James Woolliscroft

James O. Woolliscroft, MD

Lyle C. Roll Professor of Medicine
Professor of Internal Medicine
Professor of Learning Health Sciences
Former Dean of the Medical School (2006 - 2015)

NCRC Building 19, Room 109

Administrative Contact

Cindy Ellis


Dr. Woolliscroft is the Lyle C. Roll Professor of Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. He received his B.S. summa cum laude in 1972 and his M.D. in 1976 from the University of Minnesota. He completed his Internal Medicine residency and served as Chief Resident at the University of Michigan. He joined the faculty of the Department of Internal Medicine in 1980. He has a joint appointment as Professor in the Department of Learning Health Sciences.

His research interests in medical education have resulted in numerous publications, invited presentations and visiting professorships across the US and internationally. Dr. Woolliscroft has served as chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Educational Affairs; the AAMC Research in Medical Education Committee; and as a founding member and President of the Clerkship Directors of Internal Medicine. He has also served on several National Board of Medical Examiners committees and the Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME) Board.

Dr. Woolliscroft was selected as the first Josiah Macy, Jr. Professor of Medical Education, an endowed professorship awarded through a national competition in 1996, and was named the Lyle C. Roll Professor of Medicine in 2001. He received the Society of General Internal Medicine Career Achievement in Medical Education Award in 2004 and the AAMC’s Group on Educational Affairs Merrel Flair Award in 2008. In 2009 he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Minnesota. In 2014 Dr. Woolliscroft received the AAMC’s most prestigious honor, the Flexner Award for Distinguished Service to Medical Education which is awarded annually to an individual for extraordinary national contributions to the medical education community. Dr. Woolliscroft is a Master of the American College of Physicians and in 2015 received the Laureate Award from the Michigan Chapter. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.

At the University of Michigan, he has served in multiple administrative capacities including Associate Chair in the Department of Internal Medicine, Chief of Staff of the University of Michigan Hospitals, Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Medical Education, Executive Associate Dean of the University of Michigan Medical School and most recently as Dean from 2006 - 2015.

Areas of Interest

Research and scholarly interests: development and assessment of expertise, the future of clinical practice and implications for education and training.

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