June 21, 2018

Donna M. Martin, M.D., Ph.D., named interim chair of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases

She is director of pediatric genetics, metabolism and genomic medicine and the Donita B. Sullivan, M.D., Research Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases

Donna M. Martin, M.D., Ph.D., named interim chair of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases

On June 21, the Board of Regents approved the appointment of Donna M. Martin, M.D., Ph.D., as interim chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, effective July 1. Valerie P. Opipari, M.D., will complete her service as chair at the close of her current term on June 30.

Martin is director of pediatric genetics, metabolism and genomic medicine; the Donita B. Sullivan, M.D., Research Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases; and associate director of the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). She also is a Taubman Scholar, a councilor for the American Society of Clinical Investigation, a member of the board of directors for the American Society of Human Genetics, and chair of the scientific advisory board for the CHARGE Syndrome Foundation. 

She completed her undergraduate degree at Michigan Technological University and obtained her Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Michigan. She also completed medical school, a pediatric residency and postdoctoral research fellowship here. 

During her 15-year tenure, Opipari led a monumental expansion in the care of pediatric patients, along with the opening of the current C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Under her leadership, the department launched more than 87 new clinical programs and expanded from 11 to 17 specialty divisions. U.S. News & World Report ranks all 10 U-M pediatric disciplines among its top 10, and C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital has been recognized as having one of the top pediatric training departments in the country.