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Dean's Update

Dean's Update

December 1, 2023 - Aron Sousa, MD

On a snowy evening this week, I had dinner with a lovely group of alumni and former MSU faculty in Traverse City. We discussed the college as it was and the work we do now as we approach the college’s sixtieth year. Inevitably, people ask about their favorite faculty member or maybe the most memorable.

November College News Headlines

November College News Headlines

November 30, 2023

Catch up on news headlines and more updates from the college.

Published Research

Published Research

November 30, 2023

The latest published research from College of Human Medicine faculty.

Research Grants

Research Grants

November 30, 2023

The latest research grants awarded to faculty at the College of Human Medicine.

Parameswaran appointed senior associate dean for research

Parameswaran appointed senior associate dean for research

November 27, 2023

In his new role as senior associate dean for research, Nara Parameswaran plans to continue a passion that has driven his work for many years: solving problems.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

November 17, 2023 - Aron Sousa, MD

Of all the awards the university uses to recognize excellence, I think my favorite is the Outstanding Supervisor Award. The WorkLife Office arranges surprise celebrations for the handful of winners each year. The college has been fortunate to have deserving recipients in past years, and this year we have two! Congratulations to Jennifer Raffo of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology and to Steve Ondersma, PhD, of the Charles Stewart Mott Department of Public Health and Ob/Gyn.

Medical Students Get Hands-On Wilderness Training in the UP

Medical Students Get Hands-On Wilderness Training in the UP

November 16, 2023

Learn about the Northern Wilderness Emergency and Sports Medicine “COMPASS” elective, unique to MSU College of Human Medicine’s Upper Peninsula Region Campus. Students experience the Upper Peninsula’s environment while learning valuable skills they can use as future physicians.

Mahmoudi recognized as global top researcher

Mahmoudi recognized as global top researcher

November 15, 2023

Morteza Mahmoudi, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Radiology and Precision Health Program, has been recognized in the “2023 Highly Cited Researchers” list, a ranking organized annually by Clarivate Analytics.

MSU and Corewell Health Fund Nearly $1.4 Million in New Research Grants to Advance Therapies for Patients

MSU and Corewell Health Fund Nearly $1.4 Million in New Research Grants to Advance Therapies for Patients

November 14, 2023

Corewell Health and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine are funding nearly $1.4 million in new research grants that will tackle potential new therapies for diseases including cancer, coronary artery disease and more.

Creating Community in Military Medicine

Creating Community in Military Medicine

November 10, 2023

Recognizing the need for a community of military medicine students and physicians within the College of Human Medicine, second-year students Joshua Rabotnick and Rachel Armstrong founded the Military Medicine Interest Group at the college in March 2023. Read about the group, their motivation for its creation, and the nature of a career in military medicine.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

November 10, 2023 - Aron Sousa, MD

The college does not take cultural, scientific, or political positions, but our people do. My own opinions can tell you something about me as a person, but as the dean of the College of Human Medicine, I am here for all our staff, faculty, students, patients, research subjects, and community partners even, or especially, if they disagree with me or others in the college. All I ask is that we be good to each other. It is easy enough to be nice to people when you agree, but I especially ask that we be good to each other when we do not agree

Notable Health Care Leaders in West Michigan

Notable Health Care Leaders in West Michigan

November 3, 2023

Executive Vice President for Health Sciences Norman J. Beauchamp Jr., MD, alumnus and former dean of the College of Human Medicine, and Jack Lipton, PhD, professor and founding chair of the Department of Translational Neuroscience, were named “Notable West Michigan Leaders in Health Care.”

October College News Headlines

October College News Headlines

October 30, 2023

Catch up on news headlines and more updates from the college.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

October 27, 2023 - Aron Sousa, MD

Sometimes the struggle of moving a project forward is like swimming around in a bowl of tapioca pudding: there must have been a starting point, but after circling for long enough, you have lost track of the beginning and ending; no creature evolved to swim in this stuff; and although you liked tapioca at one time, now you are not so sure. And then there are weeks like this one, when you’ve apparently eaten so much of the pudding, you can climb out of the bowl, and many projects take an important step forward in the same week.

MSU Board of Trustees approves six new departments

MSU Board of Trustees approves six new departments

October 27, 2023

The Michigan State University Board of Trustees approved six new departments in the MSU College of Human Medicine. The departments – dermatology, otolaryngology, pathology, radiation oncology, urology, and neurosurgery – are being developed as part of the Henry Ford Health + Michigan State University Health Sciences partnership.

Did you track lead from work into your home?

Did you track lead from work into your home?

October 26, 2023

MSU and other organizations are urging increased awareness during National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, Oct. 22 to 28, designated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

New toolkit empowers clinicians and the LGBTQ+ community to make informed decisions on HIV prevention

New toolkit empowers clinicians and the LGBTQ+ community to make informed decisions on HIV prevention

October 25, 2023

A passion project for third-year medical student Elena Lafata is now an online toolkit for clinicians and members of the LGBTQ+ community to learn about HIV PrEP and make informed decisions about prevention. 

A healthy partnership in Flint includes residents at the table

A healthy partnership in Flint includes residents at the table

October 23, 2023

MSU and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation are expanding public health initiatives to improve health and quality of life for the city’s residents.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

October 20, 2023 - Aron Sousa, MD

Last week, I wrote about the violence in the Middle East, and the world overall, and how our students, staff, and faculty experience the violence in the streets and neighborhoods of their families and loved ones. It is frightening, infuriating, alienating, and traumatic.

Celebrating Faculty and Staff Success

Celebrating Faculty and Staff Success

October 20, 2023

Congratulations to the recipients of the College of Human Medicine's 2023 faculty and staff awards.

New Scholarships Implemented as part of Indigenous Pathway program

New Scholarships Implemented as part of Indigenous Pathway program

October 18, 2023

In a recent State News article, Dean Sousa discusses two new scholarships to address the shortage of medical doctors serving indigenous communities and reduce health disparities through the Indigenous Pathway program

Everybody is Somebody — Violence is a Public Health Issue

Everybody is Somebody — Violence is a Public Health Issue

October 17, 2023

Kenyetta Dotson, DMIN, MSW, provides insight into the public health issue of violence. Violence is a doorway to unhealthy outcomes and poor living conditions; violence impacts the lives of thousands of individuals every year. The American Public Health Association officially deemed violence a public health crisis in 2018.

Dr. Charles Hong named Department of Medicine chair

Dr. Charles Hong named Department of Medicine chair

October 17, 2023

Detroit native Charles (“Chaz”) Hong, MD, PhD, has been named chair of the Department of Medicine.

Ask the expert: How harmful is radiation risk from mobile phones?

Ask the expert: How harmful is radiation risk from mobile phones?

October 16, 2023

Mark DeLano, chair of the Department of Radiology in the College of Human Medicine and the College of Osteopathic Medicine, shares his perspective on the issue of radiation levels from cell phones.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

October 13, 2023 - Aron Sousa, MD

A few highlights from the past busy week: the college held the inaugural Ambassador Peter F. Secchia Lecture; we celebrated the renewal of the CHM portion of the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes; we announced a $19 million NIH center grant, Multilevel Interventions to Advance Maternal Health Equity Center, aka, MIRACLE Center and more, in this week's update.

MSU, Henry Ford Health, Corewell Health announce $19M maternal health research center

MSU, Henry Ford Health, Corewell Health announce $19M maternal health research center

October 12, 2023

A new statewide center led by researchers at Henry Ford Health + Michigan State University Health Sciences and Corewell Health will study ways to reduce an alarming number of pregnancy-associated deaths and complications, particularly among Black, Hispanic and rural residents.

Jayne Ward, DO, FACH, FAAN, appointed chair of the Department of Neurology and Ophthalmology

Jayne Ward, DO, FACH, FAAN, appointed chair of the Department of Neurology and Ophthalmology

October 10, 2023

Jayne Ward, DO, FACH, FAAN, has been appointed chair of the Department of Neurology and Ophthalmology.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

October 6, 2023 - Aron Sousa, MD

In the next month or so, we will get our summary findings from the LCME. We have seen a draft by the site team, but that draft will change with the review by the LCME committee. I want to express my sincere gratitude for our team of students, faculty, and staff who have done so much great work on this process in the last few years. I’ll note that whole effort was complicated by dealing with COVID during our data collection year. Thank you one and all.

Prominent cancer researcher joins MSU

Prominent cancer researcher joins MSU

October 3, 2023

Internationally renowned cancer researcher Olorunseun “Seun” Ogunwobi joined MSU as chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He also serves as the co-director of the forthcoming Center for Cancer Health Equity Research at MSU.

September College News Headlines

September College News Headlines

September 29, 2023

Catch up on news headlines and more updates from the college.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

September 29, 2023 - Aron Sousa, MD

Adrianne Haggins, MD (‘07), MS is a clinical associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Michigan, who works on issues of health disparities among other scholarly interests and shares some thoughts in the final installment for Women in Medicine Month.

In-home prenatal support improves birth outcomes, reduces disparities, study shows

In-home prenatal support improves birth outcomes, reduces disparities, study shows

September 26, 2023

New MSU College of Human Medicine and Corewell Health research led by Cristian Meghea, Ph.D., lead author and associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology, shows that in-home, enhanced prenatal services provided by community health workers, nurses and social workers can dramatically reduce the risk of premature births, the main cause of infant deaths among Black and Hispanic populations.

Eneka Lamb Brings Global Perspective to Rural Health Leadership Role

Eneka Lamb Brings Global Perspective to Rural Health Leadership Role

September 26, 2023

Eneka Lamb, a third-year student, took a break from a surgical rotation in Midland to talk about her interest in rural medicine and her recent election as chair of the National Rural Health Association’s Student Constituency Group.

Celebrating Women in Medicine

Celebrating Women in Medicine

September 25, 2023

From clinics to classrooms, women physicians, residents, and med students lead with purpose and inspire those around them every day. Join us in honoring women in medicine this September during #WIMMonth.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

September 22, 2023 - Aron Sousa, MD

Heidi Burns (’13), a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the University of Michigan, writes an excellent piece stretching from her time at the College of Human Medicine through Ghana to the NIH and into the academy.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

September 15, 2023 - Aron Sousa, MD

As happens all too frequently, I began the week sending out an email to students, staff, and faculty attempting to briefly notify them of opportunities for support available to those impacted by yet another potentially triggering event.

A message from Dean Sousa

A message from Dean Sousa

September 12, 2023

The news and events of the weekend bring back some of this trauma even as the adjudication of the case is not yet complete. We are going to be in this for a while, but I am glad we have each other. Please be there for one another, and the people in our communities. There are support resources for our students, staff, and faculty, and all of our campuses have psychological support services as well.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

September 8, 2023 - Aron Sousa, MD

September is Women in Medicine Month, and just as in 2021, I have asked a few women to write a piece for the Dean’s Update reflecting their experience and thoughts related to women in medicine. This week, Candace Smith-King, MD (’03) is writing for us.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

September 1, 2023 - Aron Sousa, MD

As August turned to September, I passed five years in the dean’s chair(s) at the College of Human Medicine. I’ll grant you this has been spread over eight years, and about three-quarters of that experience was as interim dean. Interim or not, as of today, I have done 133 Town Halls and nearly 200 weekly updates. Based on my experience, interim years are longer than regular years.

$26M NIH grant addresses environmental influences on child health

$26M NIH grant addresses environmental influences on child health

September 1, 2023

Backed by a $26 million federal grant, researchers at three Michigan universities, a leading health care system, and a state agency will continue a long-term study of how exposure to environmental factors during pregnancy and early childhood can impact health for a lifetime.

August College News Headlines

August College News Headlines

August 31, 2023

Catch up on news headlines and more updates from the college.

Four College of Human Medicine students receive Oliver Goldsmith, MD, Scholarships

Four College of Human Medicine students receive Oliver Goldsmith, MD, Scholarships

August 30, 2023

Of the 12 Oliver Goldsmith, MD, Scholarships awarded this year by Kaiser Permanente, four recipients were College of Human Medicine students. Enrique Cazares-Navarro, Aldana Garcia, Patricio Ruano, and Melanie Valentin received the scholarship for their commitment to social justice and caring for underserved communities.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

August 25, 2023 - Aron Sousa, MD

If you are in need of some inspiration, look no further than Thursday’s Fall Convocation welcoming 11,000 new students to the university. There were many highlights: College of Human Medicine faculty member and university president Dr. Teresa Woodruff inducted the new students into MSU, the MSU Drumline was awesome as always, and CHM faculty member Dr. Jack Lipton was the university mace bearer!

White Coat Ceremony begins journey into medical profession for 189 MSU medical students

White Coat Ceremony begins journey into medical profession for 189 MSU medical students

August 22, 2023

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine welcomed its 2023 entering class at the medical school’s White Coat and Matriculation Ceremony, Saturday, Aug. 19, at DeVos Performance Hall. The 189 medical students participated in the time-honored tradition of donning crisp new white coats and taking the medical student oath.

Rizvi family members find home in both MSU medical schools

Rizvi family members find home in both MSU medical schools

August 21, 2023

The Rizvi family's connection to MSU runs deep! Ramsha Rizvi, a first-year student at the College of Human Medicine, is following in her family's medical footsteps. Inspired by her brother Syed, who attends the College of Osteopathic Medicine, and her mother Dr. Humaira Rizvi, a dedicated clinical assistant professor at both MSU medical schools, Ramsha is beginning her own journey in medicine.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

August 18, 2023 - Aron Sousa, MD

Our White Coat Ceremony is tomorrow. Students begin their College of Human Medicine careers as they finish, walking before the community in a special place where a future colleague adorns them with clothing very specific to their future role in life. That sentence could describe the transition ceremonies of countless cultures over human history and to students and faculty of any era.

In Memoriam of Daniel Mazzuchi, MD | 1939 - 2023

In Memoriam of Daniel Mazzuchi, MD | 1939 - 2023

August 17, 2023

Daniel S. Mazzuchi, MD, age 84, died August 10, 2023, at Trillium House in Marquette following a battle with cancer. Dr. Mazzuchi was instrumental in developing the Upper Peninsula campus for the MSU College of Human Medicine. A scholarship established in 1983 for Upper Peninsula students was renamed the Mazzuchi Scholarship in 2006 to honor Dr. Mazzuchi.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

August 11, 2023 - Aron Sousa, MD

We are delighted to have a new class of students and I was able to introduce myself to them, but mostly I talked about the College of Human Medicine and the good work the college does in the world through the remarkable achievements of our students, alumni, staff, and faculty.

Medical Student Confronts Firearm Epidemic with Prevention, Advocacy and Curriculum Changes

Medical Student Confronts Firearm Epidemic with Prevention, Advocacy and Curriculum Changes

August 11, 2023

As the nation grapples with the firearm epidemic, MSU College of Human Medicine students directly impacted by gun violence on their own campus are using their role as future physicians to advocate for change. Read Jasmanpreet Kaur's essay on the topic.

In Memoriam of William Dery, MD

In Memoriam of William Dery, MD

August 8, 2023

William Dery, MD, died Tuesday, August 1, 2023. He was a graduate of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and a former program director for the MyMichigan Family Medicine Residency Program in Midland, where he made significant, lifelong contributions to family medicine resident education, serving as a teaching physician for 40 years.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

August 4, 2023 - Aron Sousa, MD

You all will know that our strategic plan includes a grand challenge to improve health equity. A program like Rx Kids is a mountainous affirmation of our dedication to the cause, but know I value each step we take to improve health equity no matter the length of the stride.

Michigan as a Model to Address Infant Poverty

Michigan as a Model to Address Infant Poverty

July 31, 2023

Rx Kids, the nation’s first citywide prenatal and infant cash allowance program, receives approval of $16.5M from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant in the FY2024 Michigan budget to propel a healthy start for all Flint babies during the critical first year of life.

June & July College News Headlines

June & July College News Headlines

July 31, 2023

Catch up on news headlines and more updates from the college.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

July 28, 2023 - Aron Sousa, MD

This week, I had the pleasure of providing some brief opening remarks at the 2023 MSU Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders Family Professionals Conference and to chat with former university president M. Peter McPherson. And, it is with sadness that I report the death last week of the Hurley Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency director, Dr. Gassan Bachuwa and the decline of Dr. Dan Mazzuchi, who has entered hospice.

Olomu honored for efforts toward improving health care for minority populations

Olomu honored for efforts toward improving health care for minority populations

July 28, 2023

Ade Olomu, the Blanch B. and Frederick C. Swartz Endowed Professor of Medicine and chief of the College of Human Medicine’s Division of General Internal Medicine, recently received the Society of Internal Medicine’s 2023 Herbert W. Nickens Award. The Society gives the annual award to those who have “demonstrated exceptional commitment to cultural diversity in medicine or to improving minority health.” Ade Olomu, the Blanch B. and Frederick C. Swartz Endowed Professor of Medicine,

In Memoriam of Georgia Johnson, MD | 1930 - 2023

In Memoriam of Georgia Johnson, MD | 1930 - 2023

July 27, 2023

Georgia Anna Lewis Johnson, MD, passed away Wednesday, May 24, 2023 at the age 93 years. Dr. Johnson became the first Black female faculty physician in the College of Human Medicine in 1969, serving as an internal medicine assistant professor in the Department of Medicine. She was director of adolescent services and practiced at Olin Health Center.

In Memoriam of George Rowan, PhD | 1943-2023

In Memoriam of George Rowan, PhD | 1943-2023

July 27, 2023

George Thurston Rowan, PhD, age 80, passed away peacefully on May 30, 2023. He was the founder and director of the David Walker Research Institute in the College of Human Medicine and taught classes to first-year medical students in the college, and was an MSU faculty member for more than 35 years.

Philosopher and medical ethicist Leonard M. Fleck named University Distinguished Professor

Philosopher and medical ethicist Leonard M. Fleck named University Distinguished Professor

July 27, 2023

Leonard M. Fleck, PhD, has been named University Distinguished Professor, one of the highest honors that can be bestowed on a faculty member by the university. Fleck is appointed in both the Center for Bioethics and Social Justice and the Department of Philosophy.

MSU study links cadmium levels in women’s urine to endometriosis

MSU study links cadmium levels in women’s urine to endometriosis

July 24, 2023

According to Kristen Upson, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, women with a history of endometriosis had higher concentrations of cadmium in their urine compared to those without that diagnosis.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

July 21, 2023 - Aron Sousa, MD

Thanks to Supratik Rayamajhi, MD, who has been serving as the college’s interim chair of the Department of Medicine and welcome to Charles (Chaz) Hong, MD, PhD, as the incoming chair of our Department of Medicine. I also got to shadow Family Medicine physician for a bit that had me feeling nostalgic.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha Named Associate Dean for Public Health

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha Named Associate Dean for Public Health

July 20, 2023

Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, was recently was named the College of Human Medicine’s associate dean for public health, a new position created to coordinate and expand the college’s efforts to promote and protect the health of entire communities.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

July 14, 2023 - Aron Sousa, MD

This month our new second-year students have begun their Middle Clinical Experience and are off in clinics and wards. The third years, now rising fourth-year students, are studying for Step 2, and July 1 was the start of the year for new residents and fellows across the country. It may be summer, but our students, faculty, and staff are all working hard.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

June 30, 2023 - Aron Sousa, MD

In this week's Dean’s Update, Dean Sousa discusses the Supreme Court’s ruling on Affirmative Action, the effects of air pollution from Canadian wildfires, and more.

Building a village around LGBTQIA+ youth

Building a village around LGBTQIA+ youth

June 28, 2023

Backed by a grant from The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, second-year College of Human Medicine student Mary Finedore created a pilot program to support vulnerable LGBTQ+ youth and those aging out of foster care.

Dr. Amie Hop presents "Gender Affirming Care: Surgical Office Prospective"

Dr. Amie Hop presents "Gender Affirming Care: Surgical Office Prospective"

June 26, 2023

In honor of Pride Month, Dr. Amie Hop (she/her) joined our DEI Grand Rounds to talk about the importance of gender-affirming care.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

June 16, 2023 - Aron Sousa, MD

This week, the MSU Board of Trustees has been on retreat in Grand Rapids. In addition to their retreat, the board held their June public meeting in the Secchia Center Friday morning.

MSU Alzheimer’s disease expert bridges gap between ‘bench’ research and community

MSU Alzheimer’s disease expert bridges gap between ‘bench’ research and community

June 12, 2023

Michigan State University neuroscientist Irving Vega is often found in his lab studying the impact certain proteins have on the development of neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s disease. But when he’s not conducting research, Vega makes time to go out into the community to talk about Alzheimer’s disease and engage with students about their interest in science.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

June 9, 2023 - Aron Sousa, MD

This is Pride month, when we commemorate and celebrate the culture and rights of the LGBTQAI+ community.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

June 2, 2023 - Aron Sousa, MD

Periodically, I bring other people into the update to express their own experiences or to write about their community. This week, I am including a few paragraphs written by Man Yee (Tiffie) Keung, a Flint Campus medical student in the Class of 2024.

NIH awards MSU $4M to study rare children’s disease Bachmann-Bupp Syndrome

NIH awards MSU $4M to study rare children’s disease Bachmann-Bupp Syndrome

May 31, 2023

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a prestigious grant to a College of Human Medicine professor and a Helen Devos Children’s Hospital physician to study a rare genetic disease and related disorders that until recently were unknown.

May News Headlines

May News Headlines

May 30, 2023

Catch up on news headlines and more updates from the college.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

May 26, 2023 - Aron Sousa, MD

For all the struggles and challenges in the world, it is heartening and inspiring to be with people actively working to improve opportunity and communication. As I wrote last week, we hosted Black Leaders of Detroit (BLD) and Flint community members at the Flint Journal Building last Sunday.

Celebrating the Class of 2023!

Celebrating the Class of 2023!

May 25, 2023

On May 13, the Class of 2023 reunited at the MSU College of Human Medicine Commencement Ceremony after spending their third and fourth years of medical school in hospitals and clinics at the college’s statewide community campuses. See all the ways we celebrated them!

Flint Campus student selected for NFL diversity in sports medicine program

Flint Campus student selected for NFL diversity in sports medicine program

May 25, 2023

Tamarandobra (Dobra) Ogeh, a third-year medical student at the College of Human Medicine’s Flint Campus will get to complete one-month clinical rotation with the Detroit Lions and Henry Ford Health sports medicine physicians as part of the NFL Diversity in Sports Medicine Pipeline Initiative.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

May 19, 2023 - Aron Sousa, MD

Our peoples suffer war, persecution, and disasters amplified by distrusts we hold dear and fears that hopelessness foments in us. And yet, as I looked out on our graduates last Saturday, and I watched Ben and Anne promise themselves to each other, and as I heard our students respond to Dr. Mona’s call with their own prescriptions for a healthier world, my fears lessened and my hope was kindled.

Bachmann and collaborators named Inventors of the Year for successful treatment of rare disease

Bachmann and collaborators named Inventors of the Year for successful treatment of rare disease

May 16, 2023

College of Human Medicine professor André Bachmann and two Corewell Health physicians, Caleb Bupp and Surender Rajasekaran, have been named the 2023 Inventors of the Year for their discovery of a previously unknown disease and development of an effective treatment.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

May 12, 2023 - Aron Sousa, MD

Friday evening we gather with the Student National Medical Association for the college’s annual Diversity Senior Recognition Program. We are honoring a record number of MD students at the dinner this year – the program has outgrown the Kellogg Center’s Lincoln Room, and we will be in the Big Ten A.

Marielle He: Finding a Purpose in Medicine

Marielle He: Finding a Purpose in Medicine

May 10, 2023

As a young girl in China, the thought of becoming a doctor never occurred to Marielle He. After graduation, she begins her residency in general surgery at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. He says medicine gave her a purpose and serving as a Navy physician is an important way for her to give back. Read more about Marielle's road to residency.

Nick LeMire: Continuing the Family Tradition

Nick LeMire: Continuing the Family Tradition

May 10, 2023

Nick LeMire comes from a family of doctors with a long history of serving underserved communities in the Upper Peninsula. After graduating from the UP campus, Nick will begin a residency in family medicine through the University of Washington Chelan RTT. While plans could change, Nick has an eye towards returning to the UP to start his own practice. Read more about his road to residency.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

May 5, 2023 - Aron Sousa, MD

In this dean's update, I share about some of my community experiences, including attending the Community Meeting of the Michigan Center for Contextual Factors in Alzheimer’s Disease and the graduation presentations of ELAM (Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine) in Philadelphia. There will also be updates for the community at the Spring Faculty Meeting on May 9.

Ellie Gschwendtner: The Parallel Between Ceramics and Plastic Surgery

Ellie Gschwendtner: The Parallel Between Ceramics and Plastic Surgery

May 3, 2023

While studying for a bachelor’s degree in ceramics, Ellie Gschwendtner worked as an anesthesia technician. While watching a plastic surgeon work, she was intrigued by the similarities between the two fields and believes her experience in ceramics will make her a better physician. Gschwendtner is a Traverse City Campus graduate with a Leadership in Rural Medicine certificate.

Kelvin Lim: Service Through Medicine

Kelvin Lim: Service Through Medicine

May 1, 2023

Kelvin Lim has always been passionate about serving others. He was initially drawn to politics but found his calling in medicine after serving as a medical scribe. Lim was an emergency medical technician in Los Angeles before med school. After graduating from the College of Human Medicine’s Grand Rapids Campus, he will begin a urology residency at University of Rochester Medical Center and Strong Memorial Hospital.

Antara Afrin: Detroit native heads to Harvard and Yale

Antara Afrin: Detroit native heads to Harvard and Yale

April 28, 2023

After graduation, Antara Afrin is first heading to Harvard for a pediatrics preliminary year, then a three-year dermatology residency at Yale. Her passion for serving underserved communities is fueled by her parents’ example and her Muslim faith. Read about her road to residency.

April College News Headlines

April College News Headlines

April 27, 2023

Catch up on news headlines and more updates from the college.

Kulkarni honored with HTRS Lifetime Achievement Award

Kulkarni honored with HTRS Lifetime Achievement Award

April 27, 2023

The Hemostasis & Thrombosis Research Society recently presented Kulkarni, MD, a College of Human Medicine emeritus professor of Pediatrics and Human Development, with its 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Charles Stewart Mott Department of Public Health to expand and strengthen community care

Charles Stewart Mott Department of Public Health to expand and strengthen community care

April 27, 2023

On a recent episode of “MSU Today with Russ White,” Dean Sousa, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and Ridgway White discuss the visionary partnerships and important community-based research happening within the Charles Stewart Mott Department of Public Health.

Sejal Mehta: From Patient to Pediatrician

Sejal Mehta: From Patient to Pediatrician

April 27, 2023

Sejal Mehta draws on her experience as a patient early in life to provide compassion care to her patients. After graduation, she heads to Baylor College of Medicine for a pediatric residency. Read about her road to residency.

Thomas Barker: Medicine Came Calling 

Thomas Barker: Medicine Came Calling 

April 26, 2023

Thomas Barker will carry on the family legacy of practicing medicine and community service. Read about his road to residency.

Blue Ridge ranks MSU OB-GYN #4 in NIH research funding

Blue Ridge ranks MSU OB-GYN #4 in NIH research funding

April 25, 2023

The Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology has again ranked among the top recipients of research funding from the National Institutes of Health, according to a report by the nonprofit Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

April 21, 2023 - Aron Sousa, MD

The college and university are economic and health drivers in their communities. Community-focused donors in both Flint and Grand Rapids brought the college and hospitals together to create educational and research opportunities that continue to drive economic growth as well as health. Read about our Inventors of the Year Award and how a $15 million Mott Foundation grant will help shape those communities.

Rx Kids Program Aims to Tackle Poverty to Improve the Health of City of Flint Moms and Babies

Rx Kids Program Aims to Tackle Poverty to Improve the Health of City of Flint Moms and Babies

April 20, 2023

Thanks to an intended $15 million “challenge” grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Rx Kids will be the first citywide program in the United States to address maternal and infant poverty with the novel approach of unconditional cash allowances to ALL City of Flint pregnant moms and babies.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

April 14, 2023 - Aron Sousa, MD

Over the last several years, the dean’s office and the university have benefited from an energetic and engaged group of faculty in academic governance. Our new strategic plan, our accreditation site visit, our leadership searches, faculty promotions, and our work in the larger university all depend upon engaged faculty on college and university committees.

Winners of the Annie Li Yang Student Essay Contest

Winners of the Annie Li Yang Student Essay Contest

April 11, 2023

Three student essays were chosen for the 2023 Annie Li Yang Student Essay Contest. First place winner was Joshua Rabotnick and his essay “Scar Tissue.” Second place winner was Taylor Lombard with her essay “Medical School: Holding Two Truths.” Third place winner was Patricio Ruano with his essay “Como Te Voy A Olvidar.”

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

April 7, 2023 - Aron Sousa, MD

The reach of the College of Human Medicine continues to astonish me. I met with the leadership of the HUDA free clinic in Detroit, met with alumni who have answered the call to provide care and learned some things I'd like to share in this update.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

March 31, 2023 - Aron Sousa, MD

The LCME can be a consuming effort, but during the process, we have continued with our teaching, patient care, research, and prepared for more growth. As you know, the college has been developing new statewide departments, which will help anchor our partnership with Henry Ford and other partners.

Global genetic study shows link between endometriosis, other debilitating pain conditions

Global genetic study shows link between endometriosis, other debilitating pain conditions

March 28, 2023

Stacey Missmer, professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology in the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, discusses a global genetic study that shows link between endometriosis, other debilitating pain conditions. Missmer is the U.S. leader of IEGC for the second phase of the study.

March College News Headlines

March College News Headlines

March 27, 2023

Catch up on news headlines and more updates from the college.

MSU scientists create start-up to develop gene therapy for people with Parkinson’s disease

MSU scientists create start-up to develop gene therapy for people with Parkinson’s disease

March 27, 2023

A new startup, CavGene Therapeutics, Inc., will further research initiated by Kathy Steece-Collier, PhD, a professor of Translational Neuroscience in the College of Human Medicine. For decades, she has led an effort to reduce or eliminate a frequent side effect of a drug commonly prescribed for Parkinson’s patients.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

March 24, 2023 - Aron Sousa, MD

Our Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) site visitors left Grand Rapids on Wednesday after a good visit. Read more about the process and what we have to look forward to.

Orezime Uyeh: Inspiring the Next Generation of Doctors, One Book at a Time

Orezime Uyeh: Inspiring the Next Generation of Doctors, One Book at a Time

March 20, 2023

Third-year student Rezi Uyeh, a 27-year old Nigerian American artist, combined her passion for children, health care, teaching and mentorship to write and illustrate her first book, “Girls for Medicine".

Neuroscience Fair Offers a Look Inside the Brain

Neuroscience Fair Offers a Look Inside the Brain

March 18, 2023

The Department of Translational Neuroscience hosted the event at the Grand Rapids Public Museum where participants experienced 17 hands-on activities like performing deep brain stimulation on a gelatin brain, extracting DNA from a banana and viewing neurons under the microscope.

Match Day 2023

Match Day 2023

March 18, 2023

184 rising Spartan MDs at seven MSU College of Human Medicine community campuses statewide learned where they matched for residency this summer. 100% of the college's senior students have secured residency placements.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

March 17, 2023 - Aron Sousa, MD

This year, our students, who experienced the full brunt of the pandemic, had a great Match Day. Today, I am excited to report that our overall residency placement rate for the 2023 graduating class is 100%.

Student research program focuses on reducing health disparities

Student research program focuses on reducing health disparities

March 15, 2023

Since 2018, 37 College of Human Medicine students passionate about reducing health disparities in underserved populations have participated in the Charles Stewart Mott Department of Public Health’s Research to Reduce Disparities in Disease (R2D2) Program.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

March 10, 2023 - Aron Sousa, MD

The college is headed into the final work before our accreditation site visit March 20-22 in Grand Rapids. Our team has sent in our updates, we are making videos of our spaces, including the new spaces in East Lansing, and the Academic Affairs team is meeting with people in preparation for each session.

Reach Out To Youth Program Builds Pathway to Medicine

Reach Out To Youth Program Builds Pathway to Medicine

March 7, 2023

This year’s MSU program on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Secchia Center was free and open to children ages 7-11 from public schools in Grand Rapids and West Michigan. The program was sponsored by the Student National Medical Association and the Urban League of West Michigan.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

March 3, 2023 - Aron Sousa, MD

Sharing our expertise with the world is a part of how we make the world better. There are many updates I'd like to share with you this week. Read more.

Black History Month Member Interview: Larry Charleston, IV, MD, MSc, FAHS

Black History Month Member Interview: Larry Charleston, IV, MD, MSc, FAHS

March 2, 2023

The American Neurological Association celebrated black history month and interviewed the College of Human Medicine's Larry Charleston, IV, MD, MSC, FAHS. Read the full interview.

February College News Headlines

February College News Headlines

February 28, 2023

Catch up on news headlines and more updates from the college.

Med News | February 2023

Med News | February 2023

February 28, 2023

A special message from Dean Sousa

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

February 24, 2023 - Aron Sousa, MD

In the last two weeks, we have seen the best and worst of our society. The trauma, murder, and gun violence reflecting the most callous parts of our world has broken hearts and shaken many of us to our core. Yet our university and the communities surrounding us have responded with overwhelming support and selflessness.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha: We’re waging war on our children. It has to stop. | Opinion

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha: We’re waging war on our children. It has to stop. | Opinion

February 22, 2023 - Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

We failed our kids, again. But it is worse than a failure. It’s no exaggeration to say we are waging war on our children. A war with many fronts.

Managing the Trauma of Tragedy

Managing the Trauma of Tragedy

February 21, 2023

Zakia Alavi, an associate professor of psychiatry in Michigan State University’s Department of Pediatrics and Human Development in the College of Human Medicine, answers questions about dealing with trauma after a tragic incident, how to deal with returning to normal routines, and how to deal with the feelings of grief, anger and fear that follow.

Message to our Spartan community

Message to our Spartan community

February 16, 2023

See the latest updates regarding the tragedy on campus and the dean's messages to our community.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

February 10, 2023 - Aron Sousa, MD

This week, the college welcomed our LCME consultants to Grand Rapids for our mock site visit. I had the pleasure to meet with the team a couple of times and appreciate their expertise and the feedback they gave us.

MSU study finds pandemic just ‘tip of the iceberg’ for causes of death in pregnant, postpartum people

MSU study finds pandemic just ‘tip of the iceberg’ for causes of death in pregnant, postpartum people

February 6, 2023

Lead author Claire Margerison, an associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics in the MSU College of Human Medicine, finds pandemic just ‘tip of the iceberg’ for causes of death in pregnant, postpartum people.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

February 3, 2023 - Aron Sousa, MD

The struggles of our society will not be solved by one group of people or one institution, but we can improve the lives of those with whom we work.

January College News Headlines

January College News Headlines

January 30, 2023

Catch up on news headlines and more updates from the college.

David Klee, MD, named Community Assistant Dean in Traverse City

David Klee, MD, named Community Assistant Dean in Traverse City

January 30, 2023

David Klee, MD, has been appointed community assistant dean, following the retirement of Dan Webster, MD, founding dean for the Traverse City Campus. Klee is a family medicine physician with a history of working with students and residents. While he’s always had a strong interest in teaching, it also was the lure of the college’s rural health education program that drew him. 

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

January 27, 2023 - Aron Sousa, MD

Some things feel just too big for one of us or seem too big even for a majority of us. On the other hand, each day is a chance to help someone in need.

"Just Breathe" podcast connects through shared vulnerability

"Just Breathe" podcast connects through shared vulnerability

January 26, 2023

Third-year College of Human Medicine student Michael Knox started his podcast “Just Breathe Collective” in 2021 with the intention of connecting with others through shared vulnerability. He has since produced seven episodes and plans to continue it throughout his medical career. We interviewed Michael to learn more about his podcast and what the future holds.

Ferreira’s lab explores rare isotopes to detect and stop cancer at the cellular level

Ferreira’s lab explores rare isotopes to detect and stop cancer at the cellular level

January 25, 2023

Carolina de Aguiar Ferreira, an assistant professor in the Colleges of Human Medicine and Engineering, is opening her own lab to study promising new therapies that hunt down cancer cells and kill them with radioactive isotopes. 

Epidemiologist and physician Nigel Paneth retires after nearly five decades of service 

Epidemiologist and physician Nigel Paneth retires after nearly five decades of service 

January 24, 2023

After nearly five decades as a pediatrician and an epidemiologist specialized in studying the causes and prevention of neurodevelopmental disabilities in infants, Nigel Paneth retired – sort of. 

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

January 20, 2023 - Aron Sousa, MD

The College of Human Medicine’s Strategic Plan includes a goal to increase the public intellectual work available to our staff, students, and faculty. Specifically, we have a goal to support career growth and development of our people, and one of the strategies is to support and build capacity of our staff and faculty to do public intellectual work.

Words of Wellness: An Antidote for Despair

Words of Wellness: An Antidote for Despair

January 19, 2023 - Claudia Finkelstein, MDCM

This is the season when we begin to notice the return of the light, when we notice that our resolutions have faded or taken hold. It’s the season when the excitement and stress of holiday expectations are behind us. It’s the season when the fields are fallow.

Graduate voice: Iranian-American identity and the Woman, Life, Freedom Movement

Graduate voice: Iranian-American identity and the Woman, Life, Freedom Movement

January 18, 2023

Yasi Zamani-Hank is a graduate of Michigan State University who recently earned her doctorate in epidemiology. She is currently completing her postdoctoral research in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at MSU. Her research focuses on understanding the social determinants of racial and socioeconomic disparities in adverse birth outcomes and the role of adverse life experiences on women’s health.

New model offers powerful tool for studying endometrial cancer

New model offers powerful tool for studying endometrial cancer

January 17, 2023

A new laboratory model will better enable scientists to study the development of endometrial cancer, the most common gynecological cancer in the U.S.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

January 13, 2023 - Aron Sousa, MD

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is this coming Monday. As part of the community’s celebration, Fred Gray is the featured guest at the 38th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Mid-Michigan’s event at the Lansing Center this Monday.

In Memoriam of Kate Lax | 1984 - 2023

In Memoriam of Kate Lax | 1984 - 2023

January 12, 2023

Kate Lax, the college's former associate director of development, passed away peacefully on January 12, 2023, at the age of 38. She was a friend to many and a ray of sunshine to all. A bridge to donors and colleagues, Kate’s legacy will live on at the College of Human Medicine and at Michigan State University forever, through the students, alumni, and faculty she was so passionate and dedicated to serving. 

Ask the expert: What are nanomedicines?

Ask the expert: What are nanomedicines?

January 12, 2023

Michigan State University researcher Morteza Mahmoudi studies factors impeding the development of very promising and extremely tiny diagnostics and therapeutics known as nanomedicines.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

January 6, 2023 - Aron Sousa, MD

The last year ended with a flurry of activity: approval of the college’s strategic plan, submission of the LCME materials, approval of the Charles Stewart Mott Department of Public Health, and CAC approval of six new departments. The new year will bring implementation of the strategic plan, the LCME accreditation survey team visit, and new opportunities for hope and inspiration.