Assistant Dean Director of Indiana University School of Medicine - Northwest
Dr. Pat Bankston received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1973. After a short stint at the former Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, he joined the Indiana University School of Medicine faculty in 1978 as an Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology. He has spent his entire career as an educator, researcher and administrator at the Northwest Center, rising through the academic ranks, to become Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology in 1991. His research career has focused on endothelial cell biology where he has published numerous research papers, including one collaborating with a Nobel Prize recipient. He supervised the training of three Ph.D. students in his laboratory. He has been active in medical education pedagogy, especially in the areas of Problem-based Learning and Competency Education. Administratively, he has served on every named committee at the Northwest Center and many statewide committees. In 1996 he became one of the pioneering designers of the School of Medicine Competency-enhanced Curriculum and served as one of nine statewide Competency Directors responsible for design and implementation of this innovative and nationally recognized curriculum. He was appointed Assistant Dean and Director of Indiana University School of Medicine - Northwest in 2005.