Dr. Thomas Nasca, chief executive officer of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), will speak at the UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences’ commencement ceremony Friday, June 7, at 2 p.m. at Stranahan Theater.There are more than 200 students who are candidates for degrees; this includes 156 students who will receive doctor of medicine degrees, including three who also will receive certificates, one who also will receive a master’s in public health, and one who also will receive a PhD in biomedical sciences.
Five students will earn a PhD in biomedical sciences, and 58 will receive master’s degrees, including two who also will receive certificates. One student will receive a combined master of public health and master of occupational health degree, and eight students are candidates for certificates.
Nasca will receive an honorary doctor of science degree at the ceremony.
“As the practice of health care changes, so too will the methods we use to educate the next generation of doctors. As the CEO of the ACGME, Dr. Thomas Nasca has unique insight into what the future holds for an industry very much in flux,” said Dr. Jeffrey P. Gold, chancellor and executive vice president for biosciences and health affairs, and dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences.
“We are honored to welcome Dr. Nasca to The University of Toledo as a new class of physicians and health professionals embark on their careers.”
In addition to his current role, Nasca is the chief executive officer of the ACGME International and a professor of medicine at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. Involved in medical education since 1981, Nasca has served as chair and residency program director of the Department of Medicine and director of medical services at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh.
He served in the role of vice chair of the Department of Medicine at Jefferson Medical College and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where he was responsible for the medical student, residency and fellowship educational programs. He also served as the associate dean for education and research, the associate dean for academic affairs and affiliations, and then was appointed the senior vice president for academic affairs and dean of Jefferson Medical College and president of Jefferson University Physicians.
Named the first Anthony F. and Gertrude M. DePalma Dean of Jefferson Medical College, Nasca left the deanship in 2007 to assume the leadership of the ACGME.
Nasca has served in various leadership roles on the Council of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine, the Nephrology Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program for the American College of Physicians, the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine, the Federated Council for Internal Medicine, the Residency Review Committee for Internal Medicine, and the Council on Graduate Medical Education of the Department of Health and Human Services and the United States Congress.
He has received numerous awards, including the Dema C. Daley Founders Award for Excellence in Internal Medical Education from the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine, the Rev. Clarence Shaffrey S.J. Award from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and the Jefferson Medical College Alumni Achievement Award. He was named one of the 50 most powerful physician executives in 2009, 2010 and 2011 by Modern Healthcare. Nasca is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, chapters and other publications, and has delivered more than 300 invited lectures and presentations on topics related to medical education.
Nasca graduated from the University of Notre Dame with high honors and is an Alpha Omega Alpha graduate of Jefferson Medical College. He completed his internship, residency, and was chief medical resident at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh, and completed his nephrology fellowship at Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital.