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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Erich Grotewold, PhD, is professor and chair of the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology.

Dr. Grotewold’s research focuses on plant systems biology, and his main research projects include understanding the control of plant gene expression, establishing the architecture of plant gene regulatory networks, engineering plant metabolism using transcription factors, studying the transport of phytochemicals, and identifying cellular targets of natural products in plants and animals. He uses several plant systems, including maize, tomato, pennycress, camelina and Arabidopsis. 

Dr. Grotewold received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry and PhD in molecular biology/biochemistry from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Following a three-year postdoc at Cold Spring Harbor Labs, he became a staff Investigator at the Labs. In 1998, Dr. Grotewold joined the Ohio State University as professor in the Departments of Molecular Genetics and Horticulture & Crop Sciences. In 2011, he became director of the Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center and director of the Center for Applied Plant Sciences. In 2017, Dr. Grotewold joined Michigan State University as chair of the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology.

Among his professional honors, Dr. Grotewold was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2009. 

Cardiovascular Medicine

Ashraf Mansour, MD, MBA, FACS, is professor and director of the Division of the Cardiovascular Medicine.

Dr. Mansour practices vascular surgery at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids and serves as a director on the Spectrum Health System Board. His research interests are in the areas of clinical vascular surgery and surgical quality.

A graduate of the Cairo University School of Medicine, Dr. Mansour completed his general surgery residency training at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a vascular surgery fellowship at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He served in the United States Army Medical Corps in Ft. Benning, Georgia, and later was surgery faculty at Loyola University Chicago where he was program director for the surgery training program.

After moving to Michigan, Dr. Mansour started the vascular surgery fellowship and integrated residency in 2003 and directed the programs for 10 years. He was vice-chair of the Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners.  

Dr. Mansour is a member of several surgical societies and has served in many leadership roles in regional and national surgery organizations. He is past president of the Western Surgical Association, Midwest Vascular Surgical Society and the Michigan Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. He is currently a director on both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal Vascular Surgery.

Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences

Sean A. Valles, PhD, is associate professor and director of the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences.

Dr. Valles is a philosopher of health specializing in the ethical and evidentiary complexities of how social contexts combine to create patterns of inequitable health disparities. His work includes studying the challenges of responsibly using race and ethnicity concepts in monitoring health disparities, scrutinizing the rhetoric of the COVID-19 pandemic as an ‘unprecedented’ problem that could not be prepared for, and examining how biomedicine meshes with public health and population health.

Dr. Valles is author of the 2018 book “Philosophy of Population Health: Philosophy for a New Public Health Era.” He is also co-editor of the Oxford University Press book series "Bioethics for Social Justice.” Dr. Valles received his PhD in history and philosophy of science from Indiana University Bloomington.

Emergency Medicine

Michael Brown, MD, MSc, is chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine.

After graduating from the College of Human Medicine in 1986, Dr. Brown completed his residency training at Butterworth Hospital where he subsequently joined the core faculty. During this period, he developed a passion for summarizing research evidence in a form useful to clinicians, an interest that led to a Master of Science degree in epidemiology with a focus on evidence synthesis.

Dr. Brown has shared his expertise teaching evidence-based medicine concepts to medical students and by engaging in knowledge translation at the national level by serving as the lead editor for the Annals of Emergency Medicine Systematic Review Snapshot series and as chair of the American College of Emergency Physicians Clinical Policies Committee. He currently serves as senior editor for the Cochrane Acute and Emergency Care Network, which is known globally as the preeminent source of high-quality systematic reviews.

Dr. Brown serves in a leadership role on the American Board of Emergency Medicine New Advances Panel and will complete his term as immediate past president for the Association of Academic Chairs of Emergency Medicine.

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Dawn P. Misra, MHS, PhD, is chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

Before her appointment at MSU, Dr. Misra was the associate chair for research in the Department of Family Medicine & Public Health Sciences at the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan.  

Her research endeavors to contribute to a fuller understanding of the pathways which lead to optimal perinatal health and close the gap in disparities. The Institute of Medicine committee report on preterm birth cites several of Dr. Misra’s papers and notes that her life course framework guided the committee’s approach to examining the causes of preterm birth. She is the author of more than 100 journal articles and book chapters.

Dr. Misra received her bachelor’s degree and Master of Health Science degree (Maternal and Child Health) from the Johns Hopkins University and a PhD in epidemiology from Columbia University. Following her doctorate, Dr. Misra was a visiting assistant professor at City College New York and later joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins University. Prior to her appointment at Wayne State University, she served as an associate professor and the director of the Reproductive and Women’s Health Interdepartmental Concentration at the University of Michigan.

Family Medicine

Bengt Arnetz, MD, PhD, MScEpi, MPH is chair of the Department of Family Medicine.

Dr. Arnetz is internationally known for his research on stress and physician well-being.

He completed his medical education at Karolinska Institute, Solna, Sweden, and his internship at Capio St. Goran’s Hospital in Stockholm. His residency in occupational and environmental medicine was completed at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Arnetz is a Fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. He chairs the residency advisory committee for occupational and environmental medicine at the Uniformed Services University. He is also vice president for the Michigan Public Health Institute.

Institute for Health Policy

Kathleen Oberst, RN, PhD, is director of the Institute for Health Policy (IHP).

Dr. Oberst has been affiliated with IHP for two decades with experience in health service access, quality improvement, program evaluation, and health plan accreditation. Her clinical experience was in general medical surgical and emergency department nursing and has served as principal and co-investigator on a variety of state and federally funded projects.

Dr. Oberst holds undergraduate degrees in microbiology from the University of Michigan and nursing from Wayne State University. She obtained graduate degrees, MS and PhD, in epidemiology from Michigan State University.

At MSU, Dr. Oberst has served multiple terms on the college's admission committee. She was a board member and president of the Michigan Public Health Association and is active in academy health as a member of the State-University Partnership Learning Network.

Medicine

Supratik Rayamajhi, MD, is associate professor and interim chair for the Department of Medicine.

Dr. Rayamajhi is the director for the Michigan State University Internal Medicine Residency and director of the Medicine Critical Care Clerkship. He attended medical school at Tribhuvan University, Nepal, and completed his residency in the Michigan State University Internal Medicine Residency Program in Lansing, Mich.

 

Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

Victor J. DiRita, PhD, is the Rudolph Hugh Endowed Chair in Microbial Pathogenesis, and chair of the Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics.

Dr. DiRita’s research is on biology and pathogenicity of infectious bacteria, uncovering knowledge about basic mechanisms of infection and developing approaches for discovery of new therapeutics. He earned his PhD at Purdue University in biological sciences and did his postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School. Prior to joining the faculty at MSU, Dr. DiRita served on the faculty at the University of Michigan Medical School from 1991 to 2015.

At Michigan, he was the founding director of the Molecular Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenesis Training Program from 1997 to 2015 and served as associate dean for graduate & postdoctoral studies in the UM Medical School from 2010 to 2015. In the latter role he established the Office of Postdoctoral Studies. Dr. DiRita has mentored several undergraduate, doctoral, and postdoctoral researchers who have pursued teaching and biomedical careers in at colleges, universities and in industry.

From 1999 to 2019, Dr. DiRita served as editor for the journals Infection and Immunity and Journal of Bacteriology. He chaired the 2008 Gordon Research Conference on Microbial Toxins and Pathogenicity and was co-chair for the 2020 American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Microbe Meeting. Dr. DiRita is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and is currently President of the ASM.

Neurology and Ophthalmology

David Kaufman, DO, FANA is professor and chair of the Department of Neurology and Ophthalmology.

Dr. Kaufman completed his medical education at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. His residency in neurology and fellowship in visual electrophysiology were completed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Kaufman’s neuro-ophthalmology fellowship was concluded at Massachusetts General Hospital where he was also a Harvard clinical research fellow.

With 20 years of continual National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding, Dr Kaufman has extensive experience with multi-center trials in neuro-ophthalmology. This includes serving on the executive committee of five trials and on the data and safety monitoring committee of a sixth trial, all sponsored by the NIH-National Eye Institute (NEI). Dr Kaufman has also participated in broad clinical research related to therapeutic strategies for stroke. More recently his research has focused on mTBI and sports concussion using various biomarkers including fMRI and serum microRNA.

Dr. Kaufman has won 30 teaching and service awards from Michigan State University, has lectured extensively throughout the US and Europe, and has helped train more than 70 fellows in neuro-ophthalmology. He served on the NEI planning committee for its five-year national research plan and is also has an active clinical practice in neuro-ophthalmology.

Clinical Neuroscience

Kost Elisevich, MD, PhD, is senior academic adviser for the Division of Clinical Neurosciences and professor of surgery.

Dr. Elisevich is program director for neurosurgery at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Professor of Surgery at Michigan State University. His particular interests include the surgical management of epilepsy, studies in epileptogenesis and both electrographic and imaging features of focal epileptogenicity in humans.

He obtained his medical degree at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada, and completed his neurosurgery training with McGill University at the Montreal Neurological Institute and affiliated hospitals. Doctoral studies in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Western Ontario were also completed in the interim.

Dr. Elisevich is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American College of Surgeons. He has more than 150 publications including a book entitled, “Case Studies and Commentaries in Epilepsy.”

Translational Neuroscience

Jack Lipton, PhD, is professor and chair of the Department of Translational Neuroscience.

Dr. Lipton received his undergraduate and doctoral degrees in psychology and behavioral neuroscience from the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of California, Los Angeles.

His research focused on strategies for dopamine cell transplantation as a therapeutic for Parkinson’s disease and the consequences of prenatal drugs of abuse on dopamine system development at Rush University in Chicago. In 2004, at the University of Cincinnati, he established the Division of Neuropharmacology in the Department of Psychiatry. While there, he and his colleagues were awarded a Morris K. Udall Center Grant of Excellence in Parkinson’s Disease Research which transferred to Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in 2009.

At MSU, Dr. Lipton founded the Department of Translational Neuroscience housed in the MSU Grand Rapids Research Center. Under his continued leadership as professor and founding chair, the department has been awarded more than $50 million in research support and is among the top research-intensive units in the college.

In 2020, Dr. Lipton proposed, developed, operationalized, and lead the MSU Early Detection Program for testing faculty, staff, and students for Covid-19. Dr. Lipton has been an advocate for universities facilitating national preparedness for biomedical disasters through Op-Eds in The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and The Hill and appearances on MSNBC, Peacock, NPR, and Fox News.

Neurosurgery

Teck M. Soo, MD, FRCSC FRCS(Ed) FACS FAANS, is assistant professor and director of the Division of Neurosurgery.

Dr. Soo is the director of the neurosurgical residency program at Ascension Providence Hospitals, chief of neurosurgery at Ascension Providence Hospital, and director of the Complex Spine Program at Van Elslander Neuroscience Center of Excellence.

Dr. Soo received his medical degree at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, in 1986, and completed a general surgery residency at the University of Hong Kong. He became a fellow of the College of Surgeons in Edinburgh, the United Kingdom, in 1991. He completed a neurosurgical residency and two neurosurgical spine fellowships at the University of Toronto, Canada. Dr. Soo became a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada in 1997 and the American College of Surgeons in 2004. Dr. Soo’s extensive training and continuous innovation in spinal surgeries form the basis of his clinical research.

Since 2007, Dr. Soo has been a teaching faculty of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He became the program director of the neurosurgical residency at Ascension Providence Hospital, in 2016. In 2017, the 14-resident program successfully achieved ACGME accreditation.

Dr. Soo is passionate about teaching. His goal is to educate the next generation of compassionate, ethical, and competent neurosurgeons. In 2016, the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons awarded Dr. Soo the Presidential Citation for teaching. In 2019, Dr. Soo became the first division chief of neurosurgery at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology

Richard Leach, MD, is professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology.

Dr. Leach is a national expert on early implantation, and his research is supported by the National Institutes of Health to study how this can cause infertility.

He received his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine and completed residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at William Beaumont Hospital. He completed his fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Leach is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology with subspecialty certification in reproductive endocrinology and infertility.

Dr. Leach is a Fellow in the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Clinical Endocrinologists. Dr. Leach serves on several national committees as an expert on in-vitro fertilization (IVF), including the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technologies.

Orthopedics 

Douglas Dietzel, DO, is interim chair for the Department of Orthopedics.

Dr. Dietzel is the clinical director of Michigan State University Sports Medicine and team orthopedic surgeon for MSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. He practices at the Michigan Surgical Center and McLaren Orthopedic Hospital, where he also serves as medical director the McLaren Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program. In addition, he has served as a team physician and orthopedic consultant for Holt High School and Lansing Community College.

A graduate of Ball State University, he attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. During this time, he worked with the Philadelphia Eagles football organization in the capacity of a certified athletic trainer (ATC). Dr. Dietzel’s internship and residency were completed at St. Johns Medical System in Detroit and his Fellowship in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine under the direction of Dr. Herb Ross.  

Dr. Dietzel serves as a board member of American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics Foundation and is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine, and Arthroscopy Association of North America.

Otolaryngology

Seilesh C. Babu, MD, is assistant professor and director of the Division of Otolaryngology.

Dr. Seilesh Babu is a board certified neurotologist, completing his otology and skull base fellowship at the prestigious Michigan Ear Institute and his residency in otolaryngology at Henry Ford Health System.

Dr. Babu focuses on ear disorders that affect both adults and children. He addresses hearing loss and hearing reconstructive surgery, temporal bone and cochlear implants, dizziness, and facial nerve disorders. He has published extensively on these topics in peer reviewed journals and has served as senior editor on several textbooks in Otology and Neurotology.

Actively involved with medical student, resident, and fellow training, Dr. Babu is developing an otolaryngology interest group at the local medical schools and serves as appointed program director for the Ascension Macomb Otolaryngology residency program. In addition, he has mentored students, residents, and fellows in research aspiration and has recently developed a summer research program for medical students to facilitate their introduction to otolaryngology as well as research.  

Dr. Babu is recognized in his field as a key thought leader and contributor, and he is routinely invited to participate in national panel discussions, and regularly invited to lecture locally, nationally, and internationally. Dr. Babu is a member of the Triological Otolaryngology Society, joining a select group of otolaryngologists with recognition in this society. He is past president of the Michigan Otolaryngology Society, and is also active nationally as a volunteer for the American Academy of Otolarygnology and Head and Neck Surgery committees, including serving on the award-winning Otology/Neurotology Education Committee.

Dr Babu has admitting privileges at several local hospitals including Ascension Providence Health System, William Beaumont Hospital, Oakwood Hospital, and Flower Hospital in Sylvania, Ohio. 

Pediatrics and Human Development

Keith English, MD, is professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development.

A native of Texas, Dr. English earned his bachelor’s degree from Coe College and his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. He completed his pediatric residency and chief residency at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital in Houston and trained in pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Washington/Seattle Children's Hospital.

Dr. English joined the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., in1990 and later became chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and professor of pediatrics. In 2009, he played a leading role in helping the Memphis community respond to the H1N1 Influenza A pandemic and was honored for these efforts by the Tennessee chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics as the 2010 “Pediatrician of the Year.”

In 2013, Dr. English joined the College of Human Medicine where he has worked to expand statewide partnerships in pediatrics and to expand pediatric research.

Medical Education Research and Development

Randi N. Stanulis, PhD, is director of the Office of Medical Education Research and Development (OMERAD) and assistant dean of professional development.

Dr. Stanulis received her doctorate from Michigan State University’s nationally ranked Teacher Education program. She is known for designing interventions that enhance teaching and learning in a way that transforms culture.

In medical education, Dr. Stanulis collaborates with OMERAD faculty to build a view of ambitious teaching in medical education small group teaching. She and her colleagues research examples in action of changes in practice that manifest as a result of participants’ involvement in longitudinal professional development and coaching. She has been involved in leading faculty development at many of the college's community campuses around building habits of effectiveness and providing support for clinician-educators in learning to teach effectively.

Nationally, Dr. Stanulis is known for supporting teachers to learn and apply educative mentoring practices that enhance novice learning to teach. In 2007, she received MSU’s prestigious Outreach Scholarship Community Outreach Award for her partnership work with the Lansing School District. Dr. Stanulis has led several grant-funded, large-scale interventions in urban school districts to enhance the culture and teaching practices in service of high poverty students.

Pharmacology and Toxicology

Anne Dorrance, PhD, is interim chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology.

Before serving as interim chair, Dr. Dorrance was the Ph.D. program director for Pharmacology and Toxicology. She is also the co-director of an NIH-funded Integrative Pharmacological Sciences Training Program and has a keen interest in developing the mentoring skills of both faculty and students.

Dr. Dorrance’s research focuses on the effects of hypertension and obesity on the cerebral vasculature, with a particular interest in how vascular dysfunction contributes to the development and exacerbation of dementia. Her research is currently funded by the NIH, and she has been funded by the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association in the past.

Dr. Dorrance completed her Ph.D. at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, and her post-doctoral training at the University of Michigan and the Medical College of Georgia. She is a Fellow of the American Heart Association and an active member of the American Physiological Society. She currently serves as the secretary/treasurer for the Cardiovascular Section of the American Physiological Society.

Physiology

Charles “Lee” Cox, PhD, is professor and chair of the Department of Physiology.

The research interest of Dr. Cox is in the cellular mechanisms underlying behavioral plasticity. His research is concentrated on the neurophysiology and pharmacology of neocortical and thalamic neurons in the mammalian central nervous system.

 

Precision Health

Anna Moore, PhD, is director of Precision Health and assistant dean and professor

Prior to joining Michigan State University, Dr. Moore had a successful career at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School where she was a professor and director of the Molecular Imaging Laboratory.

Dr. Moore earned her PhD in bioorganic chemistry from the Institute of Biochemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences. Her research is in the area of cancer imaging and image-guided therapy. She is a co-founder of TransCode Therapeutics, a company that is aimed at bringing these therapies into clinic.

A recipient of multiple grants from the National Institutes of Health and other agencies, Dr. Moore published in the most prestigious journals including Nature, Nature Medicine, Nature Biotechnology, PNAS and others.

Dr. Moore has received multiple honors and awards including a Distinguished Investigator Award from the Academy of Radiology Research and an Outstanding Teacher Award from the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. She served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the World Molecular Imaging Society (WMIS). For her service to the Society Dr. Moore was elected as a Fellow of the World Molecular Imaging Society.

Psychiatry

Jed Magen, DO, MS, is associate professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry.

Dr. Magen graduated from the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa, and did a rotating internship at Botsford General Hospital in Farmington Hills, Michigan.

He was a commissioned officer in the United States Public Health Service and served with the Indian Health Service for three years. Dr. Magen completed a general psychiatry residency and a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the University of Michigan, where he was chief resident in child and adolescent psychiatry and later departmental chief resident.

In 2003, Dr. Magen completed a Master of Science degree in Medical Management at the University of Texas, Dallas School of Management. He is an expert in the area of funding of graduate medical education in the United States. He is a part of a research group studying neuropsychiatric outcomes of cerebral malaria in children in Africa.

Dr. Magen is a past president of the American Osteopathic College of Neurologists and Psychiatrists and of the Michigan Psychiatric Society. He was a member of the Executive Council of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training and is an appointed member of the Council of Academic Societies of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

Eric D. Achtyes, MD, MS, is associate professor and director of the Division of Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine.

Dr. Achtyes is also the behavioral health medical director for Network180, which provides the public mental health safety net for the more than 655,000 people living in Kent County, Michigan.

A graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School, Dr. Achtyes completed his internship at the Michigan State University Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies and his adult psychiatry residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean/Harvard program in 2007. He currently treats patients on the ECT service at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services and those with serious mental illness in a behavioral health home at Network180.

Dr. Achtyes has been an investigator on more than 40 clinical trials in depression and schizophrenia, including federally funded research projects from NIA, NICHD, NIMH, NIDA, NIAAA and CMS. He is a distinguished fellow of the APA and previously served as the president of the Michigan Psychiatric Society.

Public Health

Debra Furr-Holden, PhD, is associate dean for Public Health Integration, a Charles Stewart Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health, and director of the Division of Public Health at Michigan State University.  

An epidemiologist, Dr. Furr-Holden is a classically trained public health professional with expertise in behavioral health equity and health disparities. She is the director of the NIH-funded Flint Center for Health Equity Solutions and has extensively worked with community-based organizations, local municipal officials and policy makers.  

Dr. Furr-Holden’s research is grounded in the rubrics of epidemiology and consistent with principles and practices for understanding social determinants of health and health equity. Her community-based, action-oriented research has been championed by community stakeholders and has driven multiple policy interventions. These include addressing some of the nation’s greatest public health challenges, especially among racial and ethnic minorities and in racially and economically segregated communities.

Dr. Furr-Holden received her bachelor’s degree in natural sciences and public health from the Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and her PhD from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Quantitative Health Science and Engineering

 Christopher H. Contag, PhD, is the Director of the Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering, and the Chair of Biomedical Engineering.

Dr. Contag is the founding chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and inaugural director of the Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering at Michigan State University. He is also professor emeritus in the Department of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Dr. Contag received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, and his PhD in microbiology from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He completed his postdoctoral training at Stanford University and joined the Stanford faculty in 1995 where he was professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, Radiology, Bioengineering and Microbiology & Immunology. In 2016, Dr. Contag joined the faculty of Michigan State University.

A pioneer in the in the field of molecular imaging, Dr. Contag is developing imaging approaches aimed at revealing molecular processes in living subjects, including humans, and advancing therapeutic strategies through imaging. He is a founding member and past president of the Society for Molecular Imaging (SMI), and recipient of the Achievement Award from the SMI and the Britton Chance Award from SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics, for his fundamental contributions to optics. Dr. Contag is a fellow of the World Molecular Imaging Society (WMIS) and the recent past President of WMIS.

Radiology 

Kevin C. Robinson, DO, MBA, is the Interim chair of the Department of Radiology. 

Since 2018, Dr. Robinson has been the interim chair of the Department of Radiology, which includes the Division of Human Anatomy and the Precision Health Program.   

Dr. Robinson completed his medical education at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicinehis internship at Riverside Osteopathic Hospital in Trenton, Mich., followed by his residency and fellowship at Michigan State University Department of Radiology. In addition, he completed his Master of Business Administration in health care from George Washington University in 2018. 

At MSU, Dr. Robinson has served as the MRI fellowship director and has also been part of the College Advisory Committee and Committee on Student Evaluations. He is an excellent educator, having received six Golden Apple Awards for excellence in teaching.  

Dr. Robinson is the Radiology Department’s director of education, overseeing radiology resident conferences and the Atis K. Freimanis Visiting Professor Program. He has been involved with the statewide campus system along with course coordinator for several courses. He also instructs PGY2 radiology residents in the weekly Brant and Helms Club. 

Dr. Robinson serves on the board of Spartan Radiology, a new joint venture partnership between MSU Health Care and Advanced Radiology Services. Having completed his undergraduate degree at Michigan State University, Dr. Robinson is an avid fan of MSU sports programs. 

Radiology and Biomedical Imaging

Mark DeLano, MD, FACR, is associate professor and director of the Division of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging.  

A College of Human Medicine alumnus, Dr. DeLano joined the radiology faculty in 1996 after medicine internship at Northwestern University, diagnostic radiology residency at Duke University, and neuroradiology fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. After serving for 12 years on the MSU faculty in East Lansing, he was appointed division director in Grand Rapids. As a partner in Advanced Radiology Services, Dr. DeLano leads the academic teaching and research missions of the college within the radiology practice in West Michigan. 

Dr. DeLano's expertise, training and clinical experience is in patient-centered translational research. His research and publications are in MR, neuroradiology, and clinical applications of emerging cardiac MR techniques in myocardial ischemia. Diverse basic and clinical research interests have led to his contributions as PI or co-investigator on university-, NIH-, and industry-funded grants and publications including pioneering work in clinical 3T MRI. His current interests include imaging biomarkers in health and disease and the linkages between image-guided disease screening, access to care, and care pathways to reduce the cost of care and improve outcomes. He presents his work nationally and internationally and has had a longstanding partnership with Beijing’s Capital Medical University.

Dr. DeLano is a senior member of the American Society of Neuroradiology and is active in the Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments.

Rehabilitation Medicine

John F. Butzer, MD, FAAN, FACPE, is director of the Division of Rehabilitation

Dr. Butzer is known for his work in value-based rehabilitation, improving quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries and the Learning Health System initiative. He completed his medical education at the University of Illinois and his internship and residency at the University of Iowa. He previously held faculty appointments at the University of Iowa. Dr. Butzer was chief medical officer at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital for 29 years and currently is Director Emeritus of Research at Mary Free Bed.

Dr. Butzer’s work in spinal cord injury is funded by the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, and he has subcontract funding from NIDILRR. He’s active in the educational activities of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. Recent publications include “Measuring Value in Postacute Care” and “Commentary on the Challenges and Benefits of Implementing Standardized Outcome Measures,” published in the Archives of Physical Medicine, and “Rehabilitation and Participation by Design: Integrating a Social Ecological Approach with Universal Design to Increase Participation” and “Add Value for Consumers,” published in Disability and Health Journal.

Surgery

Andrew Zwyghuizen, MD, is associate chair of the Department of Surgery.

Dr. Zwyghuizen is a Michigan native and completed his pre-medical training at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, graduating with dual degrees in Biochemistry and Psychology.

He obtained his MD degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee, where he also completed a year as a plastic surgery research fellow through the Medical Scholars program.

For his plastic surgery training, Dr. Zwyghuizen returned home to complete a prestigious six-year integrated plastic surgery residency at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He achieved board certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) in 2011.

Dr. Zwyghuizen serves as chief of surgery for MSU Health Care, and as medical director for MSU Health Care Surgery, MSU Aesthetic & Laser Treatment Center, and plastic surgery at Sparrow Hospital. In addition, he maintains a busy clinical practice in breast reconstruction, breast & body contouring, and facial cosmetic surgery. Academically, he continues original research in patient satisfaction through the journey of breast reconstruction.

Outside of clinical medicine, Dr. Zwyghuizen serves as MSU Health Care’s chief medical information officer overseeing the team for the MSUHealth-athena electronic medical record system.