I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Schweitzer, M.D., as dean of Wayne State University's School of Medicine and vice president of health affairs for the university.
Schweitzer, a preeminent radiologist and chair of the Department of Radiology at the Stony Brook University School of Medicine in New York, will join the university and the School of Medicine on April 27.
We conducted in-depth interviews with a number of outstanding candidates during our yearlong national search, and Schweitzer’s experience, enthusiasm and vision make him a perfect fit for Wayne State. Our faculty, students, and the people of Detroit and the surrounding region will see great advances through his leadership and energy. He will quickly become a leading contributor to our great city’s ongoing renaissance.
In addition to his leadership role in the School of Medicine, as vice president of health affairs, Schweitzer will work with the deans of Wayne State’s College of Nursing and the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences on clinical training issues. In this role, he will develop avenues to strengthen collaboration between the three schools to advance interprofessional, team-based approaches to health care.
An outstanding medical scholar and educator, Schweitzer is a talented administrator who has served in many hospital and medical practice roles, including vice chair for clinical practice and chair of the Information Management Group for Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Extensively published and a lecturer for Harvard University Medical School, he holds a number of medical patents.
Schweitzer received his bachelor of science from the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at the City University of New York. He received his medical degree from State University of New York at Buffalo, and completed a residency in diagnostic radiology at Nassau County Medical Center (now Nassau University Medical Center), where he served as associate chief resident. He performed a fellowship in musculoskeletal radiology at University of California, San Diego.
Schweitzer has served on numerous expert advisory panels, including study sections for the National Institutes of Health and on Food and Drug Administration panels. He has received numerous teaching, mentoring and research awards. A principal investigator or co-principal investigator on more than 30 grants, including NIH R01 awards, he has also conducted many clinical trials involving novel contrast agents.
Schweitzer is certified by the American Board of Radiology, and has served as the presiding officer of the Radiological Society of North America and the International Skeletal Society. Continuously named a “Best Doctor” by New York and Philadelphia publications, he has served as a consultant for several professional sports teams, including the New York Mets, New York Islanders, New York Nets, Philadelphia 76ers and Philadelphia Eagles. He has also consulted for numerous college teams and for the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics in British Columbia.
I want to thank Distinguished Professor Jack D. Sobel, M.D., for leading the School of Medicine for the last five years. A consummate professional and a well-respected physician, Sobel led the school through a challenging era and was instrumental in correcting course on a number of issues. We all owe him an immense debt of gratitude. I am glad that he will remain a member of our esteemed faculty and will continue treating patients and conducting research.
M. Roy Wilson