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New Faces - Faculty & Leadership - October 2019

Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD

Samuel L. Stanley

Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, is the new president of MSU. He has a bachelor of arts degree in biological sciences (Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Chicago. After earning his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1980, he completed his resident-physician training at Massachusetts General Hospital. He went to Washington University in St. Louis in 1983 for a fellowship in infectious diseases in the School of Medicine, eventually becoming a professor in the Departments of Medicine and Molecular Microbiology in recognition of the collaborative nature of his research.

A highly distinguished biomedical researcher, Dr. Stanley is one of the nation's highest recipients of support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his research focusing on enhanced defense against emerging infectious diseases. He is an expert in the biological mechanisms that cells employ when responding to infectious agents such as parasites, bacteria and viruses — a process commonly called the inflammatory response. In 2006, Dr. Stanley was appointed vice chancellor for Research at Washington University, serving in that position until he was appointed president of Stony Brook University.

Dr. Stanley is known as a person of unquestioned integrity and honesty, and has a demonstrated record of working on behalf of students, faculty and staff to help them realize their potential and aspirations.

Robert Folberg, MD

Dr. Robert Folberg has been appointed associate dean for faculty affairs. He comes to MSU from Oakland University, where he became the founding dean of the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in 2008 and served in this capacity and as chief academic officer of the William Beaumont Hospital until February 2019.

Read more - Folberg appointed associate dean for faculty affairs.

Debra Furr-Holden, PhD

Dr. Debra-Furr Holden, C.S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health, has been named the new associate dean for Public Health Integration. She joins the College of Human Medicine’s dean’s executive team, providing senior level leadership for the college and facilitating cross-campus collaborations. The role also entails leading expansion of public health research, education and service missions at the university.

Mieka Smart, DrPH

Dr. Mieka Smart has been appointed the director of the Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved (LMU) certificate program. Smart is an assistant professor in the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University, with appointments in the Division of Public Health and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

Dr. Smart promotes cross-cultural student and professional development via peer-to-peer experiential learning, and she has nine years of experience teaching and advising pre-medical students, clinicians, and health professions students. She has supported, led and designed experiential education programming in the United States, Uganda, South Africa and Central America.

Since 2011, more than 150 students and faculty have participated in her global public health programs. Prior to joining the faculty at MSU, she served as Assistant Professor of Global Health & Associate Director of Public Health Practice at St. John’s University, and Associate Director for Undergraduate Public Health Studies at Johns Hopkins University. She earned her BA in public health at the Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, and MHS and DrPH in mental health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 

Carol Parker, PhD, MPH

Dr. Carol Parker has been appointed interim Community Assistant Dean for the Flint Campus. Dr. Parker is the Executive Director of Academic Affairs, and will have the support of Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dr. Peggy Thompson during her time in the role. The college deeply appreciates Dr. Parker’s willingness to take on these additional duties, and her experience with the other campuses has allowed us to manage campus issues smoothly.

More College of Human Medicine faculty appointments and promotions are listed here.