Colleen O'Connor Grochowski, PhD

Colleen O'Connor Grochowski, PhD
Associate Dean for Curricular Affairs
Campus mail: DUMC 3899
Phone: (919) 684-3130
Email address:

Assistant: Karen Tesoriero

​Colleen O. Grochowski, Ph.D., currently serves as Associate Dean for Curricular Affairs and Assistant Professor of the Practice of Medical Education for the Duke University School of Medicine. With more than 30 years of experience in health sciences and medical education leadership, Dr. Grochowski is responsible for the development, implementation, and ongoing renewal of the School of Medicine’s innovative four-year curriculum. She also is responsible for the delivery and implementation of the Foundation for Excellence curriculum in Duke’s graduate medical school in Singapore (Duke-NUS).

Dr. Grochowski earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Arizona. Her research focuses on innovation in medical education, particularly methods for facilitating curricular reform and for effectively funding educational programs. She has been principal investigator on several major grants to study curriculum models and the medical student research experience.

Dr. Grochowski participated in the development of a comprehensive curriculum management system that also provides an automated model for the rational distribution of funding for Duke’s integrated curriculum. She facilitated the implementation of a new curriculum at Duke which has been instrumental in the adoption of team-based learning. She also has worked collaboratively with colleagues across the University to create resources and programs for faculty interested in health professions education. This work culminated in the creation of the Duke Academy for Health Professions Education and Academic Development (Duke AHEAD), which launched in 2013.

Dr. Grochowski is recognized for her expertise in learning space design and construction. She was instrumental in the construction of the Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Center for Health Education, a 104,000-square-foot health education center for the Duke University School of Medicine. She also is founder of the Inter-professional Collaboration in Education group at Duke University which fosters collaboration among the graduate health professions programs at Duke. In 2001, she has received the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Award for Innovation in Medical Education.