President & dean
A message from the president and dean
Healthcare is changing.
Interprofessional teams, rather than disconnected individual providers, now deliver care. Technologies like electronic health records and gene sequencing are necessary tools rather than novelties. The very foundation of medicine has shifted to focus on wellness, rather than disease intervention, and there’s a growing recognition that people don’t stay well or get sick in a vacuum. Neighborhood, income, education – these all play a vital role in health that physicians must understand before they can see and treat the whole person.
Tomorrow’s physician must be equipped to approach medicine on both a macro and a micro level – to be capable of discerning and helping to cure the systemic, societal causes of disease, as well ready to render compassionate care in the way Geisinger believes it should be delivered: one patient at a time.
For this reason, in addition to the MD, Geisinger Commonwealth offers a variety of outstanding degree programs, including master's degrees. We also have more than 400 trainees in 25 graduate medical education programs and offer 22 advanced fellowships from addiction medicine to vascular surgery. We are dedicated to providing education that will make our learners leaders of the healthcare teams of the future, which is why our MD students often work side by side with learners from these other programs.
As a young school born of innovation and integrated with a health system routinely held up as a national model of excellence for person-centered care, Geisinger Commonwealth offers a unique and distinct medical education. Leveraging Geisinger’s acclaimed clinical and technological strengths – including its international prominence in genetics and genomics – we emphasize active learning, early clinical exposure and community engagement to address social determinants of health from day one. That’s why Geisinger Commonwealth graduates are known for their brilliance and their caring – for authentic empathy coupled with superior clinical skills and knowledge all accompanied by an unparalleled ability to connect with patients. This is the kind of doctor who will lead the healthcare teams of the future. If this is the future physician you’d like to be, Geisinger Commonwealth is the place to learn.
Steven J. Scheinman, MD
President and Dean, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, Geisinger
Steven J. Scheinman, MD is president and dean of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, and executive vice president and chief academic officer of Geisinger. He is an exceptional leader with a broad vision, strong academic credentials and a commitment to student success, curriculum innovation and community service.
Dr. Scheinman is an internist and nephrologist who has earned international prominence for his research into the genetics of inherited kidney diseases and kidney stones. He has published more than 90 peer-reviewed articles, reviews, and book chapters on topics related to kidney disease and genetics. For most of his career he was principal investigator on grants funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), American Heart Association (AHA) and other agencies. He has been an invited speaker at numerous national and international meetings and a visiting professor at many prominent universities across the United States and abroad.
Dr. Scheinman has served on review boards for the NIH, American Heart Association, American Society of Nephrology, American Federation for Clinical/Medical Research and National Kidney Foundation, among others. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and of the American Society of Nephrology, and is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation.
Dr. Scheinman is an advocate on healthcare workforce issues and matters affecting medical schools. He was a gubernatorial appointee to the New York State Council on Graduate Medical Education and has served on a number of advisory boards to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and national boards related to medical education. He is a member and chair-elect of the board of the National Resident Match Program.
Dr. Scheinman holds an AB, summa cum laude, from Amherst College in Massachusetts and received his medical degree with honors from Yale University. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital; was chief resident in internal medicine at Upstate; and completed fellowships in nephrology at Upstate Medical Center and Yale-New Haven Hospital. He was formerly professor of medicine and pharmacology at SUNY Upstate Medical University, where he served for eight years as senior vice president and dean of the College of Medicine.