Joel Felner, MD

Associate Dean
Clinical Education

Dr. Felner joined the faculty of EUSM in 1974 as Assistant Professor of Medicine, rose to Professor in 1982 and became Associate Dean for Clinical Education 1985.  He graduated from Columbia College and the Cincinnati University School of Medicine, worked at the CDC for 2 years, completed a medical residency at Grady Hospital and a cardiology fellowship at EUSM.  

He wears three hats: 

  1. cardiologist at Grady, where he directed the CCU for 10 years, the echocardiography division for 32 years and the senior elective, that uses “Harvey”-the Cardiology Patient Simulator he helped develop, for 29 years;
  2. associate dean, where he has written every Dean’s Letter since 1985 with the exception of his two sons who graduated from EUSM.  He also creates the junior and senior students’ schedules, chairs the Progress and Promotions committee and counsels students concerning residency choices; and
  3. director of the sophomore pathophysiology course, since its inception in 1992 when he developed it. 

For the 4 week cardiology section he gives virtually all  16 lectures and attends each of the small group sessions.  His son will now take over the fall semester directorship of this course.  He has won numerous teaching awards included among them are those from the medical school (Papageorge), the university (Emory Williams), nationally (Robert Glaser: AOA-AAMC) and internationally (Japanese Medical Society).  He continues to devote time to research in echocardiography (blunt and penetrating cardiac trauma) and medical education and has been a consistent invitee, as a presentor and workshop director, to the international AMEE conference.