Charlene M. Dewey, MD, MED, MACP


The Joseph A. Johnson, Jr., Distinguished Leadership Professor

Assistant Dean for Educator Development

Director of the Educator Development Program

Director, Center for Professional Health

Chair, Faculty Wellness Committee

Professor of Medical Education and Administration

Professor of Medicine and Public Health

Professional Highlights

Dr. Dewey received her M.D. from the Morehouse School of Medicine (1990) where she also received the Ciba Geigy Award for Academic and Community Leadership and the Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry Achievement Awards.  Dr. Dewey completed training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center in the Residency Program in Social Internal Medicine in 1993. Dr. Dewey then joined the faculty of the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, as an Instructor of Medicine and was designated as a T. T. Chao Scholar 1993-94.  Dr. Dewey is most interested in faculty development (teaching skills and career development as clinician educators), resident teaching, and leadership skills, students' skills with physical diagnosis and history taking, and patient education. Dr. Dewey joined the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine with joint appointments in the Department of Medical Education and Administration and the Department of Medicine-Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health in September 2007. She was appointed to the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine’s Academy of Teaching Excellence, is the recipient of the Gerald S. Gotterer Award for Excellence in Teaching, is a Five-Star Physician, and has numerous teaching, leading, and community service awards. Dr. Dewey is the Assistant Dean for Educator Development and is the Director of the Center for Professional Health. She is a past Chair of the University Faculty Senate at Vanderbilt and was the first African American to hold that position. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine’s Opioid Education Committee, the American College of Physicians’ Education Committee, and the American College of Physicians’ Well-being Task Force. She is a sought-after educator for teaching skills, opioid education, and physician wellness.



MD - Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia
M.Ed. - University of Houston, Houston, Texas
B.S. - Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois
Honors and Awards