Monica Lypson, MD, MPH

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Monica Lypson MD MHPE is the Rolf H. Scholdager Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and the Vice Dean for Medical Education. She previously served as a professor, Vice-Chair of Medicine and Division Director of General Internal Medicine at The George Washington University School of Medical and Health Sciences and was President of the Society of General Internal Medicine from 2021-22. Her work focuses on innovations and improvements in health professions education and assessment, health equity, workforce diversity, faculty development, medical care delivery, and provider communication skills. Dr. Lypson's prior role in government included a position as the Director for Medical and Dental Education for the Veterans Health Administration, where she oversaw undergraduate and graduate medical education across the nation within the Department of Veteran Affairs. Dr. Lypson has held many national roles focused on health professions education, including with the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the National Board of Medical Examiners.

She is a board-certified general internist with significant leadership experience in clinical, educational, and administrative arenas. She is a clinician educator and has published over 100 peer-reviewed publications in top-tier medical education journals in the areas of resident assessment, communication skills, cultural competency education, workforce diversity and faculty development.

Dr. Lypson graduated from Brown University and received her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She completed her graduate medical training at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Internal Medicine - Primary Care, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Subsequently, she went on to complete a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program at the University of Chicago and a master’s in Health Professions Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is also a former Aspen Institute Health Innovators Fellow.

Academic Appointments

  • Rolf H. Scholdager Professor of Medicine at CUMC

Administrative Titles

  • Vice Dean for Education


  • Female

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Internship: Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Residency: Harvard Medical School
  • Fellowship: University of Chicago Medical Center

Honors & Awards

2022     "Alumna/Alumnus Educator Award" for Mass General Brigham, Boston MA
2022     Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons Virginia Apgar Academy of Medical Educators
2021     43rd Alexander Ming Fisher Lecture, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, New York, New York
2018     Saint Ignatius College Prep, Alumni Medal, Chicago, IL
2017     Edithe J. Levit Distinguished Service Award, National Board of Medical Examiners, Philadelphia, PA
2013     Society of General Internal Medicine Mid-Career Education Mentor Award