Holly J. Humphrey, MD'83

Ralph W. Gerard Professor in Medicine
Dean for Medical Education

Holly J. Humphrey, MD'83 is the Ralph W. Gerard Professor in Medicine and Dean for Medical Education at the University of Chicago. In this role, she oversees undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education. An honors graduate of the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine, Dr. Humphrey completed her internal medicine residency, pulmonary and critical care fellowship, and Chief Residency all in the department of medicine at the University of Chicago. Her 14-year tenure as Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program created the foundation for her medical education career.

Serving as dean since 2003, Dr. Humphrey has launched numerous programs, including the Roadmap to Professionalism initiative to support and enhance the highest professional standards in the learning environment. She also led a major curriculum reform effort entitled The Pritzker Initiative: A Curriculum for the 21st Century. She is the editor of Mentoring in Academic Medicine (2010) and is the author of numerous peer-reviewed publications on issues related to medical education. Her vision for medical education as a discipline worthy of scholarship led to creating the MERITS fellowship program in medical education open to residents, nurses, and faculty, and she is currently supporting two initiatives in interprofessional learning.

Dr. Humphrey established the Pritzker Advising and Mentoring Societies to support students, and the Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators to support faculty. She is the co-founder of the Bowman Society, which explores issues of health care disparities and provides mentoring for minority students, residents, and faculty. She also oversaw the development of new pipeline programs for under-represented minority students interested in careers in medicine. Most recently, she founded the school’s Identity and Inclusion Initiative (i2i), a collaborative faculty/student committee that promotes an inclusive learning environment and respectful and effective communication with diverse patients and colleagues around issues of identity.

Dr. Humphrey is a national leader in medical education and serves as chair of the Board of Directors for the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine. She is Chair Emeritus of the American Board of Internal Medicine, immediate past chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, and a past President of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (APDIM). She serves on the Boards of Directors for both Alpha Omega Alpha and the Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence and is a member of the Gold Foundation’s Research Institute.  Awards and honors are many, and include the Dema C. Daley Founders Award from APDIM and selection as a Master by the American College of Physicians. Crain’s Chicago Business featured her as one of their “Women to Watch” and the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago honored her with their Outstanding Leader Award in the Professions. Her teaching honors and awards include her selection by graduating students 25 times as a favorite faculty teacher.