Medical Center names new emergency medicine department chair

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has chosen Dr. Susan Promes to chair its Department of Emergency Medicine. Promes, who will be joining Penn State Hershey in July, is currently professor and vice chair for education in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

After earning her bachelor’s degree at Washington University in St. Louis, Promes received her medical doctor degree from Penn State College of Medicine in 1991. She went on to complete residency training at Alameda County Medical Center in Oakland, Calif., where she served as chief resident for emergency medicine. In 2012, Promes completed her masters of business administration at the University of California–Davis Graduate School of Management. She also has served on the faculty at Duke University School of Medicine.

“Dr. Promes is an outstanding physician and educator who has received numerous awards and honors for excellence in teaching, leadership and service,” said Dr. Harold L. Paz, chief executive officer of Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Health System, Penn State’s senior vice president for health affairs, and dean, Penn State College of Medicine. “I am pleased to welcome her back to Penn State Hershey, and I look forward to her strong leadership.”

Promes’ academic interests include team training, bedside teaching, medical errors and clinical guidelines. Her research focuses on medical education and faculty development. Promes is active in professional groups including the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine and the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Promes succeeds Dr. Lawrence Kass, who has served as interim chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine since July.

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Last Updated January 14, 2014