Educational Leadership

  • Charles P. Mouton MD MS. Vice Dean Academic AffairsCharles P. Mouton, MD, MS
    Vice Dean for Academic Affairs
  • Dr. Mouton serves as the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs for the School of Medicine and as a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine. With more than two decades of experience, Dr. Mouton is a nationally recognized leader in education as well as in patient care and research. He is especially known for his expertise in mentorship and curricula development.

    In March 2017, Dr. Mouton joined UTMB from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, where he served as Senior Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine. He was also Adjunct Professor of Medical Education and Administration for Vanderbilt University's School of Medicine. Before moving to Meharry in 2010, Dr. Mouton was Professor and Chair of the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Howard University College of Medicine where he received both his undergraduate and doctoral degrees. He also earned a master's degree in clinical epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1997. Dr. Mouton established Meharry's first Clinical Simulation Center and helped lead Howard's Master of Public Health program.

  • Steven A. Lieberman, MD – Senior Dean for Administration
  • 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
    Senior Associate Dean for Educational Performance
  • Michael Ainsworth, MD is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and Senior Associate Dean for Educational Performance in the School of Medicine. In this role, he is responsible for oversight of the school's student assessment and competency programs, especially as they relate to clinical and professional performance skills.

    A faculty member at UTMB for over 30 years, Dr. Ainsworth has served in a number of clinical, teaching and administrative roles, including Internal Medicine Clerkship Director, Assistant and Associate Dean for Educational Affairs, and Vice Dean for Academic Affairs. He has been a leader in developing new educational initiatives in the School of Medicine, including the Integrative Curriculum Evaluation Exercise (1990), a summative post-clerkship standardized patient-based assessment exercise; the problem-based Interactive Learning Track (1994); and the Transformation in Medical Education Initiative (2013). He has also served a leading role in developing the School's community-based education components, including regional campuses in Austin and Houston. He is currently working with his counterparts in the Schools of Nursing and Health Professions to plan interdisciplinary teaching programs that will be conducted in the new Health Education Building. Dr. Ainsworth's educational research interests have focused on clinical skills development and assessment, especially through use of standardized patients. He is the author or numerous articles and abstracts and has presented on the topic at regional, national and international venues. His current focus is on clinical and professionalism training and assessment for medical students. He developed the Early Concern Note system in the School of Medicine in 2000, one of the earlier efforts nationally to implement an early-warning, tracking and assistance program for students who experience professional behavior difficulties.

  • Karen Szauter, MD
  • Karen Szauter, MD
    Assistant Dean for Educational Affairs
  • Dr. Szauter received her MD degree from Case Western Reserve University, completed a residency in Internal Medicine, and fellowships in Gastroenterology and Nutrition. She is an assistant dean in Educational Affairs and the Medical Director of the Office of Clinical Simulation. She is also Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine/Gastroenterology and Co-director of the Internal Medicine year-3 Clerkship.

    Dr. Szauter works with the SP staff to ensure that medical aspects of the SP cases and portrayals are accurate. She also coordinates projects and research in the SP Center. Her areas of interest in addition to Standardized Patients include the teaching and evaluation of clinical skills, professionalism and professional development.

  • Jennifer Hughes, MD, FAAPJennifer Hughes, MD, FAAP
  • Assistant Dean for Regional Medical Education
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    UTMB School of Medicine
  • Dr. Hughes works with course and clerkship directors, community agencies, program coordinators and students to oversee the UTMB SOM clinical educational experience in Austin.

  • Lisa A. Elferink, PhDLisa A. Elferink, PhD
  • 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. Her educational interests include evaluation and assessment, as well as educational uses of multimedia.

  • 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 and completed an internship in Internal Medicine at UTMB, then went to Boston University for her residency in Psychiatry. After completing her residency, she returned to UTMB in 1991 and joined the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Since then she has served in numerous educational roles including that of the inaugural director of UTMB’s Academy of Master Teachers. She was Clerkship Director and Director of Undergraduate Education for the Department of Psychiatry from 1995 to 2013 when she assumed the position of Assistant Dean for Educational Affairs and Director of the Office of Clinical Education. In that capacity, she oversees the clinical education of the medical students at UTMB.


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