speaker bio:
Evonne Kaplan-Liss, MD, MPH

Dr. Evonne Kaplan-Liss is Assistant Dean of Narrative Reflection and Patient Communication at the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine in Fort Worth, a newly accredited medical school scheduled to open in July 2019. This is the first Dean level position in a medical school dedicated solely to training faculty and medical students to communicate more effectively first and foremost with their patients as well as with  colleagues of other disciplines, the community, the media, funders and policymakers.


Dr. Kaplan-Liss comes to TCU from the nationally acclaimed Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, where she was the Founding Medical Program Director and trained thousands of physicians and medical students to communicate with connection. Dr. Kaplan-Liss saw this innovative new medical school as a unique opportunity to transform healthcare by inspiring the next generation of medical students to be empathetic scholars by embedding communication training throughout their 4 years in pre-clinical and clinical courses and within all patient encounters.

The school’s  overarching goal is to infuse empathy and clarity training throughout a new interdisciplinary communication curriculum called The Compassionate Practice™.  With her eclectic team of actors,  journalists, narrative medicine experts and public health practitioners, Dr. Kaplan-Liss and her team will be able to seamlessly embed the communication curriculum within the medical school curriculum, as well as faculty development.