Our dedicated community of exceptional physicians, educators, and researchers shares a deep commitment to academic excellence and health equity. Their knowledge, experience, and guidance will help prepare each student for a successful career.
“The backbone of Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine is our faculty members, who represent a variety of experiences and viewpoints. They are exemplars for our students to emulate, sharing their knowledge and insight with each new class, and creating new paths to learning that will help shape the next generation of physicians.”
Mark A. Schuster, MD, PhD
Founding Dean, Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine
Dr. José Barral, MD, PhD, combines his passion for biochemistry and neuroscience with award-winning educational expertise as Inaugural Chair and Professor of Foundational Science. Trained at the Max Planck Institute, Baylor College of Medicine, and ITESM, Mexico, Dr. Barral has conducted research regarding protein folding and neurodegenerative disorders, which has been funded by multiple institutes and foundations and published in journals such as Nature and Science. He has been recognized for his teaching excellence with numerous honors, including membership in the University of Texas Shine Academy and multiple ‘Best Teacher’ Awards. Dr. Barral brings additional expertise as a former Director of UTMB’s MD-PhD Program and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at its Graduate School.
To learn more about how to get involved with faculty committees, reach out to your department chair or our Director of Faculty Affairs, Yvette Jusseaume.
The Admissions Committee makes final admission decisions on applicants and provides reports and updates on admissions throughout the school year.
The ACAP advises the Dean on faculty appointments and promotions.
The CEP designs, implements, manages, and assesses the School’s curriculum and ensures that it reflects our mission, vision, and values and fully complies with licensing and accreditation standards.
LEAP sets and monitors professional behavior standards for faculty, students, administrators, staff, and others in the School’s learning environment.
The SPPC monitors and assesses the academic standing of students and collaborates with the CEP on the School's Academic Rules and Regulations.
The PEAI collects and reviews data assessing all dimensions of the School’s performance, then recommends quality and curricular improvements as appropriate.
The Office of Academic and Community Affairs is dedicated to driving change in medical education through community engagement and by ensuring equity, inclusion, and diversity are at the foundation of all our initiatives and programs. It also provides resources for faculty and their academic career development, including management of appointments and promotions, and identifying opportunities to develop as scholars and catalysts for change.