Lee Buenconsejo-Lum has been named acting dean of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), effective January 1 to February 28, 2023, and as interim dean effective March 1 to December 31, 2023. JABSOM Dean Jerris Hedges will retire in March 2023 after serving for 15 years.
“Dr. Buenconsejo-Lum is well versed with JABSOM’s operations, and I am confident that she will successfully guide JABSOM during this period of transition until a permanent dean can be hired,” said UH Mānoa Provost Michael Bruno.
Buenconsejo-Lum is JABSOM’s associate dean for academic affairs, designated institutional official and graduate medical education director.
Since joining the UH medical school as clinical teaching assistant in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health in 1994, Buenconsejo-Lum has been a teacher, leader, care provider and researcher who played an integral role in the medical school’s ascension in the U.S. News and World Report rankings.
For the last six years, Buenconsejo-Lum has been a member of the dean’s executive management team and is involved in all major strategic initiatives, with budget and policy issues, not only within the medical school and UH Mānoa, but also in partnership with the state’s health systems, and Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense partners.
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To further prepare her for this role, Buenconsejo-Lum has been selected to the Association of American Medical College’s Council of Deans (COD) Fellowship Program. Of 28 national applicants, she was one of six chosen for the highly selective COD program, colloquially known as “the dean’s school,” which develops future leaders in academic medicine.
Buenconsejo-Lum’s appointment will be included on the agenda for the November 17 Board Of Regents meeting.