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MSU College of Human Medicine’s Dean Rappley Honored for Achievements in Education and Research in Healthcare

The Michigan Women’s Foundation named Marsha D. Rappley, MD, dean, Michigan State University College of Human, the 2014 Women of Achievement & Courage in Healthcare honoree in the Educational and Research category.

“I am deeply honored to receive this award from the Michigan Women’s Foundation. Helping to support women of all ages, including our girls, helping them to see the path and provide opportunities along the way, is near and dear to my heart,” said Dr. Rappley. “Many strong and amazing women did this for me, including my grandmothers and of course my mother, and my sister, my daughter and my son, and my good friends. I have had the benefit of mentors, both women and men, who have believed in me when I did not yet believe in myself.”

The Michigan Women’s Foundation, an organization committed to fostering economic empowerment for women and girls, honored the accomplishments of Dr. Rappley and four others at the recent Women of Achievement & Courage luncheon at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids.

“The Michigan Women’s Foundation not only helps to clear the path, but changes the landscape for our women, thereby strengthening our families and our communities. I am proud to be part of this legacy.”

Dr. Rappley has served as dean for the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine since September 2006, becoming the first graduate of the college to hold the position.  She is a practicing pediatrician and has achieved a national reputation for her research and clinical work in pediatrics, especially concerning the use of medications for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Dr. Rappley holds several professional board positions, including chair elect for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Council of Deans, member of the AAMC Board of Directors, chair of the Policy Committee and member of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs. She is past chair of the Pediatric Advisory Committee for the Food and Drug Administration and past member of the Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Subspecialty Board of the American Board of Pediatrics.