Dr. Erin McKean

Erin L. McKean, M.D., MBA, FACS

Assistant Dean for Student Services, Medical School
Clinical Associate Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Program Director, Skull Base Surgery Fellowship


Erin L. McKean, M.D., MBA, FACS, was appointed assistant dean for student services in the Medical School on July 1, 2020. She is an associate professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery and neurosurgery, associate chair for clinical programs, and director of the Cranial Base Surgery Program.

McKean holds undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Michigan, and is a graduate of the Inteflex Program. She completed residency training in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery and a fellowship in craniofacial and skull base surgery. She also completed her Master of Business Administration degree with distinction at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

McKean is the original designer and former director of the innovative leadership curriculum in the Medical School. She sits on the board of directors of the North American Skull Base Society and chairs its value-based healthcare committee.

Areas of Interest

Her research interests include biomarkers for skull base tumors, outcomes after treatment of anterior skull base pathologies (quality of life, olfaction, cosmesis, vision, and cost effectiveness), long-term effects of radiation therapy of the head and neck on pituitary function, and leadership in undergraduate and graduate medical education.

Clinical Interests

Her clinical interest is in pathologies of the cranial base, as well as head and neck cancer. She specializes in minimally-invasive and open surgeries of the skull base.

Honors & Awards

McKean has received two teaching awards from the Department of Neurosurgery, the Silver Shovel teaching award from the U-M Medical School Galens Society, a mentorship award from the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, a Patient Safety Award of Excellence from the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, and the Dean’s Community Service Award for her work with the Hope @ UMHS clinic.


Medical School

University of Michigan, 2003


Otolaryngology, University of Michigan, 2008

Graduate School

MBA, University of Michigan Ross School of Business, 2013


Cranial Base Surgery, University of Michigan, 2009

Professional Organizations

American Academy of Otolaryngology
North American Skull Base Society
American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Board Certification


Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

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