College celebrates school promotions, tenure and awards Sept. 29 – College of Medication Information

The Wayne State College College of Medication will acknowledge and have fun excellent members of its school in the course of the 2022 College of Medication College Awards and Promotion and Tenure Ceremony on Sept. 29.

The ceremony will happen from 4 to six p.m. within the Scott Corridor Cafeteria, and can embrace the presentation of Faculty Instructing Awards and Analysis Excellence Awards, together with Dean’s Workplace Awards.

College members who acquired tenure this 12 months embrace Kevin Theis, Ph.D., affiliate professor of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology; Kristen Purrington, Ph.D., affiliate professor of Oncology; Theresa Hastert, Ph.D., affiliate professor of Oncology; and Rodrigo Fernandez-Valdivia, Ph.D., affiliate professor of Pathology.

Tenure, Dr. Fernandez-Valdivia stated, “is a chief recognition of our service and contributions as educators, researchers, innovators and educational students, not solely to our college however to our society as effectively.” He joined the school in 2012, “and it has been the best time of my profession.”

“Reaching tenure means a fantastic deal in that it’s an affirmation out of your friends and the administration that you’ve demonstrated the capability to be an unbiased scholar, instructor and mentor,” stated Dr. Theis, a member of the school for seven years. “It affords safety, not solely financially which is essential, however scientifically as effectively, in that it offers a possibility to revisit your analysis program and begin to pursue a number of the investigations that you’ve envisioned however haven’t but pursued as a result of they entail larger threat (and better reward) than initiatives executed pre-tenure.”

Within the 2022 Dean’s Workplace Awards, Kezhong Zhang, Ph.D., professor of Molecular Medication and Genetics and of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, received the Excellent Analysis Achievement Award. The glory is given to a school member in a primary science or medical division who has made important and career-long contributions to the development of an space of biomedical, behavioral, medical or medical analysis. Nominees should have a sustained file of meritorious publication and scholarship, and should have demonstrated a file of nationally and internationally acknowledged analysis.

Dr. Zhang is “a world-class knowledgeable in biomedicine with a demonstrated file of nationally and internationally acknowledged analysis achievements. Throughout his tenure at Wayne State College, he has made distinctive contributions to the analysis fields of stress response, irritation, metabolism and environmental drugs,” stated Lawrence Grossman, Ph.D., the Henry L. Brasza Professor and director of the Middle for Molecular Medication and Genetics, who nominated Dr. Zhang for the honour. “Dr. Zhang is a number one knowledgeable in defining cell stress signaling pathways and their physiological capabilities in irritation and metabolism related to metabolic illness, autoimmune illness and most cancers.

“His group was the primary to show that the particular unfolded protein response (UPR) inhibitor 4u8c can effectively stop the development of inflammatory arthritis,” Dr. Grossman stated. “This breakthrough has led to substantial analysis efforts in learning the therapeutic results and medical trials of UPR inhibitors on inflammatory ailments, together with arthritis and lupus. He has secured 15 main analysis grants from the Nationwide Institutes of Well being, the Division of Protection and the American Coronary heart Affiliation, attracting greater than $20 million in analysis funding to WSU. Throughout the complete interval of his tenure at WSU, he has constantly maintained a number of NIH R01 awards, even underneath the extremely aggressive local weather. He has mentored spectacular numbers of graduate college students, postdoctoral fellows, M.D. fellows and junior school members who’ve been distinguished by analysis awards and high-impact publications. Amongst his trainees at Wayne State, no less than 5 of them turned tenure-track/tenured professors or took management positions within the U.S. and elsewhere.”

Dena Nazer, M.D., affiliate professor of Pediatrics, received the Ladies in Medication and Science Management Award. The award is given to a person who has supported and/or introduced recognition to girls school members or actions for ladies school members.

“Dr. Nazer demonstrates a rare dedication to the WSU Ladies in Medication and Science group. As the present secretary of WIMS, she is strongly dedicated to the sleek functioning of WIMS,” Yamuna Sanil, M.D., affiliate professor of Pediatrics wrote in her nomination. “As a clinician, Dr. Nazer is widely known for her work for youngster safety. She has been featured in Hour Detroit Journal’s Record of High Docs yearly since 2009 as a High Doc in Little one Abuse Pediatrics. She is a member of a number of taskforces, each regionally in addition to nationally.

Dr. Sanil added: “Dr. Nazer may be very keen about training. She is concerned extensively with educating at Wayne State College in addition to at nationwide and worldwide ranges. Her learners vary from medical college students and social employees to legislation enforcement personnel and neighborhood brokers.”

Dr. Nazer has received a number of awards for educating, together with the WSU Instructing Award, which she acquired in 2016 and 2021.

The Kamran S. Moghissi, M.D. Endowed College Award for Excellence in Primary Science Instructing went to Cristina Artalejo, M.D., Ph.D., affiliate professor of Pharmacology. The award is given yearly to a school member who, by means of lengthy and meritorious educating of primary sciences, has left a mark of excellence and offered college students with a essential understanding of the school member’s self-discipline. The aim of the award is to acknowledge school achievement, to encourage continued progress and to offer help to college who show important contributions to the educating of primary science programs in the course of the first two years within the College of Medication.

“Dr. Artalejo is a number one voice for primary science educating in our Division of Pharmacology and the College of Medication at massive,” wrote Division of Pharmacology Chair Sokol Todi, Ph.D., in his nomination of Dr. Artalejo. “Present and former college students usually write to Dr. Artalejo about how she motivated and impressed them. You’ll learn that some college students categorical that they really feel they aren’t the identical particular person as once they began a course she taught; they write how Dr. Artalejo has remodeled their life; the scholars have extra vanity, extra focused and centered profession objectives; and so they develop as individuals and as budding professionals.

“Dr. Artalejo has been a stalwart supporter of the scholar perspective in our division as we set up, refresh and re-launch numerous programs, mini-courses, case research and interactions with medical and graduate college students,” Dr. Todi added. “Cristina locations the training and well-being of the scholar at the start. … Her dedication to every pupil’s progress by means of every course or case examine ensures their energetic participation and take care of the fabric at hand. Her care and dedication imply that college students hunt down extra future programs by Dr. Artalejo. A testomony to this are the frequent requests for overrides in her programs, each semester.”

Abhinav Deol, M.D., affiliate professor of Oncology, acquired the Excellence in Medical Science Instructing Award. The award is introduced to a school member who has served as an excellent mentor to different school at Wayne State College College of Medication and who demonstrated a present and fervour for mentoring school.

“Definitely, probably the most essential side of educating is mentoring youthful physicians. Dr. Deol excels on this,” wrote Joseph Uberti, M.D., professor and chair of Oncology in his nomination of Dr. Deol. “Reviewing his publications, virtually all are with residents, fellows and junior school. He has a task in mentoring all of them. … He has been the top of our CAR-T cell program at Karmanos Most cancers Middle. This know-how is likely one of the breakthrough therapies of our era. We had been one of many first teams in Michigan to supply this know-how to our sufferers by means of investigational trials led by Dr. Deol.

“I’ve met few clinician-educators who would match the extraordinary profession of Dr. Deol. He has excelled at educating, analysis and medical exercise. His vitality is boundless. His interplay with everybody round him is respectful, instructional and honest,” Dr. Uberti added. “On high of his profitable educational and academic output, he’s one among our busiest clinicians. His sufferers adore him as he finds time to provide them his whole focus and experience in conditions the place most cancers turns into the life-threatening sickness. He has turn out to be an influential thought chief within the state of Michigan and nationally. There isn’t any one higher who ought to obtain this award.”

Lauren Hamel, Ph.D., affiliate professor of Oncology, acquired the Excellent Range, Fairness and Inclusion College Scholar Award. The award was created to acknowledge people who, by their management and efforts, have particularly promoted the development of variety, fairness and inclusion-related training, mentorship, service and scholarship.

“As a well being scholar, Dr. Hamel is dedicated to figuring out, understanding and eliminating disparities in most cancers care. She is skilled in well being care communication and has developed a scientifically rigorous program of externally-funded analysis dedicated to the rules of variety, fairness and inclusion,” Felicity Harper, Ph.D., professor of Oncology wrote in her nomination. “The general objective of her analysis is to research and enhance patient-clinician communication and organizational processes to enhance the standard of most cancers care, with a selected deal with eliminating most cancers well being disparities between Black sufferers and their physicians. As proof of her dedication to the rules of variety, fairness and inclusion, her analysis absolutely embraces a mannequin of neighborhood engagement. She is devoted to together with key stakeholders from racially various teams of most cancers survivors, oncologists, nurses, social employees, and directors to make sure that behavioral interventions goal the wants of sufferers and the well being care methods through which they’re carried out.”

Dr. Hamel is the co-program chief of the Inhabitants Research and Disparities Analysis Program on the Barbara Ann Karmanos Most cancers Institute.

“Dr. Hamel has additionally proven her dedication to the rules of variety, fairness and inclusion by means of her educating efforts. In 2017, Dr. Hamel started the work of sharing her analysis on racial implicit bias by means of coaching workshops,” Dr. Harper added. “She has carried out dozens of implicit bias coaching workshops for masters of Enterprise Administration college students at WSU’s Mike Ilitch College of Enterprise prior to now 5 years. She additionally tailored this coaching workshop for different audiences, together with officers of the Detroit Police Division, the Group Well being, Fairness and Wellness program of Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, and for skilled medical societies, together with the WSU Ladies in Medication and Science group and the Michigan State Medical Society. Extra lately, in 2020, Dr. Hamel co-designed a particular matters course for WSU most cancers biology graduate college students on most cancers well being disparities. … In 2021, as a fellow in WSU’s Tutorial Management Academy, Dr. Hamel recognized the necessity for implicit bias coaching within the WSU College of Medication. She recognized and convened greater than a dozen content material specialists to translate her medical analysis into the event of an modern evidence-based, complete and long-term implicit bias coaching curriculum for WSU college students, school and employees.”

2022 Promotion and Tenure Awards

Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology

Kevin Theis, Ph.D. – affiliate professor (analysis educator) with tenure

Middle for Molecular Medication and Genetics

Erin Carmany, M.S., C.G.C. – affiliate professor (medical)

Middle for Molecular Medication and Genetics, and Obstetrics and Gynecology

Roger Pique-Regi, Ph.D. – professor (analysis educator)

Francesca Luca, Ph.D. – professor (analysis educator)

Emergency Medication

Elizabeth Dubey, M.D. – affiliate professor (medical)

Claire Pearson, M.D. – professor (medical)

Inner Medication

Melanie Hanna-Johnson, M.D. – affiliate professor (medical)

Ashish Bhargava, M.D. – affiliate professor (medical) FTA

Prateek Lohia, M.D. – affiliate professor (medical) FTA

Sorabh Dhar, M.D. – professor (medical)

Suganthini Krishnan Natesan, M.D. – professor (medical) FTA

Fadi Antaki, M.D. – professor (medical) FTA

Tamam Mohamad, M.D. – professor (medical)

Tahir Mohamed, M.D., Ph.D. – professor (medical)

Omar Ali, M.D. – affiliate professor (medical)


Rohit Marawar, M.D. – affiliate professor (medical)

Kavita Grover, M.D. – affiliate professor (medical) FTA


Asif Alavi, M.D. – affiliate professor (medical)

Kristen Purrington, Ph.D. – affiliate professor (analysis educator) with tenure

Theresa Hastert, Ph.D. – affiliate professor (analysis educator) with tenure

Zeng-Quan Yang, Ph.D. – professor (analysis educator)

Wei Chen, Ph.D. – professor (analysis educator)

Ophthalmology, Visible and Anatomical Sciences

Anju Goyal, M.D. – professor (medical)

Evan Black, M.D. – professor (medical)

Orthopedic Surgical procedure

Jason Davis, M.D. – affiliate professor (medical)

Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgical procedure

Nathan Gonik, M.D. – affiliate professor (medical) FTA

Bianca Siegel, M.D. – affiliate professor (medical) FTA


Sanjay Kumar, M.D. – affiliate professor (medical)


Salah Ebrahim, M.D. – affiliate professor (medical) FTA

Rodrigo Fernandez-Valdivia, Ph.D. – affiliate professor (analysis educator) with tenure

Sudeshna Bandyopadhyay, M.B.B.S. – professor (medical) FTA

Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences

Rebecca Klisz-Hulbert, M.D. – affiliate professor (medical)

Georgia Michalopoulou, Ph.D. – professor (medical)

Alana Conti, Ph.D. – professor (analysis educator)

Mauran Sivananthan, D.O. – affiliate professor (medical)


Sheena Saleem, M.D. – affiliate professor (medical) FTA

Deniz Altinok, M.D. – professor (medical) FTA

Faysal Saksouk, M.D. – professor (medical)

Surgical procedure

Samantha Tarras, M.D. – affiliate professor (medical)

Shakir Hussein, M.D. – affiliate professor (medical) FTA

Abubaker Ali, M.D. – affiliate professor (medical)

Bodily Medication and Rehabilitation

David Rustom, M.D. – affiliate professor (medical)

2022 Analysis Excellence Award Winners

Analysis Excellence Awards are introduced yearly and are distributed amongst assistant professors, affiliate professors and professors from the Primary Science and Medical Science departments primarily based on standards outlined for every educational rank.

Primary Sciences Researcher

Donald Kuhn, Ph.D. – Psychiatry

Francesca Luca, Ph.D. – Middle for Molecular Medication and Genetics, and Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Iris Solar, Ph.D. – Middle for Molecular Medication and Genetics, and Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology

James Granneman, Ph.D. – Middle for Molecular Medication and Genetics, and Inner Medication

Mariana Angoa-Perez, Ph.D. – Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences

Renu Kowluru, Ph.D. – Ophthalmology, Visible and Anatomical Sciences

Xiaohong Zhang, Ph.D. – Oncology

Medical Researcher

Eric Woodcock, Ph.D. – Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences

Hilary Marusak, Ph.D. – Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences

Karen MacDonell, Ph.D. – Household Medication and Public Well being Sciences

Leslie Lundahl, Ph.D. – Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences

Sandra Jacobson, Ph.D. – Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences

Yongsheng Chen, Ph.D. – Neurology

Doctor Scientist

Ira Winer, M.D. – Oncology 

Prateek Lohia, M.D. – Inner Medication

Robert Welch, M.D. – Emergency Medication

2022 Faculty Instructing Award Winners

Faculty Instructing Awards are introduced to college primarily based on the analysis of educational experience as evaluated by college students within the undergraduate medical training program, residents within the graduate medical education schemes and graduate college students, in addition to the division chairs’ annual analysis and different elements.

Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology

David Evans, Ph.D.

Middle for Molecular Medication and Genetics

Siddesh Aras, Ph.D., M.B.B.S.

Emergency Medication

Andrew King, M.D.

James Paxton, M.D., M.B.A.

Kristiana Kaufmann, M.D., M.P.H.

Household Medication and Public Well being Sciences

Michael McLeod, J.D., M.P.H.

Inner Medication

Aiden Abidov, M.D., Ph.D.

Anna Salloum, M.D.

Ayman Soubani, M.D.

Julie Samantray, M.D., M.P.H.

Shaheena Raheem, D.O.

Wael Taha, M.D.


Ayaz Khawaja, M.D.

Edwin George, M.D., Ph.D.

Sabeena Iqbal Malik, M.D.

Obstetrics and Gynecology

David Bryant, M.D.

Jayanth Ramadoss, Ph.D.


Jay Yang, M.D.

Kay-Uwe Wagner, Ph.D.

Kristen Purrington, Ph.D.

Malathy Shekhar, Ph.D.

Manohar Ratnam, Ph.D.

Ophthalmology, Visible and Anatomical Sciences

Avril Holt, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Berger, Ph.D.


Rafael Fridman, Ph.D.

Rouba Ali-Fehmi, M.D.


Laura Jane Benjamins, M.D.

Sharon Marshall, M.D.


Joongkyu Park, Ph.D.


Donald DeGracia, Ph.D.

Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences

David Ledgerwood, Ph.D.

Hilary Marusak, Ph.D.

Surgical procedure

Gregory Auner, Ph.D.

Zane Hammoud, M.D.

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