College of

Dean's Update

June 29, 2015

Please join me in welcoming Bengt B. Arnetz, MD, PhD, MPH, MScEpi, as chair of the Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Arnetz is currently professor and vice chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine where he has served on the faculty since 2005.  Dr. Arnetz will join us on September 1.   

Dr. Arnetz earned his BS and MD degrees and PhD in psychophysiology, at the Karolinska Institute School of Medicine in Sweden.  He completed an internship at St. Gorans Hospital and Matteus Primary Healthcare Center in Stockholm, a residency in Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Karolinska University Hospital, as well as at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, from where he also holds MPH and MScEpi degrees. Dr. Arnetz completed a fellowship in Clinical Occupational Medicine at the National Swedish Institute of Occupational Health. He is board certified in Occupational and Environmental Medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. 

Dr. Arnetz has received several awards at WSU for teaching and research with an impressive record of service to the school and the university.  He is also a prolific author with more than 150 peer-reviewed publications.  Dr. Arnetz has a remarkable record of success in the research arena; his research efforts are very community-focused and in his time at WSU, he has contributed significantly to raising the department’s NIH ranking into the top ten.   He has developed an active community-based outreach research program, published with the department’s practice-based research network, and internationalized the department’s research portfolio.  His community-based research has targeted mental health and chronic diseases, especially cardiovascular disease and asthma.  In collaboration with two other colleagues, he co-founded the university-wide Wireless Health Initiative to develop technologies and promote behavioral change to leverage the true potential of digitalized health. 

Dr. Arnetz also serves as deputy director of WSU’s Institute for Environmental Health Sciences where his role is to integrate the preventive and primary care perspective into environmental health sciences and enhance translational sciences.  The Institute was successful in securing an NIH P30 Research Program Project grant for its community-engaged Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors proposal.  He has been deputy director charged with leveraging their full research capabilities to address community concerns through intensive community engagement.  Dr. Arnetz has also been the PI of a University Research Corridor (URC)-funded project with colleagues at MSU and UM addressing the burden of asthma in young and senior persons residing in heavily polluted and underserved areas of Detroit.   He has been active in applied research in the area of patient-centered care and patient satisfaction and has been very engaged in quality assessment and improvement in healthcare organizations.   

In this era of continuous transformation in health care and health care delivery, Dr. Arnetz also has a keen interest in studying physician health and wellness, not only for the sake of employee health and productivity, but also its implication for quality of care.

Please also join me in thanking Dr. Henry Barry for his commitment and devotion to the department’s faculty, staff and residents while also juggling his duties in faculty development and to his patients.   We are grateful for his leadership, wisdom and patience, especially over the past year. 

We look forward to growth, innovation and partnerships across our campuses, college and university and know that the Department of Family Medicine’s strong and proud legacy will be in good hands under the leadership of Dr. Arnetz.  Please join me in welcoming him to our College of Human Medicine and MSU families. 

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