American University of Antigua (AUA) College of Medicine, a medical school dedicated to providing education of the highest quality, granting opportunities to underrepresented minorities and fostering a diverse academic community, has named Samuel LeBaron, M.D., Ph.D., as Executive Dean of Basic Sciences, Antigua Campus.

Dr. LeBaron, Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine, spent more than ten years as the Director of Education in Family and Community Medicine at Stanford University College of Medicine and served on the faculty for 25 years. While at Stanford, he focused on improving medical school education and spearheaded the first course on Integrative Medicine.

“Having served as the Chair of Clinical Medicine for AUA, we are pleased to welcome Dr. LeBaron back as the Executive Dean of Basic Sciences,” said AUA University Provost, Robert Mallin, M.D. “He is a dynamic leader and an authority on improving medical school education, mentoring new generations of physicians, and enhancing the quality of patient care. We look forward to his contributions in his new role including recruiting and supporting a vibrant, diverse and inclusive scientific student community.”

Dr. LeBaron earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from Michigan State University, then became Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center. He earned a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Calgary and completed his residency in Family Medicine at San Jose Medical Center in San Jose, California.

“AUA has a noble mission,” said Dr. LeBaron, “and I am honored to work alongside notable physicians, faculty, and administrators who are dedicated to supporting underserved communities and addressing the physician shortage by providing students who would otherwise be unable to receive a medical education the tools they need to become successful physicians.”

Throughout his career, Dr. LeBaron has received numerous awards for outstanding teaching and clinical work, and he has conducted research and published numerous articles related to physician-patient communication and the mind-body approach to managing chronic illness.

Dr. LeBaron will be joined by his wife, Meili Xu, L.Ac, D.A.O.M., who will join the AUA College of Medicine faculty as an assistant professor in Clinical Medicine.

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