The Roland “Red” Hiss Lectureship

Roland Hiss

The Roland "Red" Hiss Lectureship was established in 2017 in honor of Roland “Red” Hiss, M.D. (1932 - 2016). Dr. Hiss was a Professor of Internal Medicine, Professor and Chair of Medical Education (now the Department of Learning Health Sciences), and Director of Extramural Education in the University of Michigan Medical School. The annual lectureship invites a leader in medical education to give a lecture and interact with faculty at Michigan Medicine, including faculty of the Medical Education Scholars Program (MESP). In honor of Dr. Hiss’ passion for continuing medical education, the Hiss Memorial Lectureship is intended to share innovations in medical education, provide MESP participants with an opportunity to discuss their work and interests with a national expert, and enable faculty to share advances taking place at Michigan Medicine with the visiting scholars.

This year's Hiss Lecture is on Tuesday, June 4, 2024 at the Michigan Union.

Keynote speaker: Geoffrey V. Stetson, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Medical Education

University of Illinois College of Medicine  

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About Roland "Red" Hiss, M.D.

Roland "Red" Hiss attended the University of Michigan, where he received both his B.S. and M.D. degrees in 1955 and 1957, respectively. Following an internship at Philadelphia General Hospital (1957-58), service in the US Air Force (1958-61), and a residency (1961-64) and hematology fellowship (1964-65) at the University of Michigan, he became an assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan in 1966. From there he became an assistant professor in the Department of Postgraduate Medicine and Health Professions Education (renamed Medical Education in 1995 and Learning Health Sciences in 2013) and later served as Department Chair and Professor of Medical Education until retiring in 2003. As Chair of the Department of Medical Education, he strived to make continuing medical education of healthcare professionals as systematic and effective as classroom and clinical training of students and residents. In 2002, the University of Michigan Medical School awarded him the Lifetime Achievement in Medical Education Award. Along with practicing hematology, Hiss was passionate about improving diabetes care by translating research findings into community-based care for diabetes. He served as Chief of the Demonstration and Education Division and Director of the Continuing Education and Outreach Core at the Michigan Diabetes Research and Training Center. At the national level, for the National Institutes of Health, he served  on the Steering Committees of the National Diabetes Advisory Board for Patient Education Initiatives and the National Diabetes Education Program. 


Donations can be made toward the The Roland "Red" Hiss Lectureship Fund here





Roland "Red" Hiss Lecture, June 6, 2023


Laura Hirshfield, PhD

 Keynote speaker: Laura Hirshfield, PhD

Inaugural Dr. Georges Bordage Medical Education Faculty Scholar

and Associate Professor

Department of Medical Education

University of Illinois College of Medicine

Lecture Title: "Improving Academic Medicine Pathways for Underrepresented Physicians: The case for a shift in focus from individuals to the profession" 

Laura E. Hirshfield is the inaugural Dr. Georges Bordage Medical Education Faculty Scholar and Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Education in the University of Illinois College of Medicine, where she is the Director of the Doctoral Program in Health Professions Education and the associate program director for the Masters in Health Professions Education program. She is also a faculty affiliate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, having received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Michigan. A sociologist and ethnographer by training, Dr. Hirshfield is broadly interested in social interaction, identity, education, science, work/organizations, and medicine. Her research investigates the impact of identity, especially gender, race, and gender identity, on the ways that individuals interact within academic and medical contexts, as well as the long-term impact of these differences on interaction style. Since becoming a medical educator, Dr. Hirshfield has also worked to highlight and strengthen the linkages between the fields of sociology and health professions education. Her work in this area includes several review articles on the topic and an upcoming special issue in Social Science & Medicine Qualitative Research in Health with the Executive Board Members of the Sociology of Health Professions Education Collaborative, a group she co-founded. Dr. Hirshfield’s research has been funded by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, the NBME’s Stemmler Fund, AAMC, and UIC's Chicago Area Study and has been published in Medical EducationSocial Science & Medicine, and JAMA Surgery, among other venues. She is also an Assistant Editor for Academic Medicine.



The inaugural Roland "Red" Hiss Lecture took place on October 4, 2018. 

 Keynote speaker: David G. Marerro, PhD

Director, University of Arizona Center for Health Disparities Research

Professor of Health Promotion Science, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health

Professor of Endocrinology, College of Medicine-Tucson 

University of Arizona Health Sciences



Lecture Title: A lecture in two parts: Roland Hiss; friend and Mentor & Addressing Diabetes Disparities in Hispanic Populations

The Inaugural Hiss Lecture was given by David G. Marrero, PhD, Director of the University of Arizona's Center for Health Disparities Research. The Center for Health Disparities Research works to develop programs and strategies to improve health and wellbeing along the U.S.-Mexico border and across the greater Southwest. Dr. Marrero, whose research has focused on medication adherence, community health programs, early diabetes intervention and translational medicine, also is professor of public health at the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, Department of Health Promotion Sciences, and professor in the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology. Dr. Marrero joined the UA Health Sciences after 20 years at Indiana University, where he served as director of its Diabetes Translational Research Center and the J.O. Ritchey Professor of Medicine.  In 2016, he served as the president for health care and education of the American Diabetes Association. His research interests also include strategies for promoting diabetes prevention, improving diabetes care practices used by primary care providers and the use of technology to facilitate care and education. His clinical interests include diabetes, obesity and coping.



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