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Osheroff elected to AAMC council leadership post

Jul. 22, 2021, 9:51 AM


by Leigh MacMillan

Neil Osheroff, PhD, professor of Biochemistry and Medicine, has been elected to a leadership position for a council of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Osheroff, who holds the John G. Coniglio Chair in Biochemistry, will serve a three-year term on the Administrative Board of the Council of Faculty and Academic Societies (CFAS), beginning in November.

Neil Osheroff, PhD

CFAS includes more than 300 faculty representatives appointed by member medical schools and academic societies. It provides input to the AAMC regarding core missions of academic medicine and maintains online AAMC resources including “Well-Being in Academic Medicine” and “CFAS Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit.” Osheroff has served as the senior representative to CFAS from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM) since 2019.

CFAS activities are led by the elected 15-member Administrative Board, whose chair and chair-elect sit on the Board of Directors of AAMC.

“I am honored to serve as a member of the Administrative Board of CFAS. It is an important opportunity to help articulate the faculty voice to the AAMC and to address issues that resonate with academics,” Osheroff said.

Osheroff joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 1983 and has directed a research program focused on the function and biology of DNA topoisomerases, enzymes that regulate the structure of DNA during replication and are targets for anticancer and antibacterial agents.

In addition to his active research program, Osheroff has been dedicated to the education of future generations of health professionals and to the professional development of medical educators. He is a co-leader of the VUSM Foundations of Medical Knowledge Phase Team and the past-director of the Vanderbilt Academy for Excellence in Education.

Osheroff received the 2019 Distinguished Career Award for Excellence in Teaching and Educational Scholarship from the International Association of Medical Science Educators, and is currently serving a two-year term as president of the organization.

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