Yerko Berrocal

Assistant Dean Foundational Sciences

Yerko Berrocal, MD, MHPE, Assistant Dean Foundational Sciences for Alice L. Walton School of Medicine was appointed in July 2022. In this role, he provides leadership for Foundational Science faculty and oversees Foundational Science faculty and education, working closely with the Vice Dean of Education to advance strategic education goals. Berrocal oversees operations and ensures integration of Foundational Science education into students’ clinical settings.

Prior to this position, Dr. Berrocal was a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Health Sciences Education at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria (UICOMP), where he served as the Director of the Circulation and Respiration Block and chaired the Peoria Phase 1 Curriculum Committee. Dr. Berrocal was involved in all aspects of pre-clinical medical education, including the delivery, development, and improvement of the curriculum. Before UICOMP, Dr. Berrocal was an Assistant Professor with a focus on medical education at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM), where he held several leadership positions. Before becoming a medical educator, Dr. Berrocal worked on developing cellular transplantation strategies to repair human central and peripheral nervous systems injuries at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. He was involved in studies required by the FDA to approve phase 1 clinical trials for patients with spinal cord injuries. 

A native of Chile, Dr. Berrocal earned his medical degree from Catholic University Santiago de Guayaquil, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, and a master’s of health professions education in the Graduate College of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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