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Esposito, Karin C., MD, PhD

Title: Executive Associate Dean; Professor

Office: AHC2 390, W2

Phone: 305-348-0644


Department(s): Office of Student Affairs

Dr. Esposito is Executive Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. She has held previous roles at FIU as Associate Dean for Curriculum and Medical Education and as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Dr. Esposito was also the founding program director for the psychiatry residency at Citrus Health Network. Prior to coming to FIU, Dr. Esposito was the Associate Chief Medical Officer for Mental Health and Ambulatory Services at Jackson Health System in Miami, Florida. She was on the faculty of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine for 10 years, where she served in multiple roles including Associate Residency Training Director for psychiatry and Vice-Chair of a biomedical sciences IRB Committee. Dr. Esposito received her PhD in biochemistry and her MD from the University of Miami and completed her residency training in psychiatry at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Her research interests have spanned basic and clinical research, education research, and hospital-based quality improvement research.

Education and Training:

  • Chief Resident, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Jackson Memorial Hospital/ University of Miami, Miami, Florida
  • Residency, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Miami/ Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Florida
  • MD, University of Miami School of Medicine, Coral Gables, Florida
  • PhD, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida
  • BS, Biology, Summa Cum Laude, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida


  • ELAM (Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine) Fellowship - 2011-2012
  • Outstanding Educator Award, North Dade Chamber of Commerce - 2011
  • NIMH Outstanding Resident Award - 1998
  • PRITE Fellowship, American College of Psychiatrists - 1998
  • Endocrine Society Young Investigator Award - 1991
  • Phi Beta Kappa - 1986


  • Alonso, M., Jardon, M., Pizarro, M., Castellanos, D., Aponte, X., Esposito, K., & Foster, A. (2017). The Community Value of Academic Psychiatry: The Development of a Psychiatry Residency Program in a Federally Qualified Health Center. Academic Psychiatry,42(4), 572-577. doi:10.1007/s40596-017-0724-2
  • Greer, P. J., Brown, D. R., Brewster, L. G., Lage, O. G., Esposito, K. F., Whisenant, E. B., . . . Rock, J. A. (2017). Socially accountable medical education: An innovative approach at Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. Academic Medicine. doi:10.1097/ACM.0000000000001811
  • Lomis, K., Amiel, J. M., Ryan, M. S., Esposito, K., Green, M., Stagnaro-Green, A., . . . Mejicano, G. C. (2017). Implementing an Entrustable Professional Activities Framework in Undergraduate Medical Education. Academic Medicine,92(6), 765-770. doi:10.1097/acm.0000000000001543