Robert W. Blair Ph.D.


David Ross Boyd Professor

Special lnterests:

My general interest is in improving the quality of teaching on our campus. My specific interest is in improving the education of medical students both by optimizing the preclinical curriculum as well as by enhancing quality of teaching.


  • Ph.D., Pharmacology, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 1979. 
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Neurophysiology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, 1980-1982 

Teaching Summary:

I have had extensive roles in teaching medical, dental, physician assistant, pharmacy, and graduate students. I have over 20 years of experience directing courses in the preclinical segment of the medical school curriculum. In addition to presenting formal lectures, I have helped design and implement team-based learning activities, review sessions utilizing audience response clickers (cell phones today!), neuroscience laboratories, ECG laboratory, autonomic nervous system laboratory utilizing our human patient simulators, and a shock module utilizing the patient simulators along with simulated patients. I have also been involved with the Academy of Teaching Scholars, where I was the first chair. This organization is designed to enhance the quality of teaching as well as educational research in the College of Medicine. For the past several years I have been the Assistant Dean for Preclinical Curriculum, and have led several improvements in the preclinical medical curriculum. My major goal is to make the preclinical curriculum state of the art in medical education, as well as making it more fun for medical students.


Office telephone: (405) 271-2226 x 56242