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Nancy Ryan Lowitt, MD, EdM

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs & Professional Development

Academic Title:

Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:


Additional Title:

Director, Culture Transformation Initiative


Bressler Research Building, 14-017 655 W. Baltimore Street Baltimore, MD 21201

Phone (Primary):

(410) 706-3681

Phone (Secondary):

(410) 706-8734


(410) 706-3103

Education and Training

1978  A.B. Cum Laude, Middlebury College, Middlebury VT  

1979  Ed.M., Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, Cambridge MA

1987  M.D.,  George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington DC

1987-1990,  Internal Medicine Resident, New England Deaconess Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston MA

1992-1994,  Fellow in General Internal Medicine, Clinician Educator Track, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore MD

1993-1994,  Facilitator-in-Training, Johns Hopkins Faculty Development Program in Teaching Skills, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore MD

1995-1996,  Facilitator-in-Training, Johns Hopkins Faculty Development Program in Curriculum Development, Johns Hopking School of Medicine, Baltimore MD


After training in General Internal Medicine first as a resident at the Harvard Medical School program at the New England Deaconess Hospital and then as a Fellow at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the General Internal Medicine Clinician Educator Track, I served as Assistant then Associate then Program Director of the General Internal Residency Program at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and as a teaching attending in a primary care clinical practice.  I was elected to Fellowship in the American College of Physicians in 1997.  In 1998 I joined the Department of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine as Assistant Professor, and was appointed Associate Dean of Graduate and Continuing Medical Education.  I am currently Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development.

In addition to maintaining compliance with ACCME Accreditation Criteria, the SOM Program in CME achieved Accreditation with Commendation under my leadership in 2013.

In 2005 I was asked to add Faculty Development to our CME Portfolio of Programs.  Our office organizes a mandatory New Faculty Orientation for 150 new faculty each year.  The Program offers workshops in teaching skills and professional development open to all faculty, residents and fellows.  I have served in regional and national leadership roles in the AAMC's Group on Educational Affairs CME Section. 

I have been active in educational program develeopment and assessment locally, regionally and nationally in Faculty Development.  The SOM Teaching Portfolio for Promotion Curriculum is one that has been presented nationally and disseminated and adopted at other institutions since 2002.  I serve as an external reviewer for the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators and have served as members of national concensus conferences on Educational Scholarship convened by the AAMC.  I continue to teach workshops and provide individual consultation in development of the Teaching Portfolio and the Clinical Portfolio.

In recent years I have taken on the role of the Chief Conflict of Interest Officer for the SOM.  I have been responsible for developing policy consistent with national guidelines and State and Federal Law regarding Conflict of Interest.  These are considered model policies with the letter grade "A" by the American Medical Student Association.  We regularly conduct workshops for faculty and departments on identifying, disclosing, managing and reporting industry relationships and financial conflicts of interest. I serve as a member of the AAMC's Forum on Conflict of Interest in Academe.

Research/Clinical Keywords

Medical Education, Medical Education Outcomes, Faculty Development

Highlighted Publications

Keay TJ, Alexander C, McNally K, Crusse B, Eger R, Hawtin C, Lowitt, NR, Ross D.  Adult Education in Palliative Care for Nursing Facility Physicians: Design and Pilot Test.  J Palliative Med 1998;3:457-463.

Kazin RA, Lowitt NR, Lowitt MH. Update in Dermatology. Ann Intern Med 2001 Jul 17;135(2):124-32

Lowitt NR, Assessment of an Integrated Curriculum in Radiology.  Academic Medicine, Sept 2002; 77(9):933

Tian J, Atkinson NL, Portnoy B, Lowitt NR, The Development of a Theory-based Instrument to Evaluate the Effectiveness of Continuing Medical Education. Academic Medicine, September 2010: Vol 85 Issue 9, pp 1518-1525

Price D, Wagner D, Krane NK, Rougas S, Lowitt N, Offodile R, Easdown LJ, Andrews M, Kodner C, Lypson M, Barnes B, What are the implications of implementation science for medical education? Medical Education Online April 2015: Vol 20:27003