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MedU is more than virtual patient cases – it is hundreds of medical educators and students engaging across disciplines to bring continuous innovation in medical education directly to learners and colleagues. Consortium work also provides subscribing medical educators and students the opportunity for professional advancement through national project leadership, broad dissemination of innovation, and multi-center educational research.

MedU Academic Council

The MedU Academic Council formalizes MedU's collaborative model across disciplines. Drawing from the contributions and expertise of its members, the Council advises on cross-disciplinary curriculum development, educational research, and technological innovations. As with MedU’s discipline-specific course boards, the Council works to ensure MedU virtual programs meet the contemporary teaching and learning needs of today’s medical educators, satisfy national accreditation standards, and provide innovative and engaging educational tools for tomorrow’s doctors.

Val LangValerie J. Lang, MD, MHPE
Academic Director for Curriculum & Courses

Dr. Valerie Lang has been an internal medicine hospitalist at the University of Rochester since 2000. She directs the University of Rochester Hospital Medicine Faculty Development Program and its Medicine Sub-Internship, and has directed its 3rd year Medicine Clerkship for the past 13 years. She is also the Acting Chief of the Hospital Medicine Division at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. She is a past Co-Editor-in-Chief of MedU’s SIMPLE course. Her current and past national committee work includes: Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine (CDIM) Council; CDIM President (2014-2015); Board of Directors, Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM); and Co-Chair, High Value Care Working Group (AAIM). 

Education: MD from SUNY Syracuse College of Medicine and residency at the University of Rochester. MHPE from the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

Family/Hobbies: Val and her husband, a medical oncologist, have a son in grammar school who is an avid on-line learner. She enjoys 4-season biking (even in the Rochester winter), gardening, and traveling.


Sherilyn SmithSherilyn Smith, MD
Academic Director for Engagement, Integration & Research

Dr. Sherilyn Smith is a Professor of Pediatrics (Pediatric Infectious Disease) at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She has been an active member of the MedU community since 2001, serving as a case author, member of the curriculum working group, member of the CLIPP integration working group, and an associate editor for CLIPP. She became CLIPP Co-Editor-in-Chief in 2009, and served in that role until 2015. She was a founding member of the Colleges at the University of Washington School of Medicine, serving as the Head of the Big Sky College from 2001-2009. She was the Director of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship at the University of Washington from 2009-2013, and served as the Associate Clerkship Director there prior to becoming Co-Director of Medical Student Education in 2014. Her current and past national committee work includes: Co-leader of the Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics (COMSEP) Research and Scholarship Taskforce (2003-2008), member of the COMSEP Executive Committee (2007-2010), and current COMSEP President (2015-2017). She is on the Pediatric Infectious Disease Sub-board for the American Board of Pediatrics (2015-2020).

Education: Sherilyn graduated from Duke University with a degree in Spanish Literature and received her MD from Baylor College of Medicine. She completed her pediatric training at the University of California San Diego and her Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship at the University of Washington. In 2000, she completed the Teaching Scholars Program at the University of Washington.

Family/Hobbies: Sherilyn and her husband have one child who is in high school. She enjoys reading, running, and watching youth sports, and finds joy while hiking around the Pacific Northwest.


CLIPP Board

  • Senior Course Director: Mike Dell, M.D. (Case Western Reserve University)
  • Editor-in-Chief: Elizabeth Stuart, M.D. (Stanford University)

  • Robert P. Drucker, M.D. (Duke University School of Medicine)
  • Robin English, M.D. (Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine)
  • Mark Fergeson, M.D. (University of Oklahoma)
  • Alicia Freedy, M.D. (Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine)
  • Melissa Held, M.D. (Connecticut Children's Medical Center)
  • Glen Medellin, M.D. (University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio)
  • Carrie Phillipi, M.D., Ph.D. (Oregon Health & Science University)
  • Jamie S. Sutherell, M.D. (St. Louis University School of Medicine)
  • Stephen Tinguely, M.D. (University of North Dakota)

SIMPLE Board

  • Editor-in-Chief: Kirk Bronander, M.D. (University of Nevada)
  • Senior Course Director: James Nixon, M.D., MHPE (University of Minnesota)

  • Irene Alexandraki, M.D., MPH (University of Central Florida College of Medicine)
  • Jennifer Bierman, M.D. (Northwestern University)
  • Amy E. Blatt, M.D. (University of Rochester Medical Center)
  • Shobhina Chheda, M.D., MPH (University of Wisconsin)
  • Katherine Chretien, M.D. (George Washington University)
  • Kendall Novoa-Takara. M.D. (University of Arizona College of Medicine)
  • Joseph Wayne, M.D. (Albany Medical College)
  • Jenny Wright, M.D. (University of Washington School of Medicine)

fmCASES Board

  • Senior Director: Shou Ling Leong, M.D. (Pennsylvania State University)
  • Editor-in-Chief: David Anthony, M.D., M.Sc. (Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University)

  • Jason Chao, M.D. (Case Western Reserve University)
  • Katie Margo, M.D. (Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania)
  • Stephen Scott, M.D, M.P.H. (Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar)
  • Martha Seagrave, P.A.-C. (University of Vermont)
  • John Waits, M.D. (University of Alabama School of Medicine)

CORE Board

  • Senior Course Director: Jeffery Hogg, M.D. (West Virginia University)
  • Editor-in-Chief: Carl Fuhrman, M.D. (University of Pittsburgh)

  • Matthew Heller, M.D. (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Petra Lewis, M.D. (Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College)
  • Erin O'Connor, M.D. (Temple University School of Medicine)

WISE-MD Board

  • Executive Director: Thomas S. Riles, M.D. (NYU School of Medicine)
  • Co-Chair for Production: Mary Ann Hopkins, M.D. (NYU School of Medicine)
  • Co-Chair for Assessment: Thomas Lynch, M.D. (University of Nebraska)

  • Adnan Alseidi, M.D. (Virginia Mason Medical Center)
  • Jeannette Cappella, M.D. (Virginia Tech)
  • Serge Dube, M.D. (University of Montreal)
  • Kevin Foster, M.D. (Arizona Burn Center)
  • James Hebert, M.D. (University of Vermont)
  • Gerald Isenberg, M.D. (Jefferson Medical College)
  • Randi Krapf, R.N. (Columbia University)
  • D. Scott Lind, M.D. (Drexel University)
  • Fred Luchette, M.D. (Loyola University)
  • Robert Nesbit, M.D. (Medical College of Georgia)
  • Roy Phitayakorn, M.D. (Case Western Reserve University)
  • Juan Sanchez, M.D. (University of Connecticut)
  • Norman Snow, M.D. (University of Chicago)
  • Ranjan Sudan, M.D. (Duke University)
  • Paula Termuhlen, M.D. (Wright State University)
  • Jill Terrien, R.N. (University of Massachusetts)

HVC Board

  • Senior Course Director and Editor-in-Chief: Heather Harrell, M.D. (University of Florida College of Medicine)

  • Amanda Kost, M.D. (University of Washington School of Medicine)
  • Christopher Lee, M.D. (Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California)
  • Starla Martinez, M.D. (Northeast Ohio Medical University)
  • Amit Pahwa, M.D. (The Johns Hopkins University)
  • Richard Wardrop, M.D., Ph.D. (University of North Carolina School of Medicine)

web-GEMs Board

  • Senior Director: Roseanne Leipzig, MD, PhD (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai)
  • Editor-in-Chief: Kate Callahan, MD (Wake Forest School of Medicine)

  • Amit Shah, MD (Mayo Clinic, Phoenix)
  • Becky Powers, MD (University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio)
  • Quratulain Syed, MD (Emory University School of Medicine)
  • Lauren Gleason, MD (University of Chicago School of Medicine)
  • Laura Perry-Fernandez, MD (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center)
  • Chandrika Kumar, MD (Yale University)
  • Paul Eleazer, MD (Wahlen Veterans Administration Medical Center) 
  • Mandi Sehgal, MD (Florida Atlantic University)
  • Ravishankar Ramaswamy, MD (Icahn School of Medicine at Mt.Sinai)
  • Karen Sauvigne (Icahn School of Medicine at Mt.Sinai)
  • Nadine Marshall, LMSW (Icahn School of Medicine at Mt.Sinai)