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February 2018 - Wayne State University

Featured News

Future Docs registration is open - sign up today!
Future Docs registration is open - sign up today!

Is your child a future doctor? This is one great way to find out! Join us for Future Docs on March 24 at the School of Medicine.  Children ages 6 to 12 are invited to join us for a fun and educational day featuring more than 15 exciting hands-on medical and science-themed workshops, a Future Docs t-shirt and backpack, a photo booth, lunch and more! For information and to register click here.

Celebrating 150 years of Urban Clinical Excellence and Innovation
Celebrating 150 years of Urban Clinical Excellence and Innovation

In 1868, five physicians who witnessed the crude medical treatment on Civil War battlefields dedicated themselves to advancing health education and care, and founded the Detroit Medical College. Today, the Wayne State University School of Medicine is part of a premier research institution composed of 13 schools and colleges. Nearly 150 years after its establishment, the WSU School of Medicine is still fueled by the passion for its community and dedication to urban clinical excellence. We hope you join us as we celebrate our long history and bright future by participating in events and sharing your Wayne State memories and experiences. More details.

Year 1 curriculum revision: Enhanced, experiential and exceptional

The Wayne State University School of Medicine is in the process of enhancing its Year 1 curriculum thanks to the thoughtful and collaborative efforts of a large number of Warrior Medicine community members. The revision process began with an October 2017 stakeholder retreat, the same month the Liaison Committee on Medical Education issued its final decision to continue full accreditation of the Wayne State University School of Medicine through the 2022-23 academic year. Read more.

2018 Medical Alumni Reunion Weekend
2018 Medical Alumni Reunion Weekend

Join us May 18-20 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the School of Medicine and our special graduating classes ending in 3 and 8 (i.e. 1963, 1968). Whether you are looking for Continuing Medical Education opportunities or a chance to rekindle friendships, reminisce, reflect or just celebrate, Medical Alumni Reunion Weekend offers something for everyone! The schedule includes a reception at the Detroit Institute of Arts on Friday night, followed Saturday by a full day of activities including CME, lunch, school tours, class receptions, dinner and an award ceremony. This year’s award recipients are Erlene Seymour, M.D. ’08 - Recent Alumni Award; Anju Goyal, M.D., Res. ’04, Fel. ’05 - Lawrence M. Weiner Award; and Lawrence Diebel, M.D. ’80, and Anita Moncrease, M.D. ’84 - Distinguished Alumni Award. The festivities conclude Sunday with an interesting and informative bus tour of Detroit. Click here for more information.

Alumni philanthropists - Dr. Edward and Mrs. Barbara Klarman create future Pivotal Moments
Alumni philanthropists - Dr. Edward and Mrs. Barbara Klarman create future Pivotal Moments

Home - the place where the heart is, so the saying goes. For two Wayne State University graduates, home means, and always has meant, Detroit. Edward Klarman, B.S. '57, M.D. '60, and Barbara Klarman, J.D. '64, have generously committed much of their time and resources to both the city and the university that have played key roles in their lives. As philanthropists and Pivotal Moments Campaign Committee members for the School of Medicine, the Klarmans have made it their goal to give back. Read more.

Are you in? Join the thousands of your colleagues who are!
Are you in?  Join the thousands of your colleagues who are!

The Wayne State University School of Medicine would not be one of the nation's premier institutions for urban clinical excellence without the loyal support of its alumni. Your membership supports our students, our mission, our vision and our commitment to the WSU School of Medicine - where we are Warrior Strong together! Click here to renew or to join the WSU Medical Alumni Association today!

Notable Alumni

For 150 years, the Wayne State University School of Medicine has educated many of the top physicians and medical researchers in the country. To recognize and honor these remarkable individuals, a Notable Alumni section is featured on the alumni website. Click here to read about the more than 130 alumni who have been profiled, and check back often as we expand the list. We welcome recommendations, so if you or someone you know meets the criteria for inclusion, please submit a nomination form.

Featured Notable Alumnus
Featured Notable Alumnus

This month's featured notable alumnus is Robert Abramovitz, M.D. '62. Read more.


Faculty News



Alum News

Reginald Eadie, M.D.

Reginald Eadie, M.D. '95, Res. '98, has been named president and CEO of Trinity Health of New Hampshire. Read more.

Gordon Fishman, M.D. '55, Res. '60, will be featured in The Leading Physicians of the World. Read more.

Ella Hong, M.D.

Ella Hong, M.D. '14, won a coveted fellowship from the National Institute of Mental Health. Read more.

Robert R. Johnson, II,M.D.

Robert Johnson II, M.D., Res. '94, has been named a 2018 Top Doctor in Southfield, Mich. Read more.

Katarina Nelson, M.D.

Katarina Nelson, M.D., Res. '09, was featured on a Women's Health: Heart Disease segment on Fox 8 News in North Carolina. Read more.

Lodewijk van Holsbeeck, MI

Lodewijk van Holsbeeck, M.D. '09, has been named a 2018 Top Doctor in Lansing, Mich. Read more.

Lydia Watson, M.D.

Lydia Watson, M.D. '84, was elected to the board of directors of the Charles J. Strosacker Foundation. Read more.

Yolanda C. Scott, M.D.

Yolanda Scott, M.D. '10, joined OrthoAtlanta, an orthopaedic and sports medicine practice in Douglasville, Ga.  Read more.


March 24

Future Docs, Scott Hall
March 24
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Click here to register

April 12

WSU Giving Day
April 12
Details to follow

April 17

Transition to Practice
April 17
Scott Hall

May 18-20

Medical Alumni Reunion Weekend
May 18-20
Registration in March

Sept. 22

Sesquicentennial Gala
Sept. 22
MGM Grand Hotel

In Memoriam

George Ritter, M.D. '47

George Ritter, M.D. '47 died Dec. 17, 2017, at the age of 96. Read more.

To notify us of a death, send the person’s name, class year, relationship with the School of Medicine and the date of death to Please include a link to an obituary notice if possible. Notices will be posted in the In Memoriam section of the e-newsletter.

Update your information!

If you have changed your address or contact information recently, please fill out the information form to keep us updated- we look forward to hearing from you!

Check out our photos!

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Medical Alumni Association

Scott Hall
540 E. Canfield Ave., Room 1369
Detroit, MI 48201

Phone (Direct): 313.577-3587
Toll Free: 1.877.WSU.MED1
Fax: 313.577.0423

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