John WoodsThree leaders in the UAB School of Medicine have been tapped as interim leadership for the school’s Admissions Office, effective Aug. 1, 2016.

John Woods, M.D., assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and director of OB/Gyn Simulation; Shawn Galin, Ph.D., associate professor of Medicine and director of the Clinical Skills Center; and Lanita Carter, Ph.D., assistant professor of Medical Education and director of the Office of Medical Education and Student Services at the Huntsville Regional Medical Campus, will guide the admissions process through the duration of a national search to secure a new associate dean for admissions.

Nathan Smith, M.D., who led the admissions office for 15 years as assistant dean, will retire from the role on July 31.  He will continue practicing medicine in the UAB Department of Psychiatry.

Because this is a large role to fill in an interim capacity, school leaders developed a plan to split the role into three positions to address different areas of the admissions pipeline, said Craig Hoesley, M.D., senior associate dean for Medical Education and chair of the Department of Medical Education.

“John, Lanita and Shawn are each exceptional leaders, and I’m pleased they are willing to lead during this transition,” Hoesley said.

Each of the three will work closely with Hadyn Swecker, Ph.D., director of Admissions.

Written by Kendra Carter