UW School of Medicine Welcomes New Deans

Dear students,

I am delighted to introduce Dr. Gerald Tolbert, our new Assistant Dean for Student Support, and Dr. Maya Sardesai, our new Assistant Dean for Student Development, who will join the medical school in inaugural positions that support student academic performance and development. Please see their biographies below that represent only a brief overview of their exceptional backgrounds. They bring a wealth of experience and expertise in working with students to optimize student wellbeing and academic success.

Please look for a message soon for a time when you will be able to meet them ‘virtually.’ For the time being, you can reach out to them at their emails below.

UW School of Medicine Welcomes Two New Assistant Deans

Effective May 1, 2020, Gerald L. Tolbert, MD, will begin his role as the new Assistant Dean for Student Support. Dr. Tolbert is currently an assistant clinical professor of Emergency Medicine at University of Washington.

Related to his new position, Dr. Tolbert has extensive experience in student affairs. After completing his undergraduate degree at University of California San Diego (UCSD) he served as Assistant Director for the Early Academic Outreach Program. Dr. Tolbert ran several programs that helped students from diverse backgrounds by creating pathways to matriculation in the California university system. Prior to matriculating at UCSD, Dr. Tolbert served on board the USS Fort McHenry LSD-43 in the United States Navy during the Gulf War. Dr. Tolbert received his medical degree from Wayne State University and went on to complete a residency in Emergency Medicine at University of Illinois Chicago.

Dr. Tolbert, in his role as Assistant Dean for Student Support will serve a key role as the Foundations Dean for the Seattle campus fostering a positive learning environment for students and supporting student life and well-being through direct student . Dr. Tolbert will continue to be clinically active at Northwest Hospital in Seattle.

About his new role, Dr. Tolbert says, “I’m excited to join the team at UWSOM to continue helping create an environment where students can optimize their academic performance and become socially responsible future physicians.”

Dr. Tolbert can be reached at gtolbert at uw.edu

Maya Sardesai, MD, MEd will begin her new role as Assistant Dean for Student Development on July 1, 2020. Dr. Sardesai is currently an Associate Professor in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Washington.

With a master’s degree in Higher Ed from the University of Toronto coupled with a long history in medical education for the UW School of Medicine (UWSOM) spanning pre-clinical, clerkship, and graduate medical education, Dr. Sardesai is well equipped to take on this inaugural position. Dr. Sardesai has served as a College faculty member is currently the clerkship site director for Otolaryngology at Harborview Medical Center, and Associate Program Director for the UWSOM Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Residency program. Dr. Sardesai completed her undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, and worked as an engineer before beginning medical school. She is a graduate of the Queen’s University School of Medicine in Kingston, Canada, and completed residency at Western University in London, Canada. She did specialty training in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Toronto, and in Laryngology at the University of Washington. In 2010 Dr. Sardesai joined the faculty at Harborview Medical Center and has also worked at the Puget Sound Veterans Affairs Hospital for the past several years.

Dr. Maya Sardesai, in her role as Assistant Dean for Student Development will serve a key role in overseeing and supporting the academic and career programs for medical students throughout their tenure in medical school, in collaboration with the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. Dr. Sardesai will continue to be active clinically at Harborview Medical Center.

“I am excited for the opportunity to collaborate with students, staff, faculty, administration and leadership teams across the WWAMI region,” said Dr. Sardesai. “I look forward to supporting and enhancing Student Affairs programs that promote academic and career success for all UWSOM students.”

Dr. Sardesai can be reached at sardesai at uw.edu

Raye Maestas, MD
Associate Dean, Student Affairs UW SOM
Professor, Department of Family Medicine
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