Gail Morrison, MD


Senior Vice Dean for Education
William Maul Measey President's Distinguished Professor in Medical Education
Department of Medicine

Gail Morrison, MD

Dr. Gail Morrison, Professor of Medicine, is the present Senior Vice Dean for Education (Vice Dean: 1995-2010), and Director of the Office of Academic Programs in the Perelman School of Medicine. For over 30 years, she has been actively involved in directing educational programs in the Department of Medicine, the School of Medicine and nationally, in the Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine (CDIM) organization. She has served as the associate chairman of the Department of Medicine for medical student education (1986-1995), and the associate dean for clinical curriculum (1991-1995), in the School of Medicine.

Dr. Morrison earned her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and completed her internship/residency at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and Georgetown University Hospital. After serving as Staff Associate at the NIH in the NHLBI (National Heart Lung and Blood Institute) for one year, she completed a fellowship in nephrology at the University of Pennsylvania. She was appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine in 1976, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1982 and to Professor in 1994. A board certified nephrologist, Dr. Morrison was responsible for establishing and directing the outpatient Dialysis Program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania from 1976-82 and then directed the ESRD Program at HUP from 1982-1986. She is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American Society of Nephrology, the American Federation for Clinical Research, and is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians.

Her role as a visionary leader in medical education resulted in her appointment in 1995 as the Vice Dean for Education and Director of Academic Programs for the School of Medicine. She was responsible for the successful vision, planning, development and implementation of an innovative, integrated and modular four year curriculum (Curriculum 2000™) in 1997 for the School of Medicine. In addition, she implemented at the same time (1997) an electronic adjunct to Curriculum 2000™, called Virtual Curriculum 2000™ that allows students to access all of their lectures (audio and video), images and slides on demand, seven days a week, 24 hours a day, via the internet. An on-line evaluation system, Simulation Suite, Standardized Patient Program, a longitudinal chronic illness program, Program for Diversity and Inclusion and a learning teams/leadership program have added additional breadth to Curriculum 2000™ since 1999. Over the last five years, she has developed and integrated inter-professional activities for medical students, nurses, pharmacists and social workers across PennMed and the University—both in the hospital setting and in the community. Her leadership role in medical education resulted in her chairing three LCME self-study and reaccreditation process as well. She has represented the School of Medicine in the design, planning and build out of the JMEC state-of-the-art medical education facilities imbedded and integrated into the clinical and translational research facilities. It opened January 2015.