Erik K. Alexander, MD
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education (BWH)
Erik K. Alexander, MD is a Professor of Medicine and the Associate Dean for Medical Education (BWH) at Harvard Medical School. He also serves as the Vice President of Education for Brigham Health, overseeing all aspects of medical education inclusive of all undergraduate (medical student) and graduate (internship, residency and fellowship) training programs at BWH. He is the inaugural Executive Director of the Brigham Education Institution (BEI), an entity launched in 2016 with the goal of building community among healthcare educators and enhancing system wide growth and translation of leading educational science.
A career medical educator, Alexander is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and obtained his MD from Northwestern University Medical School. He first joined the Harvard Medical School family when serving as an intern and resident in Internal Medicine and then completing a fellowship in Endocrinology and Thyroid Disorders, all at BWH. In under 20 years, Alexander grew from the rank of Instructor to that of Full Professor at HMS.
Alexander credits his subsequent training at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education as formative to his ability to apply leading pedagogical, curricular and core educational principles to the training of a doctor. He remains continually connected to Harvard University’s broader education efforts, serving as a liaison to the Harvard Initiative in Teaching and Learning (HILT) and the Vice Provost’s office for Advances in Learning (VPAL).
Alexander is passionate about fostering a system of learning that grows students with incredible talent, yet minimal knowledge of medical care, into future global leaders in medicine who possess not only outstanding clinical skills but also the mindset to continually innovate how best to heal illness, solve problems
, and discover the unknown.
Alexander has published over 200 peer-reviewed publications, including seminal research in the fields of Medical Education as well as Thyroidology. He has served on the Board of Directors for the American Thyroid Association, the Harvard Medical School Faculty Council, the HMS Curriculum Cabinet, HMS Admissions Committee and the Brigham’s Medical Staff Executive Council.