It is with great excitement that we welcome Dr. John P. Geisler as the new Dean and Provost of Trinity School of Medicine. President and CEO of Trinity Steve Wilson remarked on the announcement, saying “Trinity students and administration are pleased to have a Dean and Provost with such a vast knowledge of medical practice as well as education. We have no doubt that Dr. Geisler will lead our team with enthusiasm and inspire our students to become amazing physicians.”
Dr. Geisler is a physician who has focused his career on the advancement of medicine. Trained in gynecologic oncology and functional medicine, he has focused his career on serving others by educating the future generations of medical providers. He has published over one hundred and thirty peer-reviewed medical articles and dozens of book chapters. He is the editor for multiple medical journals.
After completing his Bachelor of Arts with High Honors at the University of Michigan, Dr. Geisler completed his Doctor of Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. His postgraduate training began with a residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at Loyola University Medical Center, followed by a preliminary medicine residency and four-year residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at St. Vincent Hospitals – Indianapolis. He then completed fellowships in Pelvic Surgery and Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics. While educating medical learners and practicing oncology full time, Dr. Geisler earned a Masters in Pharcoeconomics, Patient Safety, and Health Regulations.
His leadership in academic medicine has progressed from being an instructor and junior faculty, to becoming a course director followed by clerkship director, division director, assistant residency director and associate Dean. He has been actively involved in developing curriculum for affiliated health programs, interprofessional education, undergraduate medical education, and graduate medical education. He transformed aged curriculum into new innovative pedagogy that engages modern adult learners using available and new technology. Lecture-based curriculum was changed to problem-based learning and flipped learning for certain projects. He has worked on accreditation for medical schools (LCME), residents and fellows (ACGME) and even physician assistants (ARC-PA). His passion for medical education has ignited a passion in learners that has led to a large increase in the number of students that have returned to teaching other medical learners once they have finished their formal education.
In addition to being an accomplished physician and seasoned medical education professional, Dr. Geisler remains dedicated to the service of others. Medical missions in Africa have been one way in which he has combined medical education and philanthropy. For over a decade, he has taken U.S. medical learners, to work with physicians from Africa and reach the underserved in both Côte d’Ivoire and Tanzania.
Trinity School of Medicine faculty, administration, and students are proud to extend a warm welcome to Dr. Geisler and look forward to the innovation his leadership will bring!