2021: News Archive

Dr. Waljee credits his mother, a longtime administrator and volunteer with the Red Cross Nairobi, with inspiring his interest in medicine.
December 16, 2021

Finding your roots: Project allows physician to bring his passions back home

Technology finally caught up with Akbar Waljee's desire to conduct meaningful global health work in his native Kenya

Ronald Weiser
December 15, 2021

$30M gift to establish the Ronald Weiser Center for Prostate Cancer at Michigan Medicine

Gift will elevate patient care through investment in staff, infrastructure, technology and more

Exhibit of graduation canes
December 14, 2021

Can I sign your walking stick? New exhibit highlights a graduation tradition

Long before yearbooks or social media, college and professional school graduates carved their signatures on ceremonial canes to forever remember each other’s friendship

Aruna V. Sarma, Ph.D., MHA
December 03, 2021

Aruna V. Sarma, Ph.D., MHA, appointed assistant dean for research faculty

In her new role, she will lead Michigan Medicine efforts in developing and promoting research track faculty members

The Nature Index
November 16, 2021

The Nature Index: Michigan Medicine No. 3 healthcare institution for scientific research in 2020

Compiled by Nature Research, rankings provide an overview of research for institutions and countries based on the number of scientific articles published in 82 high-quality natural-science journals

Lori Pierce, M.D.
November 10, 2021

Lori J. Pierce, M.D., earns lifetime achievement award for contributions to radiation oncology

The award is considered the highest achievement for a member of the American Society for Radiation Oncology

Amina Abubakar (left) of Aga Khan University, Kenya, and U-M Professor of Internal Medicine Akbar Waljee
November 04, 2021

Data science collaboration to improve health in Kenya garners National Institutes of Health funding

The project will be the first-of its kind initiative in the region, harnessing artificial intelligence, machine learning, and other emerging technologies to improve health and care delivery in local communities

Distinguished University Professors John Ayanian and Janet Smith
October 27, 2021

John Ayanian, Janet Smith to deliver Distinguished University Professorship lectures on Nov. 3

The Board of Regents established these professorships to recognize senior faculty who have exceptional scholarly or creative achievements, national and international reputations for academic excellence and superior records of teaching, mentoring and service

Debra F. Weinstein, M.D.
October 21, 2021

Debra F. Weinstein, M.D., appointed as new EVDAA in Medical School and chief academic officer for Michigan Medicine

The EVDAA/CAO is responsible for the educational mission of Michigan Medicine — which includes strategic development, operational oversight, and budgetary accountability — as well as faculty affairs and faculty development activities

Lori Isom, Ph.D.
October 19, 2021

U-M Pharmacology Chair Lori Isom, Ph.D., elected to the National Academy of Medicine

The academy recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service and who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health

John M. Carethers, M.D.
September 23, 2021

Valuing culture and mentorship: Q&A with John Carethers, M.D., chair of Internal Medicine

He discusses his term as chair, the challenges his teams face, where he sees the department going in the future, and what his advice is for the next generation of leaders

Karl J. Jepsen, Ph.D., and Daniel E. Michele, Ph.D.
September 23, 2021

Board of Regents approves appointment of two Medical School faculty to leadership positions

Karl J. Jepsen, Ph.D., is associate dean for research and Daniel E. Michele, Ph.D., is interim chair of the Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology, both effective Sept. 1

U-M first-year medical student and paralympics gold medalist, Sam Grewe
September 15, 2021

First-year medical student Sam Grewe wins gold at Paralympics

He competed in the men’s T63 high jump shortly after starting his path forward as an aspiring physician

Rajesh S. Mangrulkar, M.D.
September 08, 2021

Rajesh S. Mangrulkar, M.D., named director of the U-M Center for Interprofessional Education

The center works to transform collaborative health practice through engaged and experiential learning across disciplines and professions

Michigan Medicine food drive
September 01, 2021

Brain food: Michigan Medicine hosts food drive to help kids learn and serve neighbors in need

Drive-up donation site and online giving effort for Food Gatherers will help address record demand for food and toiletries, and support the health of adults and children

Erin M. Larowe
August 11, 2021

Erin M. Larowe named Medical School director of communications

She has extensive communication expertise and experience from a career spanning more than 20 years at the University of Michigan, including the Department of Surgery

UMMS student Alana Slavin (right) and a PHR colleague in Tijuana outside Refugee Health Alliance
August 03, 2021

Connections between U-M, Physicians for Human Rights are creating opportunities for learners

The experiment comes at a critical time; the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed grave health disparities that — for many — emphasize the need for advocating on behalf of vulnerable populations

University of Michigan Medical School education deans
August 03, 2021

What does it take to get into Michigan’s medical school? Just ask the new dean

The conversation provides insight into what admissions is looking for in prospective students

University of Michigan Medical School ceremonial white coat
July 21, 2021

M1 journey begins July 24 when White Coat ceremony returns to Hill Auditorium

The incoming Class of 2021 will gather in-person to kick-off their M1 Launch — an orientation and official welcome to the school they will call home for at least the next four years

Mary-Ann Mycek appointed chair of Biomedical Engineering
July 15, 2021

Mary-Ann Mycek, Ph.D., appointed interim chair of Department of Biomedical Engineering

She takes leadership of BME — a joint department of the Medical School and College of Engineering — from Lonnie Shea, Ph.D., who chose to step down as chair

The Pavilion at University of Michigan Health
June 14, 2021

New Michigan Medicine hospital has a name: The Pavilion at University of Michigan Health

The new adult inpatient facility is scheduled to open for patient care in the fall of 2025

Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
June 09, 2021

Meet Michigan Medicine: Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Team offers various stakeholders a rich menu, including career services, wellness counsel, communication, training grant support — and more.

Deborah R. Berman, M.D.
May 28, 2021

Deborah R. Berman, M.D., appointed interim assistant dean for admissions

An associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the Division of Fetal Medicine in the Medical School, she is passionate about medical students and their wellbeing

Michelle S. Caird, M.D., and Steven E. Gay, M.D., M.S.
May 20, 2021

Regents approve Orthopaedic Surgery chair and interim dean to lead medical education program

Michelle S. Caird, M.D., is chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, effective May 1; and Steven E. Gay, M.D., to serve as interim associate dean for medical student education, effective July 1

Ann Wolski (center, rear) and her Ghanaian research colleagues, including project mentor Dr. Ashura Bakari (center, front)
May 20, 2021

After COVID-19 delay, student begins Fogarty-funded research experience in Ghana

Ann Wolski is the first Medical School student in more than a year to travel on a global health experience