Dr. Shahram Lotfipour, associate clinical professor of emergency medicine, has been appointed as the assistant dean of clinical science education in the UC Irvine School of Medicine and program director of the proposed combined M.D.-master’s in public health program. In his new role, Lotfipour will oversee a significant part of the clinical curriculum and direct patient care training for medical students. Well known in the School of Medicine for his commitment to education, Lotfipour has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the medical student Excellence in Teaching award for 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. His appointment is effective May 1.