Educational Leadership

Steven A. Lieberman, MD – Vice Dean for Academic Affairs

Steven A. Lieberman, MD
Senior Dean for Administration

Dr. Lieberman hails from San Antonio. Following medical school in Dallas, internal medicine residency in San Jose CA, endocrinology fellowship at Stanford, and a brief stint on faculty at the George Washington University, he joined the UTMB faculty in 1994. He provided primary leadership of medical education at UTMB from 2001 to 2013.He now serves as Senior Dean for Administration, and is focusing much of his effort on the UT System Transformation in Medical Education (TIME) project.

Michael A. Ainsworth, MD – Associate Dean for Regional Medical Education

Michael A. Ainsworth, MD
Vice Dean for Academic Affairs

Dr. Ainsworth received his M.D. from UTMB, where he completed his residency in Internal Medicine and served as Chief Resident. He completed additional training in the Department of Internal Medicine and the Office of Medical Education Research and Development at Michigan State University. He has served many administrative roles in education at UTMB, from clerkship director of Internal Medicine to Associate Dean for Educational Affairs.

In 2013 he was appointed Vice Dean for Academic Affairs. In this capacity, Dr. Ainsworth is responsible for the SOM's educational efforts including oversight of the Coordinating Center for Global Health Education, Educational Affairs, Integrated Medical Curriculum, Regional Medical Education, and Student Affairs and Admissions. He also works with clinical skills development and professionalism assessment and the Transformation in Medical Education (TIME) initiative.

Lisa A. Elferink, Ph.D.Lisa A. Elferink, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Educational Affairs and Director of Instruction Management Office

Dr. Lisa Elferink received her PhD in Biochemistry from Adelaide University, Australia in 1988. She completed her postdoctoral training at Stanford University in 1993, at which time she was recruited to Wayne State University, Michigan as an Assistant Professor.  She joined the UTMB faculty in the now Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology in 2001, and assumed the role of Vice-Chair in 2008.  She has significant teaching expertise with a wide range of learners including undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and medical students. In 2015, she accepted the appointment of Assistant Dean for Educational Affairs and Director of the Instruction Management Office. She oversees years 1 and 2 of the medical school curriculum.

Dr. Ruth LeveineRuth Levine, MD
Assistant Dean for Educational Affairs

Dr. Levine was born in New York but graduated high school from Galveston's own Ball High. Dr. Levine attended medical school at the University of Texas in Austin, completed an internship in Internal Medicine at UTMB, and then went to Boston University for her residency in Psychiatry. After completing her residency, she came back to UTMB in 1991 as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and has since served in numerous educational roles. She has been Clerkship Director for Psychiatry from 1995 to 2013, when she accepted the position as Assistant Dean for Educational Affairs. In that capacity, she has oversight of the clinical education of medical students at UTMB.

Judith Rowen, MD – Assistant Dean for Educational Affairs

Judith Rowen, MD
Associate Dean for Educational Affairs

Dr. Rowen is originally from New Jersey. She attended medical school at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, served as resident and chief resident in Pediatrics at the University of California Davis Medical Center in Sacramento and then completed a fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. After a brief stay on the faculty at Baylor, she came to UTMB in 1996. She has served as the Clerkship Director for Pediatrics from 1999 to 2009 and assumed the role of Assistant Dean for Educational Affairs in 2005. In 2012, Dr. Rowen assumed leadership as Associate Dean for Educational Affairs, overseeing the School of Medicine curriculum as a whole and working to integrate basic science with clinical knowledge and skills through each of the four years.