Academic Leadership: Effective leadership | David H Roberts, MD
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David Roberts, MD

Dean of External Education, Harvard Medical School

Associate Professor of Medicine

  • Dr. David H. Roberts is the Steven P. Simcox, Patrick A. Clifford, and James H. Higby Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS), and the inaugural Dean for External Education at HMS.  David is developing and implementing innovative educational programs for learners around the globe leveraging new technologies and advances in learning sciences.
  • David and his team have created a paradigm-shifting new online learning platform called HMX which is now in use at several medical schools nationally and internationally.  Additionally, David has led the transformation of Harvard Health Publishing (HHP) to digital and multi-media publishing with now nearly 2 million Twitter (Harvard Health) followers and 5 million unique monthly visits to the HHP website.  External Education also has created new and innovative programs for physician-focused continuing medical education with both local and international live programs and numerous blended learning and online courses as well.  Finally, David and his colleagues have created a novel set of executive education programs for business leaders to learn about actual delivery of modern healthcare.
  • Since 2001, David has been a pulmonary and critical care physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and an award-winning educator of medical students, residents, fellows and faculty.  David completed the Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education and he previously directed both HMS preclinical courses and the BIDMC Principal Clinical Experience. He is both a member and the former associate director of the faculty development-focused Academy at HMS.
  • David has been an educational leader within the ATS community over the past two decades leading a number of courses and serving as the founding co-director of the Section on Medical Education. David has served on several ATS committees including both Education and Patient and Family Education.
  • David earned his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, graduating summa cum laude, from Cornell University.  He went on to complete medical training at HMS, internal medicine training at Massachusetts General Hospital, and a pulmonary and critical care fellowship in the Harvard Combined Program. David is currently in the second class of the Aspen Health Innovators Fellowship.