College of

Dean's Update

October 2, 2015

New role for Dr. Henry Barry

I am very pleased to announce that Henry Barry, MD, MS, will take on the role of Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Development effective immediately. Dr. Barry earned his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1982, completed his Family Medicine Residency at St. Lawrence Hospital in Lansing, and an OMERAD Faculty Development Fellowship.  He completed his Masters in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis at University of Michigan and served as the AAFP Senior Scholar in Residence at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in 2003.  

Dr. Barry has a long history of national and college level programming and scholarship in faculty development as well as many years of collaboration with the College of Human Medicine Office of Medical Education Research and Development.  Under the direction of Dr. Bill Wadland, and with the work of Donna Mulder and Bill Anderson of OMERAD, the college’s FAD unit has developed remarkable mentor and career development programming with a strong reputation in the university and among other medical schools.  I have every confidence that Dr. Barry will continue this trajectory while:

  • Broadening collaborations with college departments and academic human resources in the Dean’s Office,
  • Enhancing faculty development programming in diversity and research,
  • Collaborating with Academic Affairs on the faculty development needs of the Shared Discovery Curriculum, and
  • Expanding community and university partnerships and collaborations.

I am excited that Dr. Barry has agreed to take on this role and look forward to the energy and scholarly focus he brings to each project he encounters. Please help me welcome him to the Faculty Affairs and Development role.

Join us today for MSURx

A thought-provoking and inspirational series of short talks hosted by MSU College of Human Medicine are meant to inspire you personally and professionally. The TED-like event showcases CHM alumni, students, faculty, researchers and community supporters.  Speakers include Andre Bachmann, PhD;  Thomas Noren, MD; Michael Bennish, MD (CHM’77); Phillip Potter, MD (CHM’76); Jeffrey Dwyer, PhD, Host,  Ross Ramsey, MD (CHM ’09); Barbara Forney, MS; Marci Muller; Neal Hegarty, Teresa Soldner, MD Candidate; Jennifer Johnson, PhD and Mrs. E. Hill De Loney, MA; Douglas McKeag, MD, MS, FACSM (CHM ’73); and Irving Vega, PhD.

Live in Grand Rapids – Friday, October 2 – 12:30-4:30pm
Watch the talks live at DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids and connect with fellow community supporters, medical students, and College of Human Medicine alumni.

Other ways to tune in

  • Flint Campus Large Lecture Hall, 200 East First Street
  • Wharton Center’s Pasant Theatre, 750 E. Shaw Lane
  • Midland Campus, Gerstacker Building, Room GL-117, 4611 Campus Ridge Drive
  • UP Health System-Marquette, Conference Room 1, 580 W. College Avenue
  • Providence-Providence Park Hospital, Southfield Campus, Fisher Auditorium, 16001 W. 9 Mile Road
  • Watch online at

Aron Sousa, MD
Interim Dean


Flint inmates on suicide watch part of multi-million dollar study
MLive | September 28
A researcher will spend four years tracking Genesee County Jail inmates in hopes of saving future prisoners from suicide. Currently, it's estimated that 10 percent of all suicides involve legal issues such as an arrest or jailing and half of all those who commit suicide aren't in treatment. Jennifer Johnson, Charles Stewart Mott endowed professor of public health at Michigan State University, wants to learn if there's more that can be done to help reduce suicide after detainees are released from jail.

Elevated lead found in more Flint kids after water switch, study finds
MLive | September 24
More Flint infants and children are being found with elevated levels of lead in their blood since the city switched to using the Flint River as its water source, according to a new study by a Hurley Medical Center doctor. The data show that the percentage of Flint infants and children with above average lead levels has nearly doubled citywide, and has nearly tripled among children in "high risk" areas of lead exposure, according to the study. 
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Study aims to reduce suicides after jail time
MSU Today | September 22
A Michigan State University public health researcher is embarking on a first-of-a-kind study that will look to reduce suicides among recently released jail detainees. Jennifer Johnson, PhD, Charles Stewart Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health at MSU College of Human Medicine, has landed a $6.8 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health and National Institute of Justice to keep those who serve jail time from taking their own lives. Currently, it’s estimated that 10 percent of all suicides involve legal issues such as an arrest or jailing and half of all those who commit suicide aren’t in treatment.
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Collaboration brings health research to northern community campus
MSU Today | September 11
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine has announced a health research collaboration with UP Health System - Marquette and Northern Michigan University. The collaboration is part of MSU’s statewide initiative to bring academic health research to each of its community campuses.

Pre-med, medical students, physicians and researchers network at Keweenaw Medical Conference
MSU Today | September 11
Dehlin said that in addition to the students from Tech several pre-med students from Northern Michigan University attended the conference as did several medical students enrolled in the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. 

$5.67M grant helps researchers identify early signs of Alzheimer's
MSU Today | September 10
A new Michigan State University study, aimed at identifying early signs of Alzheimer’s disease among Latinos and Hispanics, could help delay or even prevent its onset thanks to a $5.67 million, 5-year grant from the National Institute on Aging.
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White Coat Ceremony welcomes MSU's new medical students
WZZM TV 13 | August 30
The next generation of medical professionals will soon start class in Grand Rapids. Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine held its white coat ceremony Saturday afternoon. It is the symbolic beginning of the four year journey into the medical profession.
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MSU med students start year with day of service
WLNS TV 6 | August 27
An army of Michigan State University students are starting the school year off by helping the community. More than 180 students from MSU’s College of Human Medicine spread across the Lansing and Grand Rapids areas for the college’s annual afternoon of community service.
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