Zazulia to oversee continuing medical education

Allyson Zazulia, MD, has been named associate dean for continuing medical education. (Credit: Robert Boston)

Allyson R. Zazulia, MD, is the new associate dean for continuing medical education (CME) at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Zazulia, an associate professor of neurology and of radiology, joined the faculty as an instructor in 1998.

In her new role, Zazulia will oversee and administer learning opportunities for practicing physicians and will maintain accreditation of the CME program.

She will work with Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals to more closely link CME opportunities with quality improvement and patient-safety efforts to directly impact clinical care with CME. Further, she will develop new approaches to help community physicians meet the new, evolving requirements for maintenance of specialty board certifications and licensure.

“Allyson is a skilled and innovative educator with an ability to see the big picture while paying attention to details, an ideal combination for this role,” said Alison Whelan, MD, senior associate dean for education. “Her leadership will transform CME to a much more patient-centered, flexible way of learning.”

Zazulia replaces Douglas W. Hanto, MD, PhD.

Zazulia has received numerous honors over her career at Washington University, among them several Distinguished Service Teaching Awards, the Coursemaster of the Year Award, the Samuel R. Goldstein Leadership Award in Medical Student Education, and the Sydney S. Pearl, MD, Award for Inspirational Teaching.

Her research and clinical interests include stroke, cerebrovascular disease and intracerebral hemorrhage.

She has served in leadership roles for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Vascular Neurology Examination Committee, U.S. Medical Licensing Examination Neurology/Neuroscience Test Material Development Committee, National Board of Medical Examiners Clinical Neurology Test Committee, American Academy of Neurology Undergraduate Education Subcommittee, and American Heart Association Membership Committee of the Stroke Council, among others.

A Maryland native, Zazulia earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Maryland and her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. She completed both her residency training in internal medicine and neurology, and her fellowship training in cerebrovascular disease and cerebral blood flow and metabolism at Washington University.

Washington University School of Medicine’s 2,100 employed and volunteer faculty physicians also are the medical staff of Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals. The School of Medicine is one of the leading medical research, teaching and patient-care institutions in the nation, currently ranked sixth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Through its affiliations with Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals, the School of Medicine is linked to BJC HealthCare.