Erin L McKean, MD, MBA, FACS
Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Professor of Neurosurgery
Assistant Dean for Student Services
Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
1500 E. Medical Center Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5312
[email protected]

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Erin L McKean, MD, MBA, FACS
Assistant Dean
  • About
  • Qualifications
  • Research Overview
  • Recent Publications
  • About

    In medical education, I was given a fortuitous opportunity to use both my MD and MBA, as well as my love for teaching, in developing an innovative Leadership curriculum at the medical school. The curriculum aimed to develop both "little l" and "big L" leaders: those with no formal authority but transformational influence and those with formal authority and positions. I worked with a team to delineate competencies, design curricular elements and map learning objectives to competencies. I served on the Admissions Executive Committee (AEC), including its formal Admissions Leadership Team (ALT). I also co-led the Dean's Scholars program. More recently, I was appointed Assistant Dean for Student Services (ADSS) in July 2020, and I have led an overhaul of our medical student mental health services, negotiating for wide expansion of services and funding. In my role as ADSS, I have oversight and responsibility for physical & mental health of medical students; learning and disability services; academic, personal & emotional counseling; registration and scheduling; professionalism development; career counseling services, Match and collaboration on transition to residency; and creation of a healthy, transformative and optimal learning environment.

    My 'north star' has always been exceptional patient care. In the drive toward this, I have recognized the necessity of leadership in valuing and incentivizing diverse teams, designing systems of quality and safety, building patient-centered educational programs, and collaborating in research studies to advance treatments, care and cures. As I have gained experience over time, my career has shifted towards a balance of hands-on clinical and educational activity with administrative oversight and visionary leadership. I am fortunate to be able to work collaboratively and lead within both the niche subspecialty of skull base surgery and the greater domain of medical education, to innovate, educate, and advance new ideas to advance exceptional patient care, education and discovery.

    • Fellowship, Craniofacial and Cranial Base Surgery
      University of Michigan–Ann Arbor, Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Division of Facial Plastic Surgery
    Research Overview

    - Outcomes after treatment of anterior skull base pathologies (including validated quality of life survey, olfaction outcomes, cosmetic outcomes, vision outcomes, cost outcomes)
    - Anterior skull base database and bio-repository
    - Long term effects of cranial base radiation on pituitary function
    - Biomarkers for skull base tumors
    - Leadership in medical education
    - Medical student mental health

    Recent Publications See All Publications
    • Journal Article
      International Consensus Statement on Allergy and Rhinology: Sinonasal Tumors.
      Kuan EC, Wang EW, Adappa ND, Beswick DM, London NR, Su SY, Wang MB, Abuzeid WM, Alexiev B, Alt JA, Antognoni P, Alonso-Basanta M, Batra PS, Bhayani M, Bell D, Bernal-Sprekelsen M, Betz CS, Blay J-Y, Bleier BS, Bonilla-Velez J, Callejas C, Carrau RL, Casiano RR, Castelnuovo P, Chandra RK, Chatzinakis V, Chen SB, Chiu AG, Choby G, Chowdhury NI, Citardi MJ, Cohen MA, Dagan R, Dalfino G, Dallan I, Dassi CS, de Almeida J, Dei Tos AP, DelGaudio JM, Ebert CS, El-Sayed IH, Eloy JA, Evans JJ, Fang CH, Farrell NF, Ferrari M, Fischbein N, Folbe A, Fokkens WJ, Fox MG, Lund VJ, Gallia GL, Gardner PA, Geltzeiler M, Georgalas C, Getz AE, Govindaraj S, Gray ST, Grayson JW, Gross BA, Grube JG, Guo R, Ha PK, Halderman AA, Hanna EY, Harvey RJ, Hernandez SC, Holtzman AL, Hopkins C, Huang Z, Huang Z, Humphreys IM, Hwang PH, Iloreta AM, Ishii M, Ivan ME, Jafari A, Kennedy DW, Khan M, Kimple AJ, Kingdom TT, Knisely A, Kuo Y-J, Lal D, Lamarre ED, Lan M-Y, Le H, Lechner M, Lee NY, Lee JK, Lee VH, Levine CG, Lin J-C, Lin DT, Lobo BC, Locke T, Luong AU, Magliocca KR, Markovic SN, Matnjani G, McKean EL, Meço C, Mendenhall WM, Michel L, Na'ara S, Nicolai P, Nuss DW, Nyquist GG, Oakley GM, Omura K, Orlandi RR, Otori N, Papagiannopoulos P, Patel ZM, Pfister DG, Phan J, Psaltis AJ, Rabinowitz MR, Ramanathan M, Rimmer R, Rosen MR, Sanusi O, Sargi ZB, Schafhausen P, Schlosser RJ, Sedaghat AR, Senior BA, Shrivastava R, Sindwani R, Smith TL, Smith KA, Snyderman CH, Solares CA, Sreenath SB, Stamm A, Stölzel K, Sumer B, Surda P, Tajudeen BA, Thompson LDR, Thorp BD, Tong CCL, Tsang RK, Turner JH, Turri-Zanoni M, Udager AM, van Zele T, VanKoevering K, Welch KC, Wise SK, Witterick IJ, Won T-B, Wong SN, Woodworth BA, Wormald P-J, Yao WC, Yeh C-F, Zhou B, Palmer JN. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol, 2024 Feb; 14 (2): 149 - 608. DOI:10.1002/alr.23262
      PMID: 37658764
    • Journal Article
      How medical students' trauma histories affect their clinical clerkship experiences.
      Neff K, McKean E, Miller M, Fitzgerald JT, Owens L, Morgan HK. Clin Teach, 2024 Jan 21; e13734 DOI:10.1111/tct.13734
      PMID: 38247167
    • Journal Article
      Central Skull Base Osteomyelitis: A Case Series from a Tertiary Care Center Over 5 Years.
      Fenberg RB, Sylvester MJ, Davidson S, McKean EL, VanKoevering KK. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol, 2023 Nov; 132 (11): 1300 - 1305. DOI:10.1177/00034894221147806
      PMID: 36648119
    • Presentation
      Professionalism, Professional Identity Formation and Intersecting Identities
      Grob K, McKean E. 2023 Oct 27;
    • Journal Article
      Survey of student mistreatment experienced during the core clinical clerkships.
      Hayward L, Mott NM, McKean EL, Dossett LA. Am J Surg, 2023 Jul; 226 (1): 13 - 18. DOI:10.1016/j.amjsurg.2022.12.022
      PMID: 36669940
    • Journal Article
      SMARCB1 Loss in Poorly Differentiated Chordomas Drives Tumor Progression.
      Walhart TA, Vacca B, Hepperla AJ, Hamad SH, Petrongelli J, Wang Y, McKean EL, Moksa M, Cao Q, Yip S, Hirst M, Weissman BE. Am J Pathol, 2023 Apr; 193 (4): 456 - 473. DOI:10.1016/j.ajpath.2022.12.012
      PMID: 36657718
    • Journal Article
      Endoscopic Endonasal Approach to Resection of Anterior Cranial Fossa Meningiomas with Sinonasal Extension Based on Primary Tumor Location
      Jiang SJ, Smith JD, Sullivan SE, McKean EL. Journal of Neurological Surgery Part B Skull Base, 2023 Feb; 84: s1 - s344. DOI:10.1055/s-0043-1762304
    • Journal Article
      Evaluation of Trends in Transsphenoidal Surgery for Pituitary Adenomas Using a Nationwide Private Insurance Database
      Saleh S, Maher CO, McKean EL. Journal of Neurological Surgery Part B Skull Base, 2023 Feb; 84: s1 - s344. DOI:10.1055/s-0043-1762411