Ronald Edelstein, Ed.D.


Ronald Edelstein, EdD was appointed Interim Dean for the College of Science and Health November 2014. Prior to this appointment, he was Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Medicine at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU). Dr. Edelstein previously served as Associate Provost, Dean of Academic Affairs, Acting Dean and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in the College of Medicine. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Edelstein holds a dual appointment in the UCLA School of Medicine in conjunction with the joint CDU/UCLA Medical Education Program.

Dr. Edelstein has served at CDU since 1978. He is an educational psychologist and clinical psychologist and received his doctorate in educational psychology at UCLA. Dr. Edelstein’s research interests include: medical education, memory and learning theory; medical informatics; instructional design and evaluation; and behavioral science in medical education. His research includes work with the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) evaluating their pilot computerized clinical simulation examination, and the PEW Foundation Health of the Public Program developing new models of medical education.

Dr. Edelstein has served on national committees for organizations including the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) as the Western Regional Representative for the Continuing Medical Education Committee. He has also participated in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) invited conference, “Health Professions Education Summit”, held to “discuss and help the committee develop strategies for restructuring clinical education to be consistent with the principles of the 21st-century health system”.

Dr. Edelstein was part of a CDU research team that published the finding of a multi-year assessment of the CDU/UCLA Medical Education Program published in the Journal of Academic Medicine and Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Dr. Edelstein has received Charles Drew Medical Students recognition awards and was selected as one of the recipients of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Award for Excellence in Education for work with the DREW/UCLA Medical Education program.