Academic Leadership

Executive Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs - Dr. Robert Mallin

Robert Mallin, MD – University Provost

Dr. Mallin graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in 1981 and finished a residency in Family Medicine at the same institution in 1984.

He was a tenured professor at the Medical University of South Carolina and a staff physician in hospitals throughout South Carolina. He is the recipient of the Teacher of the Year Trident/MUSC Family Medicine Residency award, Golden Oyster Teaching Award MUSC/Trident Family Medicine Residency Program, Navy Achievement Medal for lifesaving medical services rendered to an injured sailor, and numerous Teacher of the Month awards.

Professor of Surgery and Provost - Dr. Seymour SchwartzSeymour Schwartz, MD, Professor of Surgery and College of Medicine Provost
Vice President of Global Medical Education and Executive Dean of Clinical Sciences - Dr. Peter BellPeter Bell, MD, Vice President of Global Medical Education and Executive Dean of Clinical Sciences

Samuel LeBaronSamuel LeBaron, MD, PhD, Executive Dean of Basic Sciences

Before entering medical school, Dr. LeBaron received a PhD in Clinical Psychology and worked for several years at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He was author or co-author of numerous articles, chapters, and a book related to the management of pain in children. He then attended medical school at the University of Calgary, Canada and completed a residency in Family Medicine in San Jose, California.

He then accepted a position at Stanford School of Medicine where he developed the first Stanford clerkship in Family Medicine. During his 20 years at Stanford he received numerous awards for clinical teaching, advising, and mentoring of student research projects.

Dr. LeBaron had a central mission during his career at Stanford University: To help students achieve the highest standards of clinical knowledge and care. Besides teaching students in the Stanford Family Medicine Clinic, he was also a preceptor for several years at a local free clinic. He also brought students to provide care to those who lost homes in the Loma Prieta earthquake, Hurricane Katrina, and other and other groups without a safety net.

In his capacity as a clinical preceptor and as director of the core clerkship in Family Medicine, he always held high expectations for students to learn basic clinical skills and knowledge balanced by a deep understanding of ethics, the realities of death and loss, and the role of spirituality and meaning in medicine. His efforts to teach these values led in 2003 to what he considers two of the greatest honors, both of which were student-initiated: An award for “Compassion in Medicine” at Stanford, and a national award (Association of American Medical Colleges) for “Humanism In Medicine.”

Dr. LeBaron has previously served as AUA’s Chair of the Department of Clinical Medicine from 2012 to 2014.

Vice President for Administrative Services & Community Affairs Director – Emergency Medicine Training Centre & Clinical Simulations AHA ITC Programs Director - Vernon SolomonVernon Solomon, AHA, ITC, EMTC – Vice President for Administration and Community Affairs and Director of EMTC

Professor Vernon Solomon completed his BSc in respiratory therapy, and his studies continued with a focus on critical and prehospital care. He completed his MSc with honors, with a special emphasis on Health Administration, Health Promotion and Wellness Education. He also studied polosomnography at the Stanford School of Sleep Medicine.

Professor Solomon joined AUA in 2007. He was an American Heart Association ECC instructor within the AUA Emergency Medicine Training Centre (EMTC). His passion for emergency medicine and prehospital care drove him to advance AUA’s EMTC programs to include courses in paramedicine, and he worked to establish AUA’s first state-of-the-art Clinical Skills and Simulation Lab. As Director of the Department of Clinical Simulations, Professor Solomon and his team utilize realistic, skillfully designed scenarios, to promote deliberate practice and integrated learning for AUA’s first and second year medical students.

Professor Solomon has completed research on risk factor surveillance and health education programs in small and/or rural communities. He started student led organizations to raise awareness on NCDs, Asthma, and Emergency Medicine, and works closely with students and faculty to raise community awareness on a wide range of health related topics. He is currently the host of a local talk show called Healthy Perspectives that aims to empower all Caribbean citizens to tackle today’s most pressing health challenges, while fighting to end health inequalities.

Recently appointed as Vice President for Administrative Services and Community Affairs, Professor Solomon oversees the university’s administrative support services, ensuring they remain aligned with the academic goals of the institution, while also restructuring to ensure increased productivity, decreased spending, and an enhanced campus experience for all AUA students.