Dr. Evonne Kaplan-Liss is Assistant Dean of Narrative Reflection and Patient Communication and Professor of Medical Education at the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine in Fort Worth, Texas. This a new medical school program seeking accreditation to open in 2019. This is the first Dean level position in a medical school dedicated solely to training faculty and medical students to communicate more effectively first and foremost with their patients as well as with colleagues of other disciplines, the community, the media, funders and policymakers.
Dr. Kaplan-Liss is from the nationally acclaimed Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, where she was the Founding Medical Program Director. Dr. Kaplan-Liss will be able to incorporate the communication curriculum within the medical school and beyond, reaching the Fort Worth Community, UNTHSC and TCU through a plan to develop Fort Worth’s Center for Empathetic Communication. Dr. Kaplan-Liss is also voluntary faculty at Stony Brook Medicine as a Clinical Associate Professor in the Program in Public Health and the Department of Family, Population & Preventive Medicine and continues to be a medical consultant for Alda Communication Training (ACT) in New York City and the Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University.
During her almost fourteen year tenure at Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism and School of Medicine, in their Program and Public Health and adjunct faculty in their School of Journalism where she launched the Advanced Graduate Certificate in Health Communication and co-created the Master’s Program in Health & Science Journalism. In 2009 she began developing curriculum and speaking nationally on behalf of Stony Brook’s Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science where she became the founding Medical Program Director for the Alda Center and served on their steering committee.