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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

Koerwer’s tenure marked by significant growth in student enrollment and revenue, successful strategic planning and fundraising

V. Scott Koerwer, PhD, EdD, vice president for strategy, planning and communication and vice dean for graduate education, announced today that at the end of the semester he will return to the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) faculty to continue his research and teaching following his five-year tenure leading the GCSOM graduate school.

Dr. Koerwer led GCSOM to historic levels of growth in graduate student enrollment during his tenure. He was one of the principal architects of GCSOM’s strategic plan and fundraising campaign. Most notably, he led the establishment of GCSOM’s School of Graduate Education, conceptualizing and structuring the academic portfolio to include six-degree programs and six certificate programs, and expanding the student population to more than 300 students, online and at two campuses.

Dr. Koerwer began his engagement with GCSOM in 2014 as a consultant for the Campaign for Scholarships and Innovation, playing a key strategic role in the institution raising more than $25 million. During his tenure, in addition to leading the School of Graduate Education, he oversaw the Office of Marketing & Communications and founded the Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness, while leading GCSOM’s recent successful reaccreditation by the Middle States Commission for Higher Education.

“I am proud to have recruited Dr. Koerwer, with his diverse and significant talents,” said Steven J. Scheinman, MD, president and dean of GCSOM. “He has added tremendous value to the school, our students and our community. I look forward to honoring Dr. Koerwer, who will retain his faculty title and role, for his achievements,” Dr. Scheinman added. “He assembled highly-talented teams in each of his areas of responsibility and these teams are poised to continue our forward trajectory.”


About Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) is a member of the Geisinger family. GCSOM offers a community-based model of medical education with campuses in Danville, Lewistown, Scranton, Sayre and Wilkes-Barre. Geisinger Commonwealth offers Doctor of Medicine (MD) and a portfolio of graduate degrees. The school’s innovative curriculum, focused on caring for people in the context of their lives and their community, attracts the next generation of physicians and scientists from within its region, as well as from across the state and the nation. Geisinger Commonwealth is committed to non-discrimination in all employment and educational opportunities. Visit

About Geisinger
Geisinger is among the nation’s leading providers of value-based care, serving 1.2 million people in urban and rural communities across Pennsylvania. Founded in 1915 by philanthropist Abigail Geisinger, the non-profit system generates $10 billion in annual revenues across 134 care sites - including 10 hospital campuses, and Geisinger Health Plan, with 600,000 members in commercial and government plans. The Geisinger College of Health Sciences educates more than 5,000 medical professionals annually and conducts more than 1,400 clinical research studies. With 26,000 employees, including 1,600 employed physicians, Geisinger is among Pennsylvania’s largest employers with an estimated economic impact of $14 billion to the state’s economy. On March 31, 2024, Geisinger became the first member of Risant Health, a new nonprofit charitable organization created to expand and accelerate value-based care across the country.  Learn more at or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and X.

 Venard Scott Koerwer, EdD
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
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