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Dr. Jill M. Baren Named Provost at University of the Sciences

By Jenna Pizzi

Published on May 15, 2020

Jill BarenJill M. Baren, MD, has been named provost and vice president of academic affairs at University of the Sciences, University President Paul Katz, MD, announced today. Dr. Baren is a national leader in academic medicine, healthcare, and higher education.

“Dr. Baren’s experience and her strong leadership skills make her an excellent choice for this vital role at the University where she will work closely with faculty, staff, students, and administrators,” said Dr. Katz. “Her extensive portfolio will uniquely serve USciences, especially at this particular time in our nearly 200-year history. We look forward to welcoming Dr. Baren to the campus community.”

Dr. Baren comes to USciences from the University of Pennsylvania where she is currently professor of emergency medicine, pediatrics, and medical ethics at the Perelman School of Medicine. Recently, she has served in the Provost’s Office as the Faculty Leadership Development Fellow. She is currently serving a term as the President of the American Board of Emergency Medicine; whose mission is to ensure the highest standards in the specialty.

“I am excited and energized by the people and programs at USciences,” said Dr. Baren. “The interview process revealed the dedication and excellence of the faculty, the exuberance of the student body, and the commitment on the part of leadership to create a superlative learning environment. I am very much looking forward to joining the team, especially during these challenging times. I am confident that we will adapt and evolve into an even stronger environment to train the next generation of students in science and healthcare.”

As provost and vice president of academic affairs, Dr. Baren brings more than 25 years of experience in academic leadership roles in national organizations, academic medical centers, and universities to the role. She maintains a clinical practice at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

She was chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Penn from 2011 to 2017, where she was the first female to hold the position. Dr. Baren is a national expert in the regulations that govern emergency research and has consulted with professional and government agencies including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Her work has been funded by the National Institute of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Emergency Medicine Foundation. She has lectured nationally and internationally and published over 150 peer-reviewed articles, editorials, and book chapters.

Dr. Baren received her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Brown University and her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She completed residency training in Emergency Medicine, and fellowship training in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. She holds a Master of Bioethics degree from the University of Pennsylvania and completed an executive MBA from the Heller School of Management and Social Policy at Brandeis University.

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