Clemens serves as new dean of Trion Brooks College of Health Professions

Lisa Clemens, MD, a longtime medical professional with extensive ties to health education and the Fort Wayne area, has joined Trine University as Dr. Earl D. and Melanie Brooks Dean of the School of Health Professions.

“Dr. Clemens’ experience and connections in the health professions, as well as her deep roots in Fort Wayne, make her a perfect fit for this role,” said Trine University President Dr. John Shannon.

“As we continue to grow and expand the offerings at Tryon University’s Brooks School of Health Professions, I am confident that her leadership and insight will enable us to help more students succeed in a broader range of fields, leading and serving health care field”.

academic and administrative officers

As dean, Clemens serves as the academic and administrative officer for the Brooks School of Health Professions.

Her responsibilities include overseeing the college’s strategic plan and budget; student recruitment, retention, and placement; accreditation; and outcomes evaluation.

She will oversee all departments within the Brooks College of Health Professions, assess needs and coordinate the development of instructional programs and courses, oversee college-specific grant proposals and manage grant funds in coordination with the Trion University Development Office, represent the college on academic committees, coordinate faculty Recruitment jobs and recommendations for appointment of academic staff.

“Like everyone in Fort Wayne, I am excited to see progress on the new facility at Brooks College of Health Professions, and I am honored to lead Trine University’s efforts to equip and prepare more quality health care professionals who will make the Positive contributions have an impact on the region’s economy, quality of life and physical health,” she said.

Clemens graduated from New Haven High School and has been working as a physician assistant at Parkview Health since 2010.

Most recently, she served as Director of Provider Professional Development and Director of Simulation Education at Parkview. In this role, she leads a team of provider educators and simulation educators in conducting professional development and onboarding needs assessments for Parkview service lines and external clients. She also plans and executes professional development courses and events for physicians and advanced practice providers and oversees accreditation and research efforts for accredited educational institutions.

She holds a Doctor of Medical Science with a concentration in Education from AT Still University, a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and an Associate of Science in Biology from St. Francis University, and a Certificate in Designing and Implementing Simulation-Based Mastery of Learning from Northwestern University.

Health education in the past ten years

The Brooks School of Health Professions began with the university’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, which launched in fall 2014 on the Parkview Randallia Hospital campus, which is currently home to the Trine Health Professions program. It has since added programs in physician assistant studies, nursing and surgical technology.

The Dr. Earl and Melanie Brooks College of Health Professions facility, scheduled to open in fall 2024, was developed in close collaboration with Parkview Health. It will employ 100 faculty and staff and serve nearly 700 students. The new space will allow the Brooks School of Health Professions to add new programs, including occupational therapy.

The new facility will provide state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories and, in partnership with the Parkview Mirro Center, will create an innovative Simulated Patient Care Center (SimCenter), including simulated surgeries, emergency room suites, and exam rooms and patient rooms. The building will also contain ample student support resources, including a library, gathering areas, academic support and counseling services.

In September, Tryon University purchased an additional 43 acres from Parkview Health to continue growing its health professions program following the opening of the Brooks College of Health Professions facility.

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