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Edward M. Hundert, M.D.: 2002-2006

President Edward M. Hundert

Edward M. Hundert, M.D., became president of Case Western Reserve University on August 1, 2002. A nationally known scholar, educator, psychiatrist, medical ethicist, and author, President Hundert is a leader in developing innovative and effective learning experiences in higher education.

The president's impact on the university is embodied in Case's comprehensive new vision, the development of which he led. Driven by this vision, Case strives to redefine the role of the research university in the twenty-first century. Under President Hundert's leadership, Case has begun implementing the vision through programs such as SAGES (Seminar Approach to General Education and Scholarship), a new model for liberal learning. The small, interdisciplinary seminars are directed by faculty across the institution and outside of it, including President Hundert, who leads a seminar every spring.

On his inauguration day, President Hundert hosted, with then-Cleveland Mayor Jane Campbell, the national symposium "Great Universities and Their Cities," seeking stronger partnerships between universities and their host cities. Since then, he has led Case in an array of partnership initiatives, including one that has dramatically increased the number of minority- and women-owned businesses serving as contractors to Case. In October 2004, the "Race at Case" was a city-wide effort surrounding Case's hosting of the 2004 Vice Presidential Debate on campus.

President Hundert has served as a leader in the shaping of the powerful academic medical center built on Case's affiliations with all the hospital systems in Cleveland. He is behind the creation of a new unified alumni organization for the university. He also has recruited a world-class leadership team, including Case's provost and new deans.

Prior to Case, President Hundert was professor of psychiatry and medical humanities and dean of the school of medicine and dentistry at the University of Rochester, serving there from 1997 to 2002. His academic career earlier included service on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, where he held appointments in the departments of psychiatry and medical ethics from 1984 to 1997.

In 1978, President Hundert received a bachelor's degree in mathematics and the history of science and medicine from Yale University. He attended Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar, earning a master's degree in philosophy, politics, and economics. Later he earned the M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He completed a psychiatric residency at McLean Hospital in Massachusetts.

He has written numerous articles and chapters on a variety of topics in psychiatry, philosophy, medical ethics, and medical education, as well as two books: Philosophy, Psychiatry and Neuroscience: Three Approaches to the Mind (Oxford University Press, 1989), and Lessons from an Optical Illusion: On Nature and Nurture, Knowledge, and Values (Harvard University Press, 1995).

President Hundert lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio, with his wife, Mary, and their three children.

To learn more about Dr. Hundert, read the archives of his speeches and statements.

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