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  • Masako Morishita, PhD, associate professor in the Departement of Family Medicine, is heading a study to determine whether or not portable air filters can mitigate lead exposure and reduce lead levels in the blood of children who live in older houses. Robert Wahl, PhD, assistant professor in the Division of Public Health, Master of Public Health Program, is co-leading the study.
  • On November 16, the College of Human Medicine hosted the Alpha Omega Alpha Awards Induction Ceremony to honor the newest members of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Gamma Chapter. Congratulations to the students, residents, faculty and alumni elected for their demonstrated characteristics as excellent physicians.
  • Jamila Power, MD, has been appointed Lansing Campus Community Assistant Dean. Dr. Power is an emergency medicine physician practicing at Sparrow Health System and is currently lead for the emergency medicine rotation for the college's Middle Clinical Experience.
  • In an article on The GuardianInterim Dean Aron Sousa, MD, discusses Michigan's rise in COVID-19 cases. 
  • Larry Charleston, IV, MD, discusses health care disparities in migraines in an article on Medscape.
  • Sara Urquhart has been selected as the runner-up recipient of the 2021-2022 National Medical Student of the Year Scholarship Award from the American Academy of Emergency Medicine Resident & Student Association (AAEM/RSA). The award recognizes one fourth-year emergency medicine bound medical student who demonstrates a dedication to the specialty of emergency medicine through leadership, research, and academic excellence. Sara will receive her award during the Scientific Assembly in Baltimore, MD, in April 2022.
  • Interim Dean Aron Sousa, MD, answers questions about COVID-19 booster shots recently approved by the FDA and CDC for adults 18 years and older.
  • MSU celebrated its newest University Distinguished Professors (UDP), including Sue Barman, PhD, professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Dr. Barman is the fourth MSU College of Human Medicine faculty member to receive this honor.
  • MSU has been awarded a National Institutes of Health $6.7 million grant to build a new facility to develop new imaging agents and treatments for diseases, including cancer, that afflict both humans and large animals. "The new Large Animal Facility for Imaging and Image-guided Therapies will be one of the few such medical diagnostic facilities in the world," said project leader Anna Moore, PhD, director of the Precision Health Program.
  • Xiaopeng Li, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, has been awarded a $2M federal grant from the National Institutes of Health to study a gene therapy treatment for cystic fibrosis. Related media: Grand Rapids Business Journal, Spectrum Health Newsroom.
  • Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, director of the Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, was named one of Crain Detroit Business's 100 Most Influential Women in 2021.
  • Caryl Sortwell, PhD, professor in the Department of Translational Neuroscience, received the Brophy Endowment from the Edwin A. Brophy Chair in Central Nervous System Disorders.
  • Mohammed M. Alhadidy, Jared Lamp, Irving Vega, PhD, and Nicholas M. Kanaan, PhD, received Best Poster Award for Graduate Students at the Michigan SFN Chapter Annual Meeting for their poster titled “Production of SUMOylated recombinant tau in Escherichia Coli.”
  • Danielle Gartner, PhD, joined the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics as assistant professor, after completing a two-year post-doctoral position in the department.
  • The Division of Public Health is now accepting applications for the 2022 Flint Spartan Master of Public Health Scholarship.
  • Fourth-year student, Julie Ngo, was appointed by the American Academy of Family Physicians to be the student member of the Annals of Family Medicine Editorial Advisory Board.
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently awarded Anjali Garg, MD, FAAP (CHM '17), with a 2021 Critical Care Advocacy Award.
  • Second-year College of Human Medicine student, Amanda Ziminski, reflects on the important role her heritage has played in her journey to medicine and shares why Native American Heritage Month is so important.
  • The College of Human Medicine recognized outstanding college faculty for their achievements and contributions to medical education, research and academics at the 2021 Faculty Awards Ceremony.
  • Maji Hailemariam Debena, PhD, assistant professor, writes about survivors' guilt during the COVID-19 pandemic and issues of health inequity from the perspective of an African researcher living in Flint.
  • Theresa Couch, research administrator in the Health Colleges Research Services, was honored by the Society of Research Administrators International with the “Future of the Field” award.


  • Fourth-year student, Johana Peña, was featured in an article on The Washington Post titled "She’s a medical student. Her mom is a custodian at the hospital where she trained."
  • A study led by Claire Margerison, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, found that the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act was linked to a lower chance of low-income individuals reporting that they experienced depression before pregnancy.
  • The following radiologists have joined Advanced Radiology Services and have been appointed clinical assistant professors in the College of Human Medicine: Jorge Alchammas, MD, neuroradiology (Warren); Alex Martin, DO, body imaging (Warren); Jeff Knake, MD, musculoskeletal imaging (Lansing/Owosso); and Samer Kannab-Aida, MD, body imaging (Warren).
  • The college welcomed 191 first-year medical students at the White Coat and Matriculation Ceremony in August. More than 11,000 people applied to the medical school last year, a 48 percent increase since 2009.
  • Through a grant funded by MSU Gran Fondo donations, Richard Neubig, MD, PhD, professor, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, and a team of researchers will study two compounds that could improve treatment for melanoma


  • MSU doctors, including Rebecca Schein, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, answer questions about flu season and vaccination for the flu and COVID-19.
  • Karen Kelly-Blake, PhD, assistant director in the Center for Bioethics and Social Justice and associate professor in the Department of Medicine, wrote an op-ed for Detroit Free Press titled “Getting vaccinated is an act of revolution for Black Americans.”
  • Robey B. Champine, PhD, MS, MPH, assistant professor in the Master of Public Health Program, highlights seven teaching and mentoring strategies to address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the classroom.
  • Three years after its installation, an ArtPrize sculpture on the corner of Monroe and Michigan Streets along Grand Rapids’ Medical Mile still carries a strong message.
  • Andrew Bender, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, is one of two MSU faculty recently selected by the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (MADRC) as recipients of a two-year award for Early Career Mentoring in Dementia. The MADRC’s P30 award from NIH was recently renewed to continue funding the center for the next five years. Under this new award, Dr. Bender was also recently appointed as a member of the MADRC Executive Committee and as a Co-Investigator of their NeuroImaging Core.
  • Watch "Trauma, Community Health and the Criminal Legal System," a webinar co-presented by the Michigan State University Center for Bioethics and Social Justice and the Henry Ford Health System Health Disparities Research Collaborative.
  • Second-year student scholar Danielle Keller discusses the sacrifices necessary to become a Spartan MD.
  • Alumni board President Ross Ramsey, MD ('09) shares his focus on service and community as a rural health physician.
  • Alumni couple’s giving spans three colleges and two cities, helping students and programs grow—both on campus, and in their hometown of Grand Rapids. Read more about Spartans Tim & Karen O'Donovan.
  • Michael Brown MD, professor and chair in the Department of Emergency Medicine, has been reappointed for another 3-year term as the leading member of the American Board of Emergency Medicine Key Advances Panel.
  • Read “Don’t Scapegoat Immigrants for the COVID-19 Pandemic Surge,” a blog written by Larissa Fluegel, MD, MHS, assistant professor of the Center for Bioethics and Social Justice, and Sean A. Valles, PhD, director of the Center for Bioethics and Social Justice.
  • Henry Ford Health System and Michigan State University unveiled the new unified brand of their partnership, Henry Ford Health + Michigan State University Health Sciences.
  • Michigan State University College of Human Medicine alumni board member and alumna Carmen Renee’ Green, MD ('87) has been named dean of CUNY School of Medicine (CSOM) at The City College of New York.
  • Community engagement is essential for public health projects. Rodlescia Sneed, PhD, MPH, assistant professor in the Division of Public Health, shares her experiences involving community engagement as a researcher and instructor and explains what makes it successful.
  • In a Q&A with MSUToday, Honglei Chen, MD, PhD, professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, discusses his current research focused on the health of older adults and how losing their sense of smell may be an early indicator of Parkinson’s disease, dementia or other diseases.
  • Ping Wang, PhD, assistant professor in in the Precision Health Program, is among 23 early career scientists to win funding for research to accelerate the development of the next generation of imaging technologies as part of the inaugural year of Scialog: Advancing BioImaging.  


  • A new class was welcomed into Michigan State University’s College of Medicine on Sunday, August 22. The 2021 matriculation and white coat ceremony introduced the entering class at the DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids.
  • Supported by a $5.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, Rebecca Knickmeyer, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, is leading a large international study to understand the genes involved in brain development and possible connections to psychiatric and neurological disorders.
  • Anthony Bonilla-Salmeron and Aghdas Movassaghi share what led them to the August 22 ceremony in Grand Rapids, where they donned white coats, formally making them College of Human Medicine students.
  • Closing the racial gap in health outcomes and COVID-19 vaccination rates in Michigan as well as other states is the aim of a study led by Debra Furr-Holden, PhD, associate dean for Public Health Integration and Charles Stewart Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health. The study received a $6 million, one-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Katlin Harwood-Schelb is the inaugural recipient of the Flint Spartan Master of Public Health Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to an incoming Master of Public Health student who lives or works in the Greater Flint community and has demonstrated a commitment to implementing the knowledge obtained by completing the Master of Public Health program.
  • Todd Lucas, PhD, a C.S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health, received a five-year, $1.7 million Research Scholar Grant from the American Cancer Society to study colorectal cancer screening and health equity.
  • Bold Advanced Medical Future (BAMF) Health, an artificial intelligence-enabled precision medicine company, recently broke ground on its new North American headquarters at Michigan State University’s Grand Rapids Innovation Park.
  • Ping Wang, MD, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Radiology, is among 23 early career scientists to win funding for research to accelerate the development of the next generation of imaging technologies as part of the inaugural year of Scialog.
  • Srivinas Kavuturu, MD, FRCS, FACS, has been promoted to associate professor of surgery.
  • A study led by Claudia Finkelstein, PhD, Director of Wellness, Resilience Vulnerable Populations, concluded that burnout among physicians and medical school faculty is not just an individual problem, but is an issue that organizations need to address by minimizing the system-level factors that impede employee wellness.
  • Judith C. Lin, MD, professor in the Department of Surgery, received the 2021 Presidential Citation from the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS), was selected as a Consultant of the SVS/Sg2 Value of Vascular Surgery Consulting Program and was elected as a Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Vascular Surgery (DFSVS).