OU College of Medicine Announces New Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education

OU College of Medicine Announces New Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education

Published: Friday, May 10, 2024

The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine is proud to announce the appointment Jason S. Lees, M.D., as the new associate dean of Graduate Medical Education (GME) and the college’s Designated Institutional Official (DIO), effective immediately. Lees brings a wealth of experience and a commitment to excellence in medical education, clinical practice, and research to his new role.

“I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Jason Lees as the Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education,” said Ian F. Dunn, M.D., FACS, FAANS, executive dean of the OU College of Medicine. “His unwavering dedication to education, research, clinical excellence and leadership make him the ideal choice to lead our graduate medical education programs into the future.”

A native of Edmond, Lees is deeply rooted in the state of Oklahoma and has an impressive academic background. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Oklahoma before earning his Doctor of Medicine degree from the OU College of Medicine. Following his medical education, Lees completed his residency in General Surgery at OU, where he was honored as the Lloyd Rader Outstanding Graduating Resident.

Lees furthered his training with a fellowship in trauma and surgical critical care at Jackson Memorial Hospital and the University of Miami. He then pursued a surgical education research fellowship through the Association of Surgical Education and Southern Illinois University.

Throughout his career, Lees has demonstrated a commitment to advancing medical education and clinical care. He has served as the program director of the General Surgery Residency program since 2012, overseeing its significant growth and achieving outstanding board passage rates. According to Dunn, Lees’ leadership has been instrumental in the success of the program, which has garnered national recognition.

“I am honored to be named the associate dean of Graduate Medical Education at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine,” said Lees. “I am deeply committed to fostering a supportive learning environment where residents and fellows can thrive, and I look forward to working collaboratively with colleagues to uphold the highest standards of clinical medical education.”

Lees’ appointment comes at a pivotal time for medical education, and his expertise will be invaluable as the College of Medicine continues to innovate and adapt to the evolving needs of healthcare professionals and patients.

“I am confident that in his new role, Dr. Lees will continue to champion excellence in graduate medical education, mentorship, and professional development for our residents and fellows. He will work closely with leaders across the College of Medicine to ensure the highest standards of training, equipping the next generation of physicians for unparalleled success,” said Dunn.