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Julie Byerley, MD, MPH

President, Geisinger College of Health Sciences
Dean, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, Geisinger

Julie Byerley, MD, MPH, is president of Geisinger College of Health Sciences, dean of the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, and executive vice president and chief academic officer of Geisinger.

Geisinger is an integrated care system striving to make better health easier, especially for the communities in central and northeast Pennsylvania. The academic programs embrace that mission and align with system priorities to develop healthcare professionals inspired and prepared to improve the health of diverse people and populations, using Geisinger’s unique assets to transform the way care is delivered.

As president and dean, Dr. Byerley oversees the academic mission of the medical, nursing, and graduate schools within the college.

As chief academic officer, Dr. Byerley oversees the educational experiences for learners throughout Geisinger, including graduate medical education, nursing, pharmacy, advanced practitioners and other health professions. She also oversees Geisinger’s research environment that includes expertise in precision health, genomics, informatics, data science, implementation science, outcomes research, health services research, bioethics and more.

Dr. Byerley previously served as vice dean for academic affairs at UNC School of Medicine, where she oversaw the school’s educational enterprise and the Office of Faculty Affairs and Leadership Development. Her own academic work has focused on educational innovation including expedited career pathways, forward-looking curriculum design, workforce development, mentoring and system improvement toward higher value health profession education.

Dr. Byerley earned her bachelor’s degree in physics and a teaching certificate from Rhodes College and, after teaching high school, attended medical school at Duke University. She completed her pediatrics residency and chief residency at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she also earned a master’s degree in public health with a focus on maternal and child health. She continues to work clinically as a pediatric hospitalist.

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