Medical Director, LevelEx
Eric Gantwerker, MD, MS, MMSc(MedEd), FACS, AFAMEE is a Pediatric Otolaryngologist at Cohen Children's Hospital at Northwell Health, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. He holds a Master of Medical Science (MMSc) in Medical Education with a special focus on educational technology, educational research, cognitive science of learning, and curriculum development from Harvard Medical School and a Master of Science in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University. He has a special interest in faculty development and has been a speaker, conference panelist, or faculty at over 50 local, 20 regional, 100 national, and 22 international workshops, courses, and conferences. He is also an active blogger and podcaster for several organizations including the Harvard Macy Institute (HMI), Harvard Medical School CME Online, BackTable Innovations and several others. He has been featured in the news in print and through live interviews over 25 times including media outlets such as USA Today, Businesswire, The Washington Post, Nature Medicine, Fox News, and KevinMD. He also works as the medical director of a medical video game company, Level Ex, that utilizes game technology and psychology to create relevant interactive experiences for healthcare professionals. Dr. Gantwerker originally was a subject matter expert and advisor to Level Ex at the beginning of the company in 2015/2016 and then became lead advisor shortly after. He became the Vice President, Medical Director in March 2018 and oversees all the medical and educational functions of the company including strategy, design and development, and efficacy studies. He also works in a business development function to engage partners across organizations, societies, governmental partners, educational institutions, and hospital systems. Through all his endeavors, he is recognized nationally and internationally as an up-and-coming expert on the implementation of educational technologies and gaming, motivational theory, the cognitive psychology of learning, and putting theory into practice for health professions' education. In recognition, he was honored to be inducted as an Associate Member of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Academy of Master Surgeon Educators program and as an Associate Fellow of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE).