College of

Dean's Update

A Message from Dean Marsha D. Rappley, MD

May 22, 2014

We are pleased to announce that Marc Basson, M.D., Ph.D., MBA, transitions to a new role as Director of the Program in Surgical and Biomedical Research, and that Ashraf Mansour, M.D., will assume the role of Interim Chair of the Department of Surgery. Thank you, Dr. Basson, for bringing the department from unranked in research to position 63 among U.S. medical schools. And thank you for now directing your efforts to leading research and new efforts in education related to developing research capacity.  Thank you also to Michael McLeod, M.D., for continuing as Associate Chair for Clinical Affairs and serving as point person in our clinical work with the MSU HealthTeam, Sparrow Health System, and all of our clinical partners. We look forward to the many opportunities the leadership of these three will bring to the department, college, and university over the next few years.

We are also pleased to announce that Eric Achtyes, M.D., M.S., has agreed to serve as Chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Psychiatry – West. Dr. Achtyes brings a strong background in clinical research, commitment to graduate medical education, and education of our medical students to this leadership role. Dr. Achtyes has been primary or co-investigator on more than 10 research programs supported by NIMH, NIAAA, and NIDA. Dr. Achtyes currently serves as President of the Michigan Psychiatric Society. We look forward to expanding this research and building on successful educational programs across West Michigan and beyond. Jed Magen, D.O., continues as Chair of the Department of Psychiatry – East. Thanks to both of these committed individuals for helping us to grow our research portfolio and educational footprint across the state, nation, and world.

We will begin an internal search for the Chair of the Department of Medicine. A search committee is forming, and we hope to make progress over the next few months. Thank you to Francesca Dwamena, M.D., for serving as Interim Chair and supporting the department over the past two years. Dr. Dwamena has brought vision and commitment to organizing the faculty effort in all of our missions. Dr. Dwamena brings our department to this point, at which we will have a successful and robust recruitment for chair.

Congratulations to the 187 students who received the M.D. 2014 from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. These graduates now join a total of 4400 graduates of the college! We are also proud of your match results—98% matching to outstanding programs across the state and nation. Please make sure to see the M.D. Magazine in the fall for the details of the specialty and location of this year's graduates. #OneProudDean!!

Congratulations Nicolas K. Fletcher, MSIII, for receiving the American Medical Association Minority Scholars Award! Nicolas is one of 10 students across the country to earn this award for his outstanding commitment and leadership. These include important roles with in the Michigan State Medical Society, the AMA, and the AMA Foundation Board. Please see our CHM website later for details about Nicolas and this award.

Yesterday I informed people that Donald Weston, M.D., second Dean of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, died with his family at his side. Please see our website for my statement about the amazing impact that Dean Weston had on our college and for the thousands of us who benefitted from his commitment over the past 46 years. We will post information on the website as information about a service becomes available.

Marsha D. Rappley, MD
Dean, College of Human Medicine