Professor of Medicine and Medical Science
Associate Dean of Medical Education
Chief, Section of Medical Education
Director of the MD/PhD Program
(401) 863-1618

Dr. Tunkel received his PhD and MD from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School in 1980 and 1984, respectively, where he was elected to membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.  He completed his residency and served as chief resident at the Hospital of the Medical College of Pennsylvania.  He then did a fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center. During his fellowship, he initiated his interest in the pathogenesis and pathophysiology of bacterial meningitis and central nervous system infections.  He has authored/co-authored more than 250 publications (original articles, reviews, editorials, books and book chapters) in his fields of interest and Chaired the Infectious Diseases Society of America Practice Guideline Committee which developed practice guidelines for Bacterial Meningitis, Encephalitis, and Healthcare-associated Ventriculitis and Meningitis.  Dr. Tunkel, a professor of medicine and medical science, began his appointment as Associate Dean for Medical Education at The Warren Alpert Medical School in July 2013.  He is currently the principal investigator on a 5-year, $1 million grant awarded as part of the American Medical Association’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education Initiative entitled “Educating Future Physicians: Development of a Primary Care-Population Medicine Program.”