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Northeast Ohio Medical University College of Medicine Announces New Leadership Positions

March 11, 2013 12:00 AM — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ROOTSTOWN, OHIO

Contact: Heather Bing, hbing@neomed.edu, 330.325.6675

With an expanding palette of partnerships that include Cleveland State University (CSU), Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, Central State University and more, the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) College of Medicine has named four new leadership positions that will provide a foundation of support for current and incoming students. All appointments are effective immediately.

“We are advancing the College of Medicine by recruiting more of the best and brightest students in Northeast Ohio and, with this strong team in place, we will continue to achieve academic excellence and prioritize community service,” said Jeffrey L. Susman, M.D., dean for the NEOMED College of Medicine. “All four individuals have been with the University for some time and are ingrained within the culture, which will only assist in our mission to promote primary care, addressing the needs of medically underserved populations and increasing diversity in health care.”

Lisa Weiss, M.D., associate professor of family and community medicine and assistant professor of graduate studies, has been named associate dean of curriculum and academic services for the College of Medicine. While Dr. Weiss will continue her role as director of the longitudinal curriculum, in this new position she will play a central role in developing and leading the educational activities of the College of Medicine. This position is responsible for overall academic planning; curriculum development and review; and faculty development. Dr. Weiss’ new, collaborative leadership role will help to shape academic policy and practice and work to sustain academic standards consistent with programmatic accreditation. She is a resident of Youngstown, Ohio.

Susan Labuda Schrop, Ph.D., associate professor of family and community medicine, has been appointed assistant dean of curriculum for the College of Medicine. This position is responsible for oversight of curriculum content, evaluation and performance outcomes pertaining to the curriculum. The administrative liaison responsibilities will focus on medicine student issues, policies and procedures in collaboration with the Offices of Student Affairs, Enrollment Services and Academic Services at NEOMED. Dr. Labuda Schrop will continue to serve as the fourth-year course director and have other responsibilities across the curriculum. She is a resident of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

Erik Porfeli, Ph.D., associate professor family and community medicine and graduate faculty member for the College of Graduate Studies, has been named assistant dean for community engagement and admissions for the College of Medicine. Dr. Porfeli will help coordinate pipeline and community outreach activities for the NEOMED-CSU Partnership for Urban Health, initially concentrating on Cleveland but reflecting the full scope of the Education for Service initiative. He will work with the associate dean for community partnerships to assure seamless coordination of community engagement activities throughout all partnerships. Dr. Porfeli will also take an active role in the admissions arena and the Education for Service initiative. He is a resident of Hudson, Ohio.

Gina Weisblat, Ph.D., assistant professor of family and community medicine, has been appointed director for Education for Service in the College of Medicine and will work closely with the Office of the President and other stakeholders to advance the Education for Service initiative University-wide. Her responsibilities will include strategic planning, assisting with oversight and direction to develop and advance degree programs and partnerships between the College and other University constituents. This work includes establishing and maintaining an extramural funding strategy, leading and guiding the development, implementation, evaluation and refinement of proposed projects and enacting strategies to engage faculty at NEOMED and its University partners to achieve a more diverse student body and advance education, research and service missions of the College and NEOMED. Her research is funded as part of a fellowship through the National Kresge Foundation. Dr. Weisblat is a resident of Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

Northeast Ohio Medical University is a community-based, public medical university with a mission to improve the quality of health care in Northeast Ohio working in collaboration with its educational and clinical partners. With a focus on scientific and medical research, and the interprofessional training of health professionals that is unique to the state of Ohio, the University offers a doctor of medicine (M.D.) and a doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree, in addition to graduate-level coursework and research opportunities leading to master’s and doctoral degrees in other medical areas. Northeast Ohio Medical University is a founding member of the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron. Visit www.neomed.edu.

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