Robert K. Crone   Vice Dean for Clinical & Faculty Affairs

Dr. Robert K. Crone is Vice Dean for Clinical and Faculty Affairs and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology, at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q). In this role, Dr. Crone works closely with physician faculty at WCM-Q affiliate hospitals in Qatar and Weill Cornell Medical College affiliate hospitals in New York.

Dr. Crone graduated from Albany Medical College and completed post-graduate training in pediatrics and anesthesiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA.  He completed a research fellowship in fetal cardiovascular physiology at the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the University of California, San Francisco. After serving as the Associate Director of the Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Crone was recruited as the founding Director of the Multidisciplinary Intensive Care Unit at Boston Children’s Hospital and Associate Professor of Anaesthesia and Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.  He subsequently moved to the University of Washington where he was Professor and developed the first academic department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at the Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Following a successful career in academic medicine, Dr. Crone moved into international medicine to focus on programs that would improve the quality of healthcare for patients globally. He served as Senior Vice President for Operations at The People to People Health Foundation, Inc., (Project HOPE) prior to becoming the Founding President, and Chief Executive Officer for Harvard Medical International, Inc., a not-for-profit subsidiary corporation of Harvard Medical School (HMS) where he was also Clinical Professor and Dean for International Programs. 

Subsequently, Dr. Crone founded and developed Huron Consulting Group’s Global Healthcare Practice and founded Strategy Implemented, Inc., through which he worked closely with the healthcare regulatory, assessment and accreditation communities, both in the US and internationally, to expand their programs and standards beyond their traditional constituencies. During this period, Dr. Crone served on the governing boards of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), the National Committee for Foreign Medical Education Accreditation (NCFMEA) of the US Department of Education and the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) and served as a consultant to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB).

In Qatar, Dr. Crone has had the privilege to contribute to the development of the rapidly growing healthcare and medical education sector in different capacities over the last 4 years. He is currently responsible for Clinical & Faculty and Alumni Affairs at WCM-Q and a member of the Board of Academic Health System Partners of Hamad Medical Corporation and a member of the Quality and Safety Committee of Sidra Medical and Research Center. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of numerous healthcare organizations in the US and internationally. He also serves as the chair of the IRB Committee of Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar.


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