Ron Ben-Ari, associate professor of clinical medicine, has been named associate dean for continuing medical education (CME) at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
Ben-Ari serves as vice chair for educational affairs in the Department of Medicine and assistant dean of curriculum in the medical school’s Division of Medical Education. He also is president of the Keck School Faculty Council.
As associate dean, he will chair a newly constituted CME steering committee for Keck Medicine of USC, incorporating expanded programs for both the medical school and the Keck Medical Center of USC.
In a memo to faculty and staff, Keck School Dean Carmen A. Puliafito said that Ben-Ari’s academic record “includes distinguished educational service at multiple levels, including medical student, resident and fellow, and physician education.”
Under Ben-Ari’s direction, the Office of Continuing Medical Education will provide support to faculty members in developing new educational programs and will emphasize the development of online programs and live offerings featuring clinical faculty at the Keck Medical Center. In addition, Ben-Ari will work with the leadership of the Keck Medical Center to develop educational programs for physician staff members in the areas of risk management and patient safety.
“This is a very dynamic time for the Keck School of Medicine and the academic medical center,” Ben-Ari said. “I am very excited about growing our CME efforts to create state-of-the-art educational events and materials that showcase to the region and beyond our remarkable faculty and the excellence of our clinical programs.”
Ben-Ari succeeds Allan Abbott, who retired in 2012 after serving as associate dean for continuing medical education since 2001.
Ben-Ari joined the Keck School faculty in 1992. He was chief of staff at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center from 2005 to 2006 and has served the Department of Medicine as director of the Internal Medicine Residency and Medical Student programs.
As an educator, Ben-Ari has received numerous awards. He was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Medical Society in 1990 by USC medical students and was awarded outstanding teaching awards in 1997, 1998, 2003 and 2007. He was named a master teacher of the Keck School in 2008 and was the faculty honoree for medical education and humanism from the American College of Physicians Southern California Region I in 2009.
Ben‐Ari received his bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1983 and his medical degree from the Keck School in 1987. He completed his internship and residency in the USC Internal Medicine Residency Training program.