Committee Chair

Clifford D. Packer, MD, FACP

Current Chair (2018-2021)

Clifford Packer at his desk
Clifford D. Packer, MD, FACP

Clifford D. Packer, MD, FACP is an internist and clinician-educator at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, and Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He is a long time medicine clerkship director and developed a case reporting curriculum with his students that has produced numerous published case reports and abstracts over the past ten years. He is the author of more than 40 peer-reviewed articles and two books, Writing Case Reports: A Practical Guide from Conception through Publication (Springer, 2017) with co-authors Gabrielle Berger and Somnath Mookherjee, and Presenting Your Case: A Concise Guide for Medical Students (Springer, 2019).

Professor Packer has a broad range of interests in medical education, including high-value care, service-learning, and medical humanities in addition to his scholarly work with case reports. He is a member of the CDIM Survey and Scholarship Committee and the Ohio ACP Student and Resident Abstract Committees and was appointed Chair of the Committee on Medical Education at CWRU School of Medicine in 2018. He received the Evelyn V. Hess Master Teacher Award from the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Physicians in 2017 and was elected as a faculty member to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society in 2011.

Professor Packer graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 1988 and completed his internal medicine residency at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1991. He is board certified in internal medicine. 

Past Chairs

Susan Stagno, MD  (2015-2018)
Keith B. Armitage, MD  (2012-2015)
Joseph C. LaManna, PhD (2009-2012)
Murray D. Altose, MD (2006-2009)