Dr. Phillip M. Boiselle appointed dean of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine

February 01, 2021

Dr. Phillip M. Boiselle

Dr. Phillip M. Boiselle has been appointed dean and professor of medicine at Quinnipiac’s Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine effective July 1, Provost Debra Liebowitz announced today. He also will serve as the William and Barbara Weldon Dean’s Chair of Medicine.

Boiselle, who currently serves as professor and dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, will have primary responsibility for Quinnipiac Netter’s academic and educational mission. He replaces founding dean, Dr. Bruce Koeppen, who is retiring from the university on June 30. Koeppen’s 10-year leadership resulted in many milestones including initial accreditation of the school, the recruitment of an outstanding faculty, and four graduating classes that are highly diverse and achieved 100 percent matches in prestigious medical residencies.

“Phil is the ideal candidate to lead Quinnipiac Netter,” Liebowitz said. “He is a dynamic leader with a distinguished reputation as a medical scholar, and a champion for diversity and inclusion as a means of achieving institutional excellence. Having trained as a chief resident at Yale, Phil has many personal and professional connections in Greater New Haven and is committed to advancing Quinnipiac Netter’s reputation for engaging students in an innovative medical curriculum that prepares the next generation of patient-centered physicians who excel in interdisciplinary medicine.”

Boiselle said, “I am honored to lead the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine through its next phase of growth. Since its founding, the school has built a strong foundation of excellence upon which to develop future innovative advances in medical education, clinical care, research, scholarship, and community service. I enthusiastically look forward to working with President Olian, Provost Liebowitz, other university leaders, and the entire Netter community of learners, faculty, staff and community partners, to collaboratively lead the School of Medicine to reach new heights in the years ahead.”

Under Boiselle’s leadership, the Schmidt College of Medicine has enhanced its national reputation, experienced a three-fold growth in National Institute of Health research funding, expanded graduate medical education programs, achieved Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) continuing accreditation for an eight-year term, experienced substantial growth of philanthropic support, established FAU Medicine,® the college’s first faculty clinical practice plan, and launched the Marcus Institute for Integrative Health at FAU Medicine.® A champion of equity and inclusion, Boiselle engaged in substantial community partnerships that addressed health concerns and needs of the most vulnerable community members. The Schmidt College also enhanced the diversity of its medical student and graduate student populations, with approximately one-third of all students now coming from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in medicine and biomedical sciences.

A graduate of the Duke University School of Medicine, Boiselle was chief resident at Yale University followed by a fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. His clinical career has focused on thoracic imaging, an area in which he is recognized as an international expert. As director of thoracic imaging at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School, he developed and led a nationally recognized section that was highly valued locally for its emphasis on quality and safety. He also was associate dean for academic and clinical affairs, professor of radiology and a Rabkin Fellow in Medical Education at Harvard Medical School.

Boiselle’s research career has been devoted primarily to multidisciplinary, translational research involving the role of non-invasive imaging for enhancing the diagnosis and care of patients with a variety of airway disorders. An NIH-funded investigator, his study of tracheal dynamics led to the recognition of tracheomalacia as a distinct phenotype of COPD with therapeutic implications.

He also has served as an investigator for the NCI-funded National Lung Screening Trial, a randomized control trial that was the first to demonstrate the ability of CT screening to reduce lung cancer mortality, advocating nationally for the implementation of high-quality lung cancer screening in community and academic settings. Boiselle’s scholarly publications include more than 250 original research articles, review articles, editorials, book chapters and books. He served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Thoracic Imaging from 2009-18.

Boiselle has held a variety of local, regional and national educational leadership roles, including director of preclinical radiology education, radiology residency program co-director, thoracic imaging fellowship director, president of the New England Roentgen Ray Society, and president of the Society of Thoracic Radiology, among others.

Photo credit: Jean Kirby

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