The Executive Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences announced on July 16, 2018, the appointment of Barbara S. Bregman, PT, Ph.D., as Associate Dean for Health Professions and Education Development for GUMC.
As Associate Dean, Dr. Bregman will report to the Senior Associate Dean for Biomedical Graduate Education, Dr. Barbara Bayer, and will work to develop and implement new health professions programs in concert with department chairs and respective directors of individual programs, to ensure coordination between education programs of the School of Nursing & Health Studies, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Medicine.
Dr. Bregman was the founding chair of the Georgetown University Medical Center Department of Neuroscience. Her clinical practice specialized in CNS disorders and her independent neuroscience research program – funded by the NIH for over 25 years – focused on CNS development, plasticity, regeneration, and recovery of function after spinal cord injury in neonatal and adult mammals.
Over the coming months, Dr. Bregman will work toward developing a strategy and implementation plan for the expansion of health professions ranging from certificate to graduate degree programs, with appropriate collaboration from colleagues at MedStar Health. This work will include identifying education and training-focused grant opportunities.
She and Dr. Bayer also will begin the important work of creating a division of health professions education in the Office of Biomedical Graduate Education to provide the necessary initial organizational home and the support to execute our strategy. Dr. Bregman also will assist with the development of new biomedical graduate degree programs.
Dr. Bregman will also serve educational liaison for the education and training initiatives between GUMC and MedStar National Rehabilitation Network (MNRN). This role will connect with her ongoing work as Director of Education and Training for the Research Division at MNRH. That work includes the implementation, along with her Co-PI Dr. Alex Dromerick, of a K12 grant totaling nearly $4 million to establish the Neurorehabilitation and Restorative Neuroscience Training Network. Dr. Bregman also will continue in her role as Professor Emeritus in the Department of Neuroscience and the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Georgetown University School of Medicine.