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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

SCRANTON, Pa. – Jason R. Woloski, MD, FAAFP, FCPP, has been named academic chair of Geisinger College of Health Sciences’ newly established academic Family Medicine Department. The academic chairs of each department are appointed by Julie Byerley, MD, MPH, president of the college and dean of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, for the purpose of championing their discipline and its faculty. With the appointment, Dr. Woloski is now a member of the College Executive Committee.
“I am delighted that Dr. Woloski has accepted the position as chair of our college’s new Family Medicine Department,” Dr. Byerley said. “Our strategic plan calls us to create a primary care center of excellence as we advance a uniquely Geisinger education. The Geisinger-specific curriculum is one that meets the needs of the system and larger community and is focused on delivering value-based care. Dr. Woloski is an outstanding representative of family medicine and its contributions to research, education and advocacy.”
“I’m honored to serve our college and its students as department chair,” Dr. Woloski said. “We recognize that family medicine is the cornerstone of value-based care, where the outcome we care about most is prevention. I look forward to working with college leaders to continue to elevate research targeting our communities’ health needs. Together we can implement new strategies to improve outcomes everywhere.”
As academic chair of the college’s Department of Family Medicine, Dr. Woloski will be responsible, with the faculty, for developing department academic programs. In addition, he will advance the research mission and cultivate a respectful, inclusive academic culture consistent with the mission and vision of Geisinger College of Health Sciences while concurrently building our national reputation in that space. As a member of the College Executive Committee, he will represent family medicine within the leadership of the college. Dr. Woloski will partner with the other leaders in primary care, especially Kim Kovalick, DO, Assistant Dean for primary Care, to represent family medicine as a specific primary care discipline for learner training.  
Other academic chairs for clerkship disciplines are:
• Pediatrics: Frank Maffei, MD
• OB/GYN: Sandy Culbertson, MD
• Surgery: Denise Torres, MD
• Internal Medicine: Kenric Maynor, MD
• Psychiatry: Imad Melhem, MD
• Neurology: Neil Holland, MD
• Emergency Medicine: To be identified soon 
Frequently cited by students for excellence in teaching and willingness to mentor, Dr. Woloski has a long association with education at Geisinger. He is an associate professor of family medicine at GCSOM and assistant program director for the Geisinger Kistler Family Medicine Residency Program in Wilkes-Barre. He is a board-certified family physician who continues to see patients of all ages. His clinical interests include resident/medical student education, primary care advocacy/access to care, outpatient procedures and women’s health. He attended Drexel University, where he received his medical degree, followed by residency at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, where he served as chief resident. Dr. Woloski is the past president and current board chair for the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians and the current President of the Northeast Counties Medical Society. He is also the family medicine representative to the Pennsylvania Medical Society Board of Trustees, adjunct clinical faculty for the Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy and the medical director for the Wilkes-Barre Area School District. Dr. Woloski practices at Geisinger’s South Wilkes-Barre campus.

About Geisinger College of Health Sciences
Geisinger College of Health Sciences is the research and education arm of the Geisinger family. Geisinger is committed to making better health easier for the more than 1 million people it serves. Founded more than 100 years ago by Abigail Geisinger, the system now includes 10 hospital campuses, a health plan with more than half a million members, and the College. The College houses a Research Institute, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Geisinger School of Nursing and the School of Graduate Education, in addition to Geisinger graduate medical education programs and its Academy of Educators. The College is committed to non-discrimination in all employment and educational opportunities. Visit

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