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Hernandez, Robert Leonard

Title: Executive Associate Dean for Student Affairs; and Associate Professor

Office: AHC2 387

Phone: 305-348-0644


Department(s): Student Affairs

Dr. Hernandez joined the Dean's executive administrative team of the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine in July 2013. As the Executive Associate Dean for Student Affairs he is responsible for all functions of the Office of Student Affairs, including recruitment, admissions, grades and records, financial aid, health and wellness, professional development, career guidance, and student activities and organizations.

Dr. Hernandez graduated with a B.S. in Biology from the Johns Hopkins University in 1986. He earned his M.D. and completed his residency training at Tulane University School of Medicine. He is board certified in Internal Medicine. Upon completion of his year as a chief resident in Internal Medicine, he joined the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1994 as an assistant professor of clinical medicine. He shortly built a thriving practice in general internal medicine, and routinely attended on the medicine wards at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

During his 20 year career, Dr. Hernandez has been involved in undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education. He has served as an instructor, course director, assistant dean for curriculum, associate dean for student affairs, and senior associate dean for medical student administration. As evidence of his long-standing commitment to fostering professionalism, Dr. Hernandez pioneered a comprehensive professionalism program at the UM Miller School of Medicine designed to monitor, evaluate and improve the professional behavior of medical students. He has presented the program to national audiences of medical educators. In 2003 he was inducted into Iron Arrow, the highest honor attained at the University of Miami, and in 2005 he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. In 2008 he was promoted to associate professor.

Since joining the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine in November 2011, Dr. Hernandez has worked on the development of a professionalism advocacy program. He has also implemented a four-year career guidance program and helped establish services and support to assist students with the transition from medical school to residency training.

Dr. Hernandez has achieved national recognition and standing in medical education. He has given more than thirty presentations at regional and national meetings of medical educators. From 2008 to 2012 he served as an officer of the Southern Group on Student Affairs (GSA) of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). He is currently serving a five year term as an officer with the National GSA Steering Committee of the AAMC.Â