Release Date: May 7, 2015
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Alan J. Lesse, MD, associate professor in the University at Buffalo Department of Medicine, has been appointed senior associate dean for medical curriculum in the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He had served as interim senior associate dean since January, following the death of Avery Ellis, who had held the post since 2008.
“In addition to his outstanding experience in clinical service, research and teaching, Lesse has the administrative and leadership skills needed to continue to innovate and evolve the medical curriculum according to the standards established by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education,” said Michael E. Cain, MD, vice president for health sciences and dean of the UB medical school in announcing the appointment.
Lesse will continue to serve as vice chair for education in the Department of Medicine and chief of the infectious disease section at the Veterans Administration Western New York Healthcare System. He also is associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Microbiology and Immunology in the UB medical school.
Lesse’s clinical work focuses on infectious diseases, particularly those caused by Staphylococcus aureus. He conducts research on Staphylococcal infections, particularly complications related to S. aureus bloodstream infections.
A member of the school’s medical curriculum committee, Lesse teaches extensively in the medical school. He works with students throughout the full spectrum of medical education from first year medical students to senior fellows in infectious diseases.
In 2014, Lesse was awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, an award that honors faculty who demonstrate superb classroom performance through rigorous and innovative methodologies and a commitment to helping students. Lesse has won numerous awards including the Siegel Committee for Teaching Award in pre-clinical years, letters of commendation for both pre-clinical and clinical teaching, and the Pharmacology and Toxicology Faculty Teaching Award.
Lesse received his BA and MD from the University of Virginia. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Temple University. He completed clinical/research fellowships in infectious diseases at the University of Virginia.
He lives in East Amherst.