Published on August 10, 2020

Karen Restifo, MD, JD, Named Inaugural Vice Dean of Drexel University College of Medicine at Tower Health

WEST READING, Pennsylvania (August 10, 2020) - Karen Restifo, MD, JD, has been named regional vice dean of Drexel University College of Medicine's Tower Health campus in West Reading, effective September 1, 2020.Karen Restifo

Dr. Restifo comes to Drexel University College of Medicine at Tower Health from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, where she served as associate dean of student affairs. During her tenure there, she helped with preparation for a Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) full accreditation site visit. She also served on numerous committees, including the Student Performance Committee, Student Affairs Committee, Medical Education Committee, Diversity Council, and the Wellness Task Force. She played a role in the development of Keck School of Medicine's new MD program curriculum.

Before her time at USC, Dr. Restifo was associate dean of student affairs at the University of Arizona College of Medicine at Phoenix, and then at the Texas Christian University and University of North Texas Health Sciences Medical School. During her time in Phoenix, she was part of the school's transition from regional campus to an independent medical school, including preparing for multiple LCME accreditation site visits. At the University of North Texas, she was involved in curriculum development and preparation for the school's preliminary LCME accreditation site visit.

Dr. Restifo was recently chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Western Group on Student Affairs, having previously served as vice chair, and chair of the group's steering committee. She has presented regionally and nationally on the topics of United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE) preparation standardized video interviewing, improvements to residency match culture, and professionalism during the transition to residency. Throughout her career, she has championed student wellness as a critical part of the process of training outstanding physicians.

"The most rewarding thing," notes Dr. Restifo, "is to work with students who will graduate as well-trained, happy, healthy professionals, ready to get out into the community and take care of patients. It's an honor to have been chosen for this position."

After earning her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Restifo attended Georgetown University School of Medicine. She completed an internship at Washington Hospital Center and an emergency medicine residency at Johns Hopkins University. After 10 years at the Yale University School of Medicine, Dr. Restifo attended the University of Connecticut School of Law. She then completed a medical ethics fellowship at Harvard Medical School in 2012.

Clint Matthews, Tower Health President and CEO added, "Tower Health is focused on taking care of all the communities we serve by fulfilling our promise of advancing health and transforming lives. Appointing Dr. Restifo regional vice dean is another important milestone in our partnership with Drexel University and in fulfilling our academic mission by educating the physicians of tomorrow.

"We are very excited about Dr. Restifo's appointment," says Drexel College of Medicine Dean Charles B. Cairns, MD. "Drexel's unique collaboration with Tower Health, a strong regional health system, is a wonderful addition to our legacy of innovation in providing high-quality medical education."

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About Tower Health

Tower Health is a strong, regional, integrated healthcare provider/payer system that offers leading-edge, compassionate healthcare and wellness services to a population of 2.5 million people. With approximately 14,000 team members, Tower Health consists of Reading Hospital in West Reading; Brandywine Hospital in Coatesville; Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia; Jennersville Hospital in West Grove; Phoenixville Hospital in Phoenixville; Pottstown Hospital in Pottstown; and St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, a partnership of Tower Health and Drexel University in Philadelphia. It also includes Reading Hospital Rehabilitation at Wyomissing; Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences in West Reading; home healthcare services provided by Tower Health at Home; and a network of 25 urgent care facilities across the Tower Health service area. Tower Health offers a connected network of 2,200 physicians, specialists, and providers across more than 230 convenient locations. For more information, visit