Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine has named Diane B. Wayne, MD ’91, as its new Vice Dean for Education, effective immediately.
Currently the Dr. John Sherman Appleman Professor of Medical Education, Dr. Wayne received her undergraduate and medical degrees from Northwestern as a member of the Honors Program in Medical Education. After completing her residency in internal medicine at the University of Chicago hospitals, she joined Northwestern’s medical school faculty in 1994. She is currently the Vice-Chair of the Department of Medicine and Associate Chief Medical Officer for Medicine, Women’s Health and Psychiatry at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
“Spanning what everyone has to regard as a superb career path here at Feinberg, Diane has been instrumental in helping us formulate and lead a variety of education programs in the medical school,” said Eric G. Neilson, MD, vice president for Medical Affairs and Lewis Landsberg Dean. “Her broad knowledge of the student-resident interaction and its effect on the patient experience, as well as her great interest in how our new curriculum will mature with its modern message, will undoubtedly serve us well as we refine our commitment to comprehensive education at Feinberg.”
Dr. Wayne was the program director of the Internal Medicine residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University from 2001-2012. As residency program director, she enhanced the program’s national reputation, co-directed a physician-scientist training program and dramatically increased resident diversity. The program was recently listed in the top 10 of a nationwide survey of physicians published by US News and World Report.
Since 2001, she has published nearly 80 peer-reviewed articles, served as an invited lecturer nationally and internationally, and garnered numerous honors including the 2007 National Award for Medical Education Scholarship from the Society of General Internal Medicine and the Thomas Hale Ham Award for New Investigators from the Association of American Medical Colleges. She was a 2010 recipient of the Parker Palmer Courage to Teach National Program Director Award from the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education and the 2013 Leader in General Internal Medicine Award from the Midwest Society of General Internal Medicine. She was a Deputy Editor of the Journal of General Internal Medicine from 2006-2013.
A physician-educator, Dr. Wayne’s research efforts focus on simulation-based education and competency assessment of students, residents and fellows. Her research team studies the impact of rigorous medical education on patient care quality. Their findings of improved quality of care, reduced patient complications and lower healthcare costs contributed to a 2012 Readiness for Reform Challenge Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges.
“Throughout my career I have always been extremely grateful for the outstanding patient-centered education I received at Northwestern,” shared Dr. Wayne. “I look forward to helping achieve the broad and ambitious goals of Northwestern Medicine and continuing to move our educational programs into the nation’s top tier.”
Dr. Wayne’s husband is also on the faculty at Northwestern – Jeffrey D. Wayne, MD, is an associate professor of Surgery-Surgical Oncology and Dermatology, and the interim chief of Gastrointestinal and Oncologic Surgery. They have two teenaged children, Elizabeth and Andrew.