College of

Folberg appointed associate dean for faculty affairs

August 5, 2019

We are pleased to welcome Robert Folberg, MD, to the College of Human Medicine as our new associate dean for faculty affairs. Dr. Folberg 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.

A professor of ophthalmology, pathology and foundational medical studies, Dr. Folberg is recognized for innovation in medical education, continuing to teach pathology of the eye to medical institutions within and outside the United States. Dr. Folberg is also a highly respected clinician scientist who has been funded for 20 years by the NIH to study the biology of uveal melanoma. He has published more than 200 original articles and book chapters.

Dr. Folberg received his Bachelor of Arts degree from LaSalle College in Philadelphia (now LaSalle University) and his MD degree from Temple University. He is board certified in Anatomic Pathology and Ophthalmology. In 1982, Dr. Folberg began his academic career at Thomas Jefferson University Medical School and moved in 1984 to the University of Iowa, where he became the first Frederick C. Blodi Professor of Ophthalmology.

In 2000, Dr. Folberg moved to the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where he became the Frances B. Geever Professor of Pathology and head of the Department of Pathology. While head of pathology at UIC, he served as deputy director of the University of Illinois Cancer Center from 2003 to 2005.

Dr. Folberg joins us as a kindred spirit, an individual who is committed to the service of others and uses his skills to accomplish the greatest good. His experience as a department chair, an internationally recognized scholar in medicine, and as a founding dean charged with faculty recruitment and advancement make him an ideal individual for this role. 

Welcome to MSU College of Human Medicine, Dr. Folberg!