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Robert Hernandez, Jr., MD

Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Education

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Robert L. Hernandez, Jr., MD, a physician, executive administrator and medical educator with more than 25 years of experience in undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education, is the vice dean for academic affairs and education at the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV.

For three years prior to joining the Kerkorian School of Medicine in March 2021, Dr. Hernandez served as founding associate dean for academic affairs at the Khalifa University College of Medicine and Health Sciences in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He has also been an executive administrator with the Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine.

A graduate of The Johns Hopkins University, he received his MD from the Tulane University School of Medicine, where he also completed an internal medicine residency.

Awarded an appointment to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society while at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Hernandez was also named to the Iron Arrow Honor Society at the University of Miami, the highest honor bestowed at the school. At both the Miami and the Tulane University School of Medicine, his teaching was recognized. At Florida International University, he was named a Top Scholar and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Southern Group on Student Affairs presented him with the Robert “Bob” Sabalis Award for Exemplary Service.

His scholarship includes five book chapters and articles published in Dermatologic Therapy and Academic Medicine, the peer-reviewed journal of the AAMC.