Peter S. Cahn, PhD

headshot of peter cahn in a bowtie and black blazer
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs; Interim Dean, School of Healthcare Leadership
Office of the Provost
School of Healthcare Leadership
Health Professions Education
(617) 724-6138
Office Location: 
B34- 2nd floor

Peter Cahn joined the Institute in July 2012 as Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Director and Professor in the Center for Interprofessional Studies and Innovation (CIPSI). Dr. Cahn is a Professor of Health Professions Education in the School for Healthcare Leadership and currently serves as its interim dean.

Trained as a cultural anthropologist with a focus on contemporary Latin America, he received tenure as a faculty member at the University of Oklahoma before becoming the inaugural director of faculty development and diversity in the Department of Medicine at Boston University. At BU, he designed a structured, longitudinal mentoring program for early career faculty as well as workshops on academic writing and grant proposals.

His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. His publications on faculty development, interprofessional education and practice, and diversity, equity, and inclusion have appeared in Academic Medicine, Journal of Interprofessional Care, and Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions. He has published two books as well as articles in American Ethnologist and Cultural Anthropology. He writes occasional columns for the Chronicle of Higher Education.



  • Katherine Hampson Bessell Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
  • Frank and Sarah Olson Visiting Professor in Simulation Education, NYSIM
  • Fulbright Award, International Education Administrators Seminar to India

Research Interests

  • Faculty development
  • Qualitative methods
  • Cross-cultural communication
  • Religion
  • Latin American and Latino culture


AB, Anthropology, Harvard University
MPhil, Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
PhD, Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley


Cahn PS. How Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Can Help Dismantle Systemic Racism. Journal of Interprofessional Care. 2020; 34(4):431-434.

Cahn PS, Smoller SL. Experiential Learning and Cultural Competence: What Do Participants in Short-Term Experiences in Global Health Learn about Culture? Health Professions Education.2020; 6(2):230-237.

AlHeresh RA, Cahn, PS. Expanding Rehabilitation Services through International Academic-Community Partnerships. Annals of Global Health. 2020; 86(1):71-75.

Cahn PS. Onramp to Scholarship: Putting Clinical Faculty Members on the Path to Academic Productivity. Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions. 2019; 39(3):218–222.

Cahn PS. Seven Dirty Words: Hot-Button Language that Undermines Interprofessional Education and Practice. Academic Medicine. 2017; 92(8):1086-1090.

Curriculum Vitae