Four faculty appointed to Dean’s Office leadership team

June 19, 2015  //  FOUND IN: Announcements, Strategy & Leadership

Four Medical School faculty members have filled open positions in the Dean’s Office. On June 18, the Board of Regents approved the following appointments:

Sybil Biermann, M.D., associate dean for graduate medical education (GME), effective July 1. She also will serve as the designated institutional official overseeing graduate medical education for the U-M Health System.

In her new roles, Biermann will provide strategic planning for GME programs and the development of new initiatives. She also will work to ensure ongoing accreditation, with oversight responsibility for the implementation of the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education policies and requirements across the Health System. Additionally, she will oversee the GME office and work in conjunction with UMHS Human Resources to optimize collaboration with the House Officers Association.

A professor of orthopaedic surgery, Biermann will replace Lisa M. Colletti, M.D., the C. Gardner Child Professor of Surgery, who is retiring July 2.

Michelle M. Daniel, M.D., assistant dean for curriculum, effective Aug. 1.

Daniel will provide service and leadership to ensure the effective implementation of curriculum, assessments and learning resources for the education of medical students. She will oversee and collaborate with component directors, course directors, faculty, staff, and students to ensure that curricular goals are met. She also will serve as part of the team that is designing the new Medical School curriculum, and will lead the operational transition to this new model over the next five years.

A clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine at Brown University, Daniel will fill an education position vacant since Jennifer G. Christner, M.D., left the U-M in 2012 for a leadership position at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York.

George A. Mashour, M.D, Ph.D., interim associate dean for clinical and translational research and interim director of the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research, effective June 1. He is the Bert N. La Du Professor of Anesthesiology Research and an associate professor of anesthesiology and neurosurgery.

In his capacity as interim associate dean, Mashour guides the translational research efforts of the Medical School in close partnership with the senior associate dean for research and other departments to enhance the quality and quantity of externally sponsored research. As interim director of MICHR, he oversees a unit that enables and enhances clinical and translational research by educating, funding, connecting, and supporting research teams across the University of Michigan and beyond.

Mashour replaces Thomas P. Shanley, M.D., who becomes chair of the Department of Pediatrics in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and chair of the Department of Medicine at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago on Aug. 1.

Mary X.D. O’Riordan, Ph.D., associate dean for graduate and postdoctoral studies, effective June 1.

O’Riordan oversees graduate education and postdoctoral training in the Medical School and works with the Office of Medical Student Education to explore opportunities for graduate and medical student program coordination. She also represents the Medical School in its interactions with the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, and provides guidance and support to student and postdoctoral organizations, such as the Graduate Student Council and the Association of Multicultural Scientists.

An associate professor of microbiology and immunology, and former director of the Program in Biomedical Sciences, O’Riordan replaces Victor J. DiRita, Ph.D., who became the Rudolph Hugh Endowed Chair in Microbial Pathogenesis and chair of the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Michigan State University on June 1.

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