Termuhlen named regional campus dean for Duluth

Paula Termuhlen, M.D.

With a passion for helping underserved, rural communities meet their health care needs, Paula Termuhlen, M.D., now plays a leading role in supporting that mission as regional campus dean for the Medical School’s Duluth campus.

“I strongly believe we need to build a workforce that looks like the people we serve,” Termuhlen says. “We have a great opportunity to attract students, support them through school, train them, and return them to their communities. This is an extremely important goal and one that the Duluth campus is uniquely qualified to address.”

Termuhlen, who began in her new role on March 31, succeeds Alan Johns, M.D., M.Ed., who was named interim regional campus dean in July. Johns will resume his role as Duluth’s assistant dean for medical education and curriculum.

“Dr. Termuhlen brings a combination of energy and experience to this role,” says Brooks Jackson, M.D., M.B.A., dean of the Medical School. “I look forward to working with her to raise the profile of the Duluth campus and to support her efforts to build on the legacy of that campus as an innovative leader in medical education.”

Termuhlen comes to the University from the Medical College of Wisconsin, where she led the Community Medical Education Program and worked to establish regional campuses to help address workforce issues in smaller, rural communities in Wisconsin.

A graduate of the St. Louis University School of Medicine, Termuhlen completed her surgical training at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. She then completed a surgical oncology fellowship at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center before joining the faculty at the University of Nebraska. Termuhlen also has been a faculty member at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Ohio, where she became medical director of the High-Risk Breast Center.

Published on May 18, 2015