Ron Gimbel has been named chair of the public health sciences department at Clemson University.

Ron Gimbel has been named chair of the public health sciences department at Clemson University.
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CLEMSON — Ron Gimbel has spent his career leading efforts to educate United States military health care professionals. Now, he is bringing that expertise to Clemson University, where he has been named to chair the public health sciences department.

Gimbel will begin service Aug. 1, replacing Lee Crandall, who will return to the public health sciences faculty.

Gimbel comes to Clemson from the Uniformed Services University (USU) of the Health Sciences, which prepares uniformed services health professionals, officers and leaders to support the U.S. military health system. For the past five years, he has served as the interim chair of the biomedical informatics department and concurrently as the director of the Department of Defense Patient Safety and Quality Academic Collaborative, housed at the university.

A U.S. Navy veteran, Gimbel served in operational assignments and as a health care administrator. He also served as a senior health policy analyst on the clinical operations staff of the U.S. Navy Surgeon General.

Gimbel’s research interests center on improving health care delivery and patient health through clinical research on physician decision-making, clinical documentation, and enhanced communication. His current projects include clinical decision support to guide medical image ordering, measuring the quality of outpatient clinical notes, and enhanced communication/medical applications to support chronic patients in a mobile health environment.

Gimbel earned a doctorate in public administration and policy from State University of New York (SUNY) Albany, a master’s degree in management from Webster University, and a bachelor’s degree from Regents College of SUNY Albany.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Gimbel to Clemson,” said Brett Wright, interim dean of the College of Health, Education and Human Development, which houses the public health sciences department. “His experience lines up perfectly with the department’s mission to improve health outcomes and health service delivery, and I am confident that he will lead in ways that build upon the department’s accomplishments in these areas.”

“I am honored to join the talented faculty, staff and students of the department of public health sciences at this pivotal moment in time,” Gimbel said. “During the next few years, working collaboratively within the college and across the university, the department will aim to drive improvement in health and health care services across South Carolina and beyond through a team-science approach to innovation in research, education and service.”

Clemson’s public health sciences department boasts undergraduate programs in health services administration, health promotion and education, pre-professional studies in health, language and international health (a joint program with Clemson’s languages department), and cardiovascular imaging leadership (CVT). Offered in cooperation with Greenville Health System, the CVT program is the only program in the nation that combines cardiovascular imaging training with a comprehensive education in public health sciences and health care leadership.

The department also offers a M.S./Ph.D. in applied health research and evaluation, an undergraduate certificate in public health and a graduate certificate in clinical health services research, offered jointly with Clemson’s mathematical sciences department.

In 2011, the American Association of Colleges and Universities and the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research named the department one of 15 exemplary undergraduate programs in public health. The department is also in the process of becoming one of the first undergraduate programs to be accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.