Before joining Duquesne, Dr. Wells held multiple leadership positions at the Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) from 2013-2021. In his most recent position as the assistant dean of Academics, he led the Office of Medical Education and began the process to re-design the curriculum for Pre-Clerkship medical students. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Wells and his team ensured uninterrupted medical education to LUCOM students, implementing technology and learning methods never-before fathomed in medical education.
While at LUCOM, he also served as vice-chair of Anatomical Sciences, where he spent a year helping to shape the curriculum and culture before the college welcomed its first class in 2014. He was then appointed as pre-clerkship curriculum director in 2015.
Dr. Wells has worked in medical education for more than 18 years, holding faculty and leadership positions at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. He has received numerous awards and recognitions including five-time Educator of the Year, four-time Biomedical Educator of the Year, two-time William Osler Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Atlas Golden Key Award for Biomedical Faculty.
Dr. Wells's neurophysiology research focused on the ionic currents involved in the conduction and transduction of pain in primary sensory neurons. He has published numerous articles in multiple journals. A southwestern Pennsylvania native, Dr. Wells earned his doctoral degree in the Program of Neuroscience from the West Virginia University School of Medicine, and his bachelor of science degree in Neuroscience from Allegheny College. He is a Costin Scholar and is pursuing an additional doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership.