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College News & Events: 2017


December 2017

Teresa Thomas received the MSU Unit Research Administrator Spotlight Award for Fall 2017. MSU’s research administration offices of Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA), Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), and Contract and Grant Administration (CGA) encourage excellence and exemplary service modeled through The Spartan Experience by recognizing professional contributions and quality of service through the Research Administration (RA) Spotlight recognition. Congratulations, Teresa!

For the third consecutive year, Carol A Janney, PhD has been recognized as a top reviewer for the American Journal of Preventive Medicine for 2017.

November 2017

Lee Anne Roman, PhD, is the March of Dimes 2017 Impact Award Recipient and was presented with the award on Nov. 6 during the March of Dimes of Greater Michigan’s Signature Chefs Auction at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. Money raised by the auction, featuring signature dishes by prominent chefs, will support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, neonatal intensive care unit family support programs and advocacy efforts for moms and babies.

Good news! A new endowed professorship, The Mall Family Endowed Professorship in Genetic Based Autism Research will be administered through the dean's office and the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development. For more information contact B. Keith English, MD.

Michael Brown, MD, (CHM) chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, received the 2017 College of Human Medicine Distinguished Alumni Award.

Michigan State University Grand Rapids Research Center received a certificate of excellence and was honored as “Best New Construction” project at the 28th Annual Neighborhood Business Awards ceremony on November 2. The annual awards program recognizes neighborhood businesses, organizations and individuals for their significant contribution to neighborhood improvement and economic development within the City of Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss was joined by city commissioners in presenting the awards.

On November 10, 40 students, residents, faculty and alumni were inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Gamma ChapterCongratulations to all the inductees! LIST OF INDUCTEES

October 2017

Mike Wilson, PhD, a Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology postdoc in Dr. Ronald Chandler's lab, has been awarded a three-year, $162,000 postdoctoral fellowship from the American Cancer Society. The grant is to start January 1, 2018. Congratulations Mike on this very prestigious award!

Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development and director of the MSU-Hurley Children's Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, has received the 22nd Heinz Award in the Public Policy category.

Daniel Campbell, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development has been selected to serve on the Programmatic Panel for the Department of Defense Congressionally-Directed Medical Research Program’s Autism Research Program.

Stuart Johnson, DO, community assistant dean of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine UP Campus, received his Degree of Fellow from the AAFP Family Medicine Experience conference in September. This honor is given to those who have distinguished themselves among their peers through their commitments towards making family medicine the “premier specialty.” Being a Fellow signifies tenure and a continuing commitment to support and uphold the virtues of family medicine. Congratulations Dr. Johnson!

MD Anderson has selected TaeHoon Kim, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, as a recipient its Uterine Cancer Specialized Programs of Research Excellence Grants (SPORE) Career Enhancement Program. The overall objective of Dr. Kim's project is to help improve non-surgical approaches for early stage endometrial cancer by identifying alternative targets. The study will identify the molecular targets altered in P4 resistance comparing the P4-responsive and resistant model, and evaluating the combination treatment of P4 and everolimus (mTOR inhibitor) on endometrial cancer development and progression.

Four students from the Upper Peninsula Region Campus have been inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, including Felicia Nip of Woodhaven, Eric Schaff of China Township, Kirsten Wilhelm of Traverse City, and Chris Steele of Three Lakes. Approximately 15 percent of MSU medical students are inducted into this society.

September 2017

Woody Neighbors, PhD, C.S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, will serve on the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Statewide Advisory Team to develop clinical guidelines for dental proviers to identify hypertension and diabetes.

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine student Kavya Minama Reddy has been selected by the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation to participant in its Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute. Minama Reddy will receive a $1,000 scholarship to attend both the AAFP's National Conference and the year-long leadership development program.

Michael Gaitan-Flores has joined the College of Human Medicine as the assistant director of development after spending the past year with University Advancement as a development associate. As an assistant director, Michael will focus on annual giving and leadership-level major gifts in support of the college's areas of priority. Welcome Michael!  

Welcome to our new 2017-2018 Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellows: Dr. Visalakshi (Visa) Sethuraman received her medical degree from Thanjavur Medical College, India. She completed her pediatric residency at New York Medical College-Metropolitan Hospital Center before joining the Neonatal Perinatal Medicine fellowship. Her current research interest is Basic science research in pulmonary stem cell transplantation. Dr. Ranga (Prasanth) Thiruvenkataramani, though born in India, did his medical school training at Nanjing Medical University in China. He had to learn Chinese to do so but nevertheless was 'outstanding student of the year' in his final year. He then completed residencies in China and India before coming to the US to do a Pediatric Residency at Brookdale University Hospital in Brooklyn, NY, where he was also Chief Resident. He is looking forward to trying his hand at basic research at MSU, followed by an academic career.

Daniel Campbell, PhD, joins the College of Human Medicine as assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development. Dr. Campell comes from the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute at the USC Keck School of Medicine at USC and his research focuses on developmental neuroscience and the role of long noncoding RNAs in the pathogenesis of autism and neuropsychiatric disorders. Dr. Campbell's lab will be in the MSU Grand Rapids Research Center.
MSU HealthTeam welcomes Ryan Thomas, MD, as a pediatric pulmonologist. A Michigan native, Dr. Thomas received his undergraduate degree at MSU's Lyman Briggs College and, most recently, completed his fellowship at the prestigious Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland. He is experienced in the treatment of cystic fibrosis and pulmonary complications of neuromuscular disease such as spinal muscular atrophy.

Nicole Alexander, MD, has joined the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Upper Peninsula Region Campus as an internal medicine community clerkship director. In addition to caring for patients at UPHS, Dr. Alexander will now also work with MSU College of Human Medicine students in their training at the UP Campus based in Marquette.

August 2017

MSU College of Human Medicine's Asgi Fazleabas, PhD, is among ten MSU professors named University Distinguished Professors, one of the highest honors that can be bestowed on a faculty member. Fazleabas is professor and associate chair for research, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Health, and director, Center for Women’s Health; co-director, Reproductive and Developmental Sciences Program.

Valerie Overholt, DO, Southeast Michigan Campus assistant dean, was recognized for her leadership, dedication and outstanding commitment to Providence-Providence Park Hospital’s new Simulation and Education Center. During a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony, a plaque inside the center was unveiled in her honor. Dr. Overholt and her husband Howard Schubiner, MD, were also recognized for their generous contributions to the center’s Equipment Endowment Fund. The Simulation and Education Center will be utilized by College of Human Medicine students, residents and other hospital staff.

Cara A. Poland
, MD, MEd, assistant professor in the Department of Medicine and chief of the Addams Learning Society, has been nominated by medical student Katie Nguyen to be recognized as an AMA Women Physicians Section (WPS) Inspirational Physician. The Inspirational Physician Recognition Program is designed to recognize physicians who have contributed to the achievements of women in the medical profession. Dr. Poland will be recognized by AMA in September during Women in Medicine Month.

The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology appointed has Dr. Masamitsu Kanada, PhD, assistant professor with IQ and promoted Cheryl Rockwell, PhD, to associate professor with tenure.

The Department of Medicine welcomes the following:  Muhammad Nabeel, MD, MPH, FACP as assistant professor of health programs, Division of General Internal Medicine; Christopher Cooper, MD, assistant professor of health programs, Division of Infectious Diseases; and Shuangtao Ma, MD, MSc, assistant professor of medicine, Division of Nanomedicine and Molecular Intervention.

July 2017

Second-year medical student Anita Arthur has received the 2017 American Medical Association Foundation’s Excellence in Medicine Minority Scholars Award. The awards program recognizes physicians who exemplify the highest values of volunteerism, community engagement, leadership and dedication to the care of underserved populations. Congratulations Anita! 

Susan Halloran has been selected to serve as the Assistant Dean of Advancement for the College of Human Medicine. Susan comes to MSU from the University of New Hampshire, where she was Associate Vice President of Development. This is a return to MSU for Susan as she was a valued member of the College of Veterinary Medicine's development team from 2005-2011. Among her new responsibilities at the College of Human Medicine, Susan will lead all aspects of the college's $100M capital campaign and personally develop and manage a portfolio of major and principal gift prospects. Welcome Susan!

MSU College of Human Medicine's Asgi Fazleabas, PhD, is among ten MSU professors named University Distinguished Professors, one of the highest honors that can be bestowed on a faculty member. Fazleabas is professor and associate chair for research, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Health; director, Center for Women’s Health; and co-director, Reproductive and Developmental Sciences Program. 

Samantha Cassisi, MS, genetic counselor, has joined the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development. She will be working with Assistant Professor of Health Programs Alpa Sidhu, MD, in clinics as well as research and in outreach.

June 2017

Claudia Holzman, PhD, chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, is the recipient of the 2017 Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology Research Mentoring Award. Dr. Holzman receives her award during the annual SPER meeting June 20.

In early May, outstanding college faculty were recognized for their contributions to medical education and research, academic contributions, and achievements at the 2017 Faculty Awards. SEE RECIPIENTS

Fredric Manfredsson, PhD, assistant professor of Translational Science and Molecular Medicine, was elected president of the American Society for Neural Therapy and Repair.

The Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology welcomes research faculty Kelly Strutz, PhD, assistant professor, and Sascha Drewlo, PhD, associate professor.

Jae-Wook Jeong, PhD, will serve as a member of the NIH Center for Scientific Review's Pregnancy and Neonatology Study Section for a term from July 2017 through June 2021.

Robert Hausinger, PhD, professor in the Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, was elected Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, an honorific leadership group of the American Society for Microbiology.  

Victor DiRita, PhD, Rudolph Hugh Chair in Microbial Pathogenesis and chair of the Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics was elected to the board of directors for the American Society for Microbiology, and to the Society's Council on Microbial Sciences, the scientific advisory group within the Society.  

Stacey Missmer, ScD, professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, has been appointed to the board of directors for the World Endometriosis Society for the 2017-2020 term.

Pam Haan, RN, Department of Surgery research coordinator, received the 2017 Lansing State Journal Community Service Award.

College of Human Medicine Flint Campus student Fatima Barragan was selected by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to participate in its Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP).

Erin Sarzynski, MD, MS, assistant professor, Department of Family Medicine, has been selected to participate in the National Institute on Aging (NIA) Butler-Williams Scholars Program.

Lindsay Gluf Magar, from the Department of Surgery, received the Association for Surgical Education's Academic Program Administrator Certification in Surgery.

May 2017

Adesuwa Olomu, MD, professor of medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, vice chair for research and director of the Office-GAP Program, has been accepted as a Fellow in the 2017-2018 Class of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women. ELAM is the only program in North America dedicated to preparing women for senior leadership roles in academic health science institutions. FACULTY VOICE

Dean Norman J. Beauchamp Jr., was honored as a Gold Medal Winner by the American Roentegen Ray Society for his distinguished service to medical imaging at the ARRS annual conference April 30.

Rae Schnuth, PhD, assistant dean, curricular projects, and director, Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved, was honored at the 2017 MSU Service-Learning & Civic Engagement Recognition Program, April 20. Dr. Schnuth received her award in recognition for her demonstrated commitment to and capacity for developing reciprocal community partnerships and her sustained efforts in community engaged learning related to the mission of the College of Human Medicine.

Chintan Gandhi, MD, a neonatology fellow in the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, received the Oral Presentation of Distinction Award at the 16th Annual Michigan State University-Wayne State University Pediatric Research Day on March 29. The title of his presentation was "Degradation of Protective Lung Enzyme Angiotensin Converting Enzyme 2 (ACE 2) by Human Meconium: A Potential Mechanism of Meconium Aspiration Syndrome?"

James C. Anthony, PhD, received the American Public Health Association's Rema LaPouse Award from the American Public Health Association in recognition of "significant contributions to the scientific understanding of the epidemiology and control of mental disorders."

Danielle Nicklas, undergraduate student researcher working with Lixin Zhang, PhD, in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, won first place for her research presention, "Antibiotic Resistance Among Poultry Farming Communities in Rural Ecuador" at the 9th Annual University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum's Epidemiology and Public Health section.

Two teams of Traverse City Rural Community Health Program students will be presenting research at both the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and the National Rural Health Association conferences in San Diego. Both studies were conducted in the students' rural educational communities. Projects and student teams are: "Perceived barriers to higher education and medical education in rural Michigan," by Hope Bauer and Carter Anderson; and "Factors influencing post-partum smoking relapse in a rural population," by Joy Burrell and Haleigh Edgar.

A recent recruitment trip across the country was a success for the Office of Admissions. Several admissions staff members hit the pavement across a few west coast campuses for the office's first official Southern California Road Trip! With California residents consistently making up the second-most amount of applicants to the College of Human Medicine from year to year, the admissions team felt it necessary to visit several schools and health fairs in the area (LA, SD, Santa Monica, Claremont) from April 17-22. Along with several recruitment events, the office held an evening meet and greet for area alumni and currently accepted applicants.

April 2017

TaLawnda L. Bragg, MD, received the 2017 Eugene Browning Medical Service Award at the 35th Annual Giants Awards Banquet. Each year, this event honors 13 African American individuals or organizations for their exceptional contributions toward shaping the history and quality of life of greater Grand Rapids. Dr. Bragg is an internal medicine hospitalist, Spectrum Health Medical Group, and program director and assistant professor, Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners/MSU Internal Medicine Residency Program.

March 2017

The Right Place has appointed Dean Norman Beauchamp Jr., MD, MHS, to its board for a three-year term. The Right Place is West Michigan’s leading economic development organization, offering confidential, comprehensive services in the region, meeting with current and prospective companies, and connecting them to the resources they need to grow in West Michigan.

Marleen Eijkholt, PhD, LL.M/LL.B, has been appointed assistant professor, Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, and Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology.

The AAMC Group on Institutional Advancement has presented the College of Human Medicine with an "Award for Excellence" for the masterful communication execution of a depression screening tool “Depression in Pregnancy Among Medicaid-Insured Women.” Funded by a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the PI on the project was LeeAnne Roman, PhD, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology. She was joined by Jennifer Raffo and Margaret Holmes-Rovner, PhD, as content developers of the decision aid, and Aaron Sullivan from Extra Credit Projects as designer. Collaborators included Spectrum Health, Priority Health, Arbor Circle, Cherry Health, Kent County Health Department, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and other community partners as part of an AHRQ community demonstration and research project. Each year the AAMC GIA recognizes the most outstanding marketing communication work among the nation's medical schools. Geri Kelley will accept the award March 30 at the 2017 AAMC National Professional Development Conference for Institutional Advancement - Awards for Excellence Ceremony.

The MSU Pediatric Hematology Oncology Clinic has been chosen to receive the "2017 Shining Star Award" from the Michigan Make a Wish Foundation to be presented March 15 at Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids. The award recognizes the MSU Pediatric Hematology Oncology Clinic for its dedication and commitment to referring chldren to the Michigan Make a Wish Foundation.

The Department of Family Medicine has presented Community Faculty Awards to honor dedicated family physicians and their offices across Michigan. These awards are based on students' input from each community campus. Recipients include: Teresa Sherman, MD, Flint Campus; Angela Oostema, MD, Grand Rapids Campus; Paul Berg, MD, Midland Regional Campus; Lynn Nevin, MD, Lansing Campus; Dan Hardie, MD, Upper Peninsual Region Campus; and the Traverse City community recognized all of their community faculty. Fourth-year student at the UP Campus, Karl Damroth, wrote of Dr. Hardie’s “endless devotion to his patients” in his nomination. "Dr. Hardie has managed to develop both a fantastic breadth of knowledge and a great emotional intelligence, and is a model for the bio-psycho-social approach to health care. Additionally, he somehow manages to make time to thoroughly teach medical students," Damroth said.

Third-year student Fatima Barragan was selected for an oral presentation of her research involving identifying the aberrant expression of stem cells in endometriosis at the March 2017 annual meeting of the Society for Reproductive Investigation (SRI). Fatima was selected for the SRI Pfizer Presidents Award which is presented to the best 25 abstracts submitted to the meeting. "This is a wonderful accomplishment for a medical student, given there are about 800 abstracts submitted for presentation," said Asgi Fazleabas, PhD, who worked with Fatima in his laboratory in 2015.

February 2017

Basim Dubaybo, MD, has been appointed director of medical education/designated institutional official for Providence-Providence Park Hospital and joins the faculty of the College of Human Medicine Southeast Michigan Campus.

John B. Molidor, PhD, community assistant dean and professor, College of Human Medicine Flint Campus, was honored by the National Speakers Association-Michigan Chapter as namesake and inaugural recipient of the chapter's John B. Molidor President’s Award.

Ross Ramsey, MD (CHM 2009), assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine and former Sparty, has been voted Best Family Doctor in Huron County. 

Karen Crosby, MBA, chief financial officer, College of Human Medicine, received the 2016 Outstanding Supervisor Award from the Michigan State University WorkLife Office.

Sue Barman, PhD, professor, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, received the 2016 Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Chairs of Departments of Physiology.

Rick Neubig, MD, PhD, chair and professor, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, has been appointed chair-elect of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

A full listing of faculty arrivals and achievements is available in MD Magazine pages 36-41.