prior to joining Feinberg, she held roles with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and West Suburban Hospital Medical Center.

She earned her doctorate in education from Loyola University of Chicago with concentrations in curriculum and instruction, program evaluation and research methods.

“Dr. Ryan’s diverse background--not only in medical education, but earlier in her career as a pharmacy tech and in medical billing--provides her with valuable insights into many aspects of the health care experience and how we can best train future physicians to serve patients,” said Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, dean of IU School of Medicine and IU’s executive vice president for university clinical affairs. “A key priority for her will be to partner with community and health care leaders to develop innovative opportunities for our learners that address the region’s most pressing health care needs.”

For more on Ryan’s appointment, read the full news release.