School of Medicine names Christopher Steffes, M.D., assistant dean of Clinical Medical Education

April 05, 2017

Christopher Steffes, M.D., has been appointed assistant dean of Clinical Medical Education for the Wayne State University School of Medicine.

Richard Baker, M.D., vice dean of Medical Education, announced the appointment April 5.

“Dr. Steffes has been an excellent physician and medical educator at our School of Medicine,” Dr. Baker said. “He possesses a cooperative management style, and has outstanding interpersonal skills. He has developed robust collegial relationships with faculty, staff and community partners. He is highly regarded by medical students and residents for his teaching and responsiveness to their concerns.”

A member of the WSU Department of Surgery for more than 20 years, Dr. Steffes joined the faculty in 1993. A professor (clinician-educator) in the Department of Surgery since 2009, he has served as the Year III Clerkship director and Year IV Surgery director in the WSU Department of Surgery and for Henry Ford Hospital since 1997.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering in 1982 from Cornell University and his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison School of Medicine in 1986. His additional training includes the American College of Surgeons, Surgeons as Leaders Course in 2015, the Stanford Clinical Teaching Program Development Course, Wayne State University School of Medicine and the Surgeons as Educators Course, American College of Surgeons in 2002. He has held several hospital appointments, including attending for Detroit Receiving, Harper University, Hutzel Women’s and Karmanos hospitals; co-chief of Surgical Oncology for Karmanos Cancer Hospital; and senior staff surgeon for Henry Ford Hospital.

He has received numerous teaching awards, the Golden Apple Faculty Award in 2016, was named Teacher of the Year in 2014, and was listed in Hour Magazine’s Detroit Top Docs in 2014-2015.

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