College of

Dean's Updates

A Message from Dean Marsha D. Rappley, MD

August 12, 2011

 Announcing two chairs of surgery for the College of Human Medicine

Effective immediately, the College of Human Medicine Department of Surgery will have two chairs: Marc Basson, M.D., chair of the Department of Surgery (East) and Ashraf Mansour, M.D., interim chair, Department of Surgery (West).

Many of you know Dr. Mansour, professor, Department of Surgery, program director of the Vascular Surgery Fellowship in Grand Rapids, and director of the College of Human Medicine Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Dr. Mansour joined Spectrum Health in 2002 and is a member of the Spectrum Health Medical Group and is chief of cardiovascular surgery.

Most of you also know Dr. Basson, professor, Department of Surgery, assistant dean for faculty development in Research, and vice president of the Association of VA Surgeons. Dr. Basson joined us two years ago and is a member of the MSU HealthTeam and the director of the Sparrow Wound Center.

We are pleased to have the leadership of these two distinguished surgeons as we strengthen our Department of Surgery in all of its missions. Dr. Basson will primarily focus his efforts on our campuses on the east side of the state, while Dr. Mansour will primarily focus on those on the west side. They will collaborate in strategic planning for the overall statewide department. We will soon initiate an internal search for Chair of the Department of Surgery (West).

 Welcome Dean Sienko, M.D., to the College of Human Medicine faculty

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dean Sienko, M.D., as the associate dean for Prevention and Public Health, and associate professor in the College of Human Medicine Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Sienko will join us November 1, 2011, to shape this newly created position and long-standing tradition of the college in promoting health through community engagement.

Dr. Sienko graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine in 1983 and interned at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. He served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta and completed his preventive medicine residency at the CDC.  Dr. Sienko has served as medical director and medical examiner at the Ingham County Health Department since 1989. In 2007, he also became the Ingham County Health Officer. Dr. Sienko has a strong background and commitment to military medicine. He is currently a Major General in the U.S. Army Reserves where he commands the 3rd Medical Command headquartered at Fort Gillem, Georgia. In addition to his M.D., Dr. Sienko holds a master's degree in clinical research design and statistical analysis from the University of Michigan and a master's in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Sienko. 

 Expansion of the rural physician program in the upper peninsula

We are expanding our Upper Peninsula program that has produced so many wonderful physicians who are dedicated to rural health. Our graduates are recognized for having a deep understanding of the challenges of improving health for the rural citizens of our state and nation. We have accepted 10 students into the third- and fourth-year program for many years, and we now plan to expand to 16 students per year over time. The campus name has also changed to the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Upper Peninsula Region. Our Community Assistant Dean, William Short, M.D., is also CEO of the corporation that is jointly supported by MSU and Superior Health Partners and Marquette General Health System and includes the MSU affiliated Family Medicine Residency. We are excited to present this expanded program to our students, faculty and communities across the Upper Peninsula.

 College offices moving from Life Science to Fee Hall 

Over the next several months, we will be consolidating College of Human Medicine offices from the Life Science building to Fee Hall. Please watch for details as the plans take shape to remodel and regroup our offices of Admissions, Students Affairs and the Dean’s Offices of Fee Hall. We look forward to the opportunity to bring our dedicated staff and faculty in closer proximity to one another and hope to make it easier for students to locate all of us! Thank you in advance for your effort and creativity in this consolidation.

Marsha D. Rappley, M.D.

Dean and Professor