Rootstown -- With an expanding palette of partnerships which 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 to provide a foundation of support for current and incoming students.
"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."
Hudson resident 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. 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. He will also take an active role in the admissions arena and the Education for Service initiative.
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. Susan Labuda Schrop, Ph.D., associate professor of family and community medicine, has been appointed assistant dean of curriculum for the College of Medicine. Gina Weisblat, Ph.D., assistant professor of family and community medicine, has been appointed director for Education for Service in the College of Medicine.