College of

Dean's Updates

A Message from Dean Marsha D. Rappley, MD

December 8, 2012

Dr. Mary Nettleman Joins Medical School Deans

Mary Nettleman, M.D., Chair of Medicine, has accepted the position of Dean and Vice President for Health Sciences at Sanford School of Medicine, University of South Dakota, effective March 2012.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Nettleman. I look forward to welcoming her to the AAMC Council of Deans, and take pleasure in welcoming her as another woman dean. 

Under Dr. Nettleman's leadership, the dedicated faculty of the Department of Medicine increased grant submissions and awards to achieve $17M for funding of research effort. A recent tally showed publications at more than 350, along with expansion of fellowship programs and medical school teaching. A great source of pride to all is the 100 percent pass rate of residents and fellows on board examinations. Dr. Nettleman brought stability and growth to the Department over the last eight years. We will miss her.

We begin immediately the process of appointing an interim chair who will work with Dr. Nettleman over the next few months to ensure a smooth transition. Once again, thank you, Dr. Nettleman, for your many contributions to our College and for carrying forward the name and the values of MSU.

Dr. Dele Davies to be Vice Chancellor at University of Nebraska Medical Center

I am very pleased to announce that Dele Davies, M.D., M.Sc., will be the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, beginning April 1, 2012. He will oversee the six health-related colleges of UNMC: Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, Allied Health and Public Health. 

For the past nine years, Dr. Davies has been our Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development. Under his leadership, the Department established a firm financial footing, increasing Department revenues by more than 60%. Dr. Davies established strong relationships with community partners throughout the greater mid Michigan region and beyond, including the Annual Department Research Day that grew to include all communities and Wayne State University, as well.

Dr. Davies recruited one of the most diverse faculty within the University and doubled the size of primary care pediatrics. We will greatly miss his graciousness and inspirational devotion to improving the care of children. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Davies on this exciting opportunity and wishing him well at UNMC.

Marsha D. Rappley, M.D.

Dean and Professor