Dr. German was appointed Founding Dean of the University of Central Florida College of Medicine in December 2006. In July 2010, UCF President John C. Hitt named Dr. German to the new position of Vice President for Medical Affairs for the university. As Dean, Dr. German leads the development of the new medical college comprised of the M.D. program and the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences. In her role as vice president, she oversees the college’s medical practice plan and coordinates other medical initiatives.
Dr. German earned her undergraduate degree in chemistry from Boston University and her M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School. She was previously Associate Dean of Medical Education at Duke University Medical School while maintaining her own private practice of Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. In 1988 she joined Vanderbilt University as Associate Dean for Students and later Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education. She served on the Board of Trustees for the Tennessee Medical Association and chaired the Tennessee Board of Directors for the Arthritis Foundation. She also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville. In 2005, she joined the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in Washington, D.C. as a Petersdorf Scholar in Residence.
Under her leadership, the college:
- Gained preliminary accreditation for the M.D. program
- Built a team of over 500 faculty and staff
- Appointed over 1,600 volunteer faculty
- Raised funds to provide full four-year scholarships for the entire charter class
- Constructed 375,000 square feet of medical school space
- Developed a new high-tech curriculum for 21st century doctors
- Achieved record enrollment in its biomedical sciences programs
- Became the first medical school in the U.S. to begin implementing the World Health Organization’s (WHO Patient Safety Curriculum
- Developed knowledge management and assessment systems that the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) noted have the potential to be national models
- Secured a $7.6 million federal grant to help Central Florida doctors develop and effectively use electronic health records to improve patient care
- Opened the new medical education and Burnett Biomedical Sciences buildings at the UCF Health Sciences Campus at Lake Nona
- Created Pegasus Health, a state-of-the-art clinical practice serving UCF and the community