Reem Azhari, PhD, RN has been appointed to the position of Sister Gregory Krzak Endowed Chair of Interprofessional Education at Oak Point University.
In this role, Dr. Azhari will be committed to educating professionals in the College of Allied Health and the College of Nursing in preclinical/didactic education, clinical simulation, and clinical education leading to graduates who practice patient-centered, integrated team-based healthcare.
A major focus of her work will include defining the future of interprofessional education for the University and implementing intersecting degree program tracks to create a culture of collaborative educational practice. Additional components integral to this role include conducting faculty development programs, evaluating and assessing interprofessional education programs , and implementing innovative teaching models.
Dr. Reem Azhari has been a nurse leader and educator for over 20 years. She earned her master’s degree in nursing with a focus on operating room nursing education and ethics. She holds a doctorate in organizational leadership and has lectured healthcare personnel on leadership, management development, and conflict resolution. Her dissertation research focused on patient advocacy and nurses’ willingness to report wrongdoing to healthcare leadership.
Dr. Azhari has been on voluntary medical and peace missions in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and the Philippine Islands. She is currently serving her second term as the Director of International Health for the United Nations Association-Greater Chicago Chapter.
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