James Lyons, MD, has been named Associate Dean of Medical Education for the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM). In this role, Dr. Lyons will work closely with the Curriculum Committee and institutional divisions to ensure content, format, and evaluation methods of the curriculum meet standards for accreditation as well as collaborate with faculty to support teaching and educational innovation. The Associate Dean of Medical Education position is a new role allowing the college to continue enhancing its strategic plan priority of academic excellence and explore new opportunities for advancement.
Dr. Lyons obtained his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University and his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine. He is board certified in family medicine, anatomic and clinical pathology, and dermatopathology. Dr. Lyons received the Hoyt Vandenberg award for the top officer academically in his commissioned officer class while on active duty with the U.S. Air Force at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery. During his pathology residency, he received the Frances K. Patterson resident award.
Dr. Lyons has worked in academia, specifically medical education, for more than a decade. He most recently has served as Professor of Pathology and Family Medicine at ACOM and will continue in his teaching role as an integral part of this new position. Prior to joining ACOM, Dr. Lyons served as a medical director of a hospital laboratory and as a clinical assistant professor at an Illinois school of medicine.