Stephen Loftus, Ph.D.

Associate Professor in the Department of Foundational Medical Studies

Stephen Loftus

Dr. Loftus joined Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in November 2013 as associate professor of Medical Education. He is responsible for faculty development in medical education. He is also involved in a number of courses such as Medical Humanities and Embark research projects.

A dental professional with more than 20 years in medical education, Dr. Loftus developed an internationally recognized inter-professional online graduate course in pain management at Sydney University.

His research on clinical reasoning has appeared in several journals and books, such as the well-received book, “Clinical Reasoning in the Health Professions” (3rd ed). He has also supervised doctoral research students at Charles Sturt University in Australia, in topics such as clinical reasoning, higher education and clinician/patient relationships.

Dr. Loftus works to ensure that students and faculty maximize the benefit of the educational experiences provided in the medical school through coming to a deeper understanding of what is involved in medical education and practice.

Contact Information:

Office: 400 O'Dowd Hall
Phone: (248) 370-4322


Ph.D., Medical Education, Sydney University, Sydney, Australia
M.Sc. (Master of Science), Computing, University of Wales, Cardiff, United Kingdom
B.D.S. (Bachelor of Dental Surgery), University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom

Research Interests:

Clinical reasoning, pain management, higher education, hermeneutics, phenomenology, narrative inquiry


Publication: Educating Health Professionals