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October 30, 2003

SIU Med School Names New Associate Dean

Dr. Debra L. Klamen Dr. Debra Klamen portrait has been named associate dean for education and curriculum and professor and chair of the medical education department at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. The appointment concludes a national search and will be effective in January.

"I am pleased to announce this appointment because Dr. Klamen has the experience and energy to continue the innovation in the field of medical education on which this medical school has always prided itself. She brings a great deal of experience and talent in curricular design and leadership" said J. Kevin Dorsey, M.D., Ph.D., dean and provost, in making the announcement.

Her primary administrative responsibility is the coordination, continued development and evaluation of educational activities and resources for the School's M.D. curriculum. Klamen succeeds Linda H. Distlehorst, Ph.D., who is retiring after 27 years at SIU. Distlehorst joined SIU medical education department in 1976 and was named associate dean in 1995.

Most recently, Klamen was associate dean for undergraduate curriculum (2002-03) as well as associate professor of psychiatry (1997-2003) at the University of Illinois (UI) College of Medicine in Chicago, having first joined the faculty as an assistant professor of psychiatry (1989). She also was an adjunct faculty member of UIC's medical education department and an attending physician in psychiatry for its general adult outpatient service (1994-2003). Klamen previously was assistant dean for pre-clerkship curriculum in the UIC College of Medicine (1998-2002) as well as director of undergraduate education in psychiatry (1994-2002).

She completed her psychiatry residency at UIC (1989). She earned her medical degree at University of Chicago (1985) and her bachelor's degree in genetics at UI in Champaign-Urbana (1981). She earned her master's in health professions education at UIC (1998). She also participated in the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program for Women (2001-02).

She is board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners. She is a member of the Association for Academic Psychiatry, the Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry and the Illinois Psychiatric Society. She has been a reviewer for various academic journals including Academic Psychiatry and the New England Journal of Medicine. Her research activities include serving currently as a senior evaluation consultant for a workforce training grant funded by the national Center for Mental Health Services.

A native of Dixon, Ill., Klamen is married to Dr. Philip D. Pan, who is also joining the faculty as an assistant professor of psychiatry. Her mother, Bonnie Klamen, still lives in Dixon while her brother, David Klamen, lives in Chicago. Her father, Sam Klamen, is deceased.