University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine announces senior leadership roles

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Photo of Dr. Melissa Piasecki, Dr. Timothy Baker, and Dr. Lisa Calvo.

Left: Melissa Piasecki, M.D., previously executive associate dean and senior associate dean for academic affairs will take on an expansion of her role as executive associate dean; middle: Timothy Baker, M.D., will serve as the new senior associate dean for academic affairs; right: Lisa Calvo, M.D., will serve as interim associate dean for medical education. Photo: UNR Med.

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) announces senior educational and academic leadership roles. Timothy Baker, M.D., will serve as the new senior associate dean for academic affairs; Melissa Piasecki, M.D., previously executive associate dean and senior associate dean for academic affairs will take on an expansion of her role as executive associate dean, and Lisa Calvo, M.D., will serve as interim associate dean for medical education.

The announcement is a result of increasing growth of the School of Medicine with larger, more complex academic programs, and expanding partnerships and affiliations. It reflects an evolution of two positions - the executive associate dean and senior associate dean for academic affairs - both previously executed over the past four years by Dr. Melissa Piasecki.  

"I am particularly appreciative of Dr. Piasecki's extraordinary performance in her combined role that brought us to this new level of leadership opportunities, said UNR Med Dean Thomas L. Schwenk. "We are also fortunate that UNR Med has leaders who have been integral to the school's success stepping into higher-level positions that will provide educational and academic leadership for the benefit of the school, our learners and our community partnerships well into the future."  

In his new role as senior associate dean for academic affairs, Dr. Timothy Baker will oversee all UNR Med academic programs and support services related to medical student, physician assistant and resident education. Baker will oversee UNR Med's Office of Admissions and Student Affairs, Office of Medical Education (medical students), Office of Graduate Medical Education (residents and fellows) Office of Continuing Medical Education, and UNR Med's Physician Assistant Studies Program. He will monitor academic courses and clinical experiences ensuring the school's accreditation requirements for the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education are met. Baker will liaise with area hospital educational partners and affiliates on academic programs.

Most recently, Baker served as UNR Med's Associate Dean for Medical Education for the past seven years. Prior, he was the associate program director of the internal medicine residency program. Before joining UNR Med in 2009, he served as an instructor of medicine and chief resident in internal medicine at the University of Chicago, Department of Medicine. He is an associate professor of medicine at UNR Med and a practicing internal medicine primary care physician where he treats complex diseases and practices preventative medicine for adult patients.  

Baker earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Integrative Organismal Biology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; he earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, and he completed residency in internal medicine at the University of Chicago Medical Center, in Chicago, Illinois. Baker received UNR Med's Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award in 2009. His professional affiliations include membership as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and serves as the chair-elect of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Western Group on Educational Affairs. He is well-published in peer-reviewed articles and abstracts, including the Journal of General Internal Medicine.  

Expanding the role as executive associate dean, Piasecki will oversee institutional vision, stability, growth and excellence. Piasecki will continue to lead the school's accreditation process, which resulted in UNR Med receiving full accreditation by the LCME through 2026, clinical partnerships, conflicts of interest, and representing UNR Med as an institutional leader. Additionally, Piasecki will oversee UNR Med's Continuous Institutional Assessment office, Office of Statewide Initiatives and the Savitt Medical Library.    

Piasecki joined UNR Med in 1995 and is a professor of psychiatry. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, her Doctor of Medicine from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, completed residency in psychiatry at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont, and a fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry at the University of Hawai'i, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Piasecki is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and is a member of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. She teaches medical students and residents, as well as physicians in practice and legal professionals. She has been published in the American Journal Psychiatry, the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management and the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law and has edited and co-edited texts on correctional psychiatry, communication skills and problem-based learning.  

As Interim Associate Dean for Medical Education, Dr. Lisa Calvo will lead UNR Med's Office of Medical Education and will be responsible for educational activities across the four-year undergraduate medical education curriculum. She will supervise curricular design, implementation and student evaluation; coordinate faculty-teaching efforts and ensure evaluation and assessment systems are in place to monitor and measure faculty teaching and student outcomes. She will lead efforts to support and integrate medical education content related to diversity, cultural competency and health care disparities.  

Since joining UNR Med in 2012, Calvo has served in multiple roles, including most recently as course director for the Practice of Medicine, and as UNR Med's Internal Medicine Clerkship Director and Electives Director.  She is an associate professor of medicine at UNR Med. Prior to joining the School of Medicine, Calvo was an academic hospitalist at the University of Minnesota Physicians Group in Minneapolis, Minnesota and an instructor of Essentials of Clinical Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School.  

Calvo earned her Bachelor of Arts in Natural Science from College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota; she earned her Doctor of Medicine from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana; and she completed residency in internal medicine at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Calvo received the E.W. Richardson Excellence in Teaching Award from UNR Med in 2019 and was named UNR Med's Outstanding Clinical Faculty in 2018. The American College of Physicians Nevada Chapter named her Teacher of the Year in 2017 and she was the recipient of UNR Med's Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award two consecutive years 2013-2015. Her professional affiliations include membership as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, membership in the Society of Hospital Medicine and as co-councilor of UNR Med's chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Her work has been published in Problem-Based Behavioral Science and Psychiatry and she has presented to clinical and academic medicine conferences across the country. 


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The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Nevada's first public medical school, is a community-based, research-intensive medical school with a statewide vision for a healthy Nevada. Established in 1969, UNR Med is improving the health and well-being of all Nevadans and their communities through excellence in student education, postgraduate training and clinical care, research with local, national and global impact and a culture of diversity and inclusion.

Released: Tuesday September 3, 2019 @ 6:00 AM