College of

Dean's Update | October 22, 2021


Just a brief update today. I have been rounding in the hospital this week, and it has been busy

While there is plenty of COVID-19, the hospital is just full of sick people. Like the rest of our community, hospitals face work and supply shortages, but I am consistently impressed by how focused people are on helping each other take good care of patients.

For the two weeks while I am rounding, Town Hall is 1-2 pm, so I can be sure to be there. I know that 1pm is not as good for students and people in clinics, but it’s what we can do.

This week will feature Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, Charles Stewart Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health in the Division of Public Health and the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development. She is also the director of the MSU-Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative and the CDC-funded Flint Lead Registry. “Dr. Mona” is an international expert on…so many things: lead, drinking water, environmental exposures and justice, kids.

And, she is a treat on a talk show.

We will also have Steve Kalkanis, MD, who is a neurosurgeon and NIH-funded researcher in brain cancer, and the CEO of the Henry Ford Medical Group and the Henry Ford Health System chief academic officer. He is also the College of Human Medicine associate dean for Henry Ford. And Steve and Mona know each other, so we should have a good time.

The following week, we expect the FDA to rule on COVID-19 vaccines for children, so we will focus next week on COVID-19 vaccines with Dr. Keith English, our chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development and a specialist in pediatric infectious disease. We will be able to talk about the vaccine booster news from this week and, hopefully, any output from the FDA on COVID-19 vaccine in children.

Also, as usual, Nara Parmeswaran, our associate dean for faculty affairs and staff administration will be with us to answer your questions about returning to campus and MSU’s vaccine and mask mandates.

At some level, the Town Hall panels in the next two weeks reflect how the Town Halls have run since we started them in the spring of 2020. These sessions began with a focus on COVID-19 and how the college and our units were responding to the pandemic. Now more of our Town Hall time is spent learning about and celebrating the work of our students, staff, and faculty. There are still a good number of people attending, and people enjoy being on the panels. If you have ideas about how to improve the Town Halls, let me know. 

Serving the people with you,

Aron Sousa, MD
Interim Dean