Edward M. Hundert

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Edward M. Hundert
June 2015 Ed Hundert, Photo by Steve Lipofsky.jpg
Native name Edward M. Hundert
Born Woodbridge Township, New Jersey, USA[1]
Residence USA
Nationality American
Other names Ed Hundert
Citizenship USA
Education BA, MA, MD
Alma mater Yale University, BA; Oxford University, MA;Harvard Medical School, MD
Occupation Psychiatrist, ethicist, medical educator
Employer Harvard Medical School
Organization Harvard Medical School, Case Western Reserve University, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry,
Known for Dean for Medical Education, Harvard Medical School; President of Case Western Reserve University, 2002-2006; development of University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry’s Double Helix Curriculum; Board of TIAA-CREF
Notable work 'Philosophy, Psychiatry and Neuroscience: Three Approaches to the Mind (Oxford University Press, 1989), and Lessons from an Optical Illusion: On Nature and Nurture, Knowledge and Values (Harvard University Press, 1995)
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Mary C. Hundert (married 1985)
Children 3
Website HMS profile page for Edward M. Hundert, MD

Edward M. Hundert, M.D. is the Dean for Medical Education and the Daniel D. Federman, M.D. Professor in Residence of Global Health and Social Medicine and Medical Education at Harvard Medical School,[2] where he is also Associate Director of the Center of Bioethics at HMS. Hundert is a member of the TIAA Board of Trustees of TIAA-CREF.


Born in Woodbridge Township, New Jersey, Hundert was graduated from Yale University, summa cum laude, in 1978 with a degree in mathematics and the history of science and medicine, receiving Yale’s annual Russell Henry Chittenden Prize “to the graduating senior with highest standing in mathematics and the natural sciences.” He attended Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar, earning a degree in philosophy, politics, and economics in 1980. He received his M.D. in 1984 from Harvard Medical School, where he remained to do his residency training in psychiatry at McLean Hospital.


Hundert has spent most of his professional career at Harvard Medical School. Following residency training, he was appointed Director of Postgraduate and Continuing Medical Education at McLean Hospital and became involved in the development of the Harvard’s New Pathway Curriculum. He then served as Associate Dean for Student Affairs at Harvard Medical School from 1990 to 1997. He left Harvard for nine years in his 40s, spending 5 years at the University of Rochester, where he served as Dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry, and 4 years at Case Western Reserve University, where he served as President. He left Case in 2006 after the faculty members in arts and sciences voted overwhelmingly that they lacked confidence in him due to mounting deficits at the university and a management style that many faculty members said was secretive.[3]

He returned to Harvard Medical School to lead a new curriculum in medical ethics and professionalism and to serve as Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning until 2014, when he was appointed Dean for Medical Education to lead the development of Harvard’s Pathways curriculum.


Hundert’s articles on education, ethics, psychiatry, and philosophy have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the American Journal of Psychiatry, Academic Medicine, Psychiatry, Medical Education, and the Journal of Clinical Ethics. His books include Philosophy, Psychiatry and Neuroscience: Three Approaches to the Mind (Oxford University Press, 1989) and Lessons from an Optical Illusion: On Nature and Nurture, Knowledge and Values (Harvard University Press, 1995).


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