Office of the Dean

O’Dowd Hall, Room 428
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-3634

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

About

About
the School


Brief History


odowd-hall-autumnOakland University (Oakland) and Beaumont Health (Beaumont) were founded at approximately the same time, half a century ago, in close proximity to each other and in a region of greater Detroit.

Oakland University and Beaumont Health

Today, Oakland is one of 15 public universities in Michigan. Oakland has an enrollment exceeding 20,711 students and a Carnegie classification of doctoral/research university-intensive.

Beaumont is a not-for-profit organization formed by Beaumont Health System, Botsford Health Care and Oakwood Healthcare to provide high quality, efficient, accessible services in a caring environment for southeastern Michigan residents and beyond.

OUWB medical students train at three of the eight Beaumont Health Hospitals: Beaumont Royal Oak, Beaumont Troy, and Beaumont Grosse Pointe.

The partnership between Oakland University and Beaumont Health

Oakland and Beaumont both recognized the negative impact that a physician shortage would have on the quality of health care available to the residents of Michigan. Following exploratory discussions, including discussions with community leaders, it was concluded that the combined faculty, staff and infrastructure resources of Oakland and Beaumont provide a remarkably strong base on which to build a new medical school to help satisfy the demand for physicians in Michigan and the nation.

In January 2007, Oakland and Beaumont submitted a letter of intent to the LCME to initiate the formal process of accrediting a new allopathic medical school. The initiative to fund a new medical school was approved by both the Beaumont Hospital Board of Directors and the Oakland University Board of Trustees on July 31, 2008.


Accreditation


On February 10, 2015, the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine was granted full accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. This five-year accreditation fulfills a promise Oakland University and Beaumont Health leaders made six years ago to build an innovative new medical school in Oakland County committed to providing exceptional training for new physicians.


Why is LCME accreditation important?

Accreditation signifies that national standards for structure, function, and performance are met by a medical school's education program leading to the M.D. degree. LCME accreditation is required for schools to receive federal grants for medical education and to participate in federal loan programs. Students and graduates of LCME-accredited medical schools are eligible to take the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). These graduates also have eligibility to enter residencies approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Graduating from an LCME-accredited U.S. school and passing the national licensing examinations are accepted as prerequisites for medical licensure in most states ( Source: LCME).


NCA Accreditation

Oakland University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities. In 2009 the Higher Learning Commission of the NCA conducted a comprehensive visit of Oakland University. The next comprehensive visit is not scheduled until 2019 and no follow up reports or visits were required. The university requested a focused visit on the School of Medicine and it was conducted in January 2010.


Medical Campuses

Oakland University

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Oakland University - Rochester, Michigan

Located on a picturesque 1,441 acre campus of wooded hills and rolling meadows in Southeastern Michigan, Oakland University is a doctoral/research intensive university.

At the center of main campus, the OUWB School of Medicine enjoys close access to the Kresge Library, the Anatomy Lab, the Oakland Center (student union) and the Recreation Center.

The school features wireless access throughout, medical student lounge and locker facilities, and technologically advanced breakout rooms – all designed to complement our innovative curriculum and in close proximity to medical student services. 

The surrounding community offers world-class entertainment, cultural, and social opportunities.

 


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Beaumont Hospital - Royal Oak
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Beaumont Hospital - Grosse Pointe
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Beaumont Hospital - Troy

OUWB at Beaumont Health

From its start as a community hospital, Beaumont’s Royal Oak campus has become a major academic and referral center with Level 1 trauma status and Michigan's first Magnet-designated hospital for nursing excellence. The hospital ranks first in the United States for inpatient admissions and second for its number of surgeries. A second Beaumont hospital opened in Troy in 1977 as a 200-bed acute care community teaching hospital. It is now among the nation's highest-volume community hospitals with 361 beds, and is third for its number of admissions and fourth in surgeries among hospitals of its size. In October 2007, Beaumont became a regional health provider when it acquired a third community hospital with 289 beds in Grosse Pointe.

Ninety-one medical and surgical specialties are represented on the Beaumont medical staffs of more than 3,700 physicians. Beaumont’s current medical graduate education enterprise encompasses 40 programs all accredited with the maximum accreditation (19 residencies and 21 fellowships). Beaumont has sponsored M3 clerkships and M4 electives since the mid 1960s. Beaumont physicians and physician-educators have significant experience with the instruction of medical students in a clinical setting for core clerkships (Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, OBGYN, Surgery, Family Medicine, and Psychiatry).

Mission, Vision and Goals


The Mission

The Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine is a collaborative, diverse, inclusive, and technologically advanced learning community, dedicated to enabling students to become skillful, ethical, and compassionate physicians, inquisitive scientists who are invested in the scholarship of discovery, and dynamic and effective medical educators.


The Vision

The Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine will be recognized by its students and faculty members - and by their peers in the global medical community - as a premier educational environment for individuals to become physicians and to study medicine throughout their lives, to transform the practice of medicine through research, and to lead in promoting, maintaining, and restoring health to individuals and communities served by the school and its graduates.


Our Values

Our values will guide our actions and describe how we will behave and work together to achieve our mission and vision.

Compassion:

We are a “School that cares” by having a safe and secure environment that treats everyone with respect, sensitivity, dignity, decency and empathy in all our endeavors.

Partnership, Collaboration and Teamwork:

We are dedicated to collegiality, collaboration, teamwork, and mutual respect as enthusiastically we work together within and across organizational boundaries in pursuit of our mission.

Innovation:

We pursue all avenues to energize and encourage creativity while cultivating and nurturing the school environment to foster the unique talents of our students, staff and faculty.

Professionalism:

We value honesty, integrity and ethical conduct in dealing with our students, patients, faculty, staff and the community we serve.

Quest for Excellence:

We commit to doing the best for everyone who interacts with the school by always striving to build upon and enhance what already has been achieved.


Goals

The OUWB School of Medicine is committed to:

  • Achieving and sustaining excellence in medical education, research, and patient care.
  • Serving our community through the faithful execution of our mission.

Our mission is accomplished through the following goals, which exemplify a student-centered approach to biomedical education, a patient-centered approach to the delivery of healthcare, and a focus on highly original research that includes the biomedical sciences and extends beyond the laboratory to all disciplines that impact the health of patients and their communities:

Medical Student-Related Goals

  • Goal 1: Provide students with an outstanding medical education.
  • Goal 2: Maintain student debt levels at or below averages for peer institutions.
  • Goal 3: Create an inclusive environment.

Faculty-Related Goals

  • Goal 1: Ensure a high-quality and balanced faculty workforce.
  • Goal 2: Increase faculty scholarship.
  • Goal 3: Increase collaboration between faculty members from the School of Medicine and faculty members based in other Oakland University schools, colleges, and academic units.

Community Engagement-Related Goals

  • Goal 1: Increase the number of community engagement affiliations.
  • Goal 2: Increase community awareness of OUWB’s impact on the health of the community.
  • Goal 3: Develop and promote a distinct identity for OUWB.

Administration-Related Goals

  • Goal 1: Ensure facilities will support the educational program.
  • Goal 2: Ensure long-term funding to support the educational program.
  • Goal 3: Establish a continuous quality improvement program for the School of Medicine.
Administration

Robert Folberg, M.D.
Founding Dean and Professor of Biomedical Sciences,
Pathology and Ophthalmology

Dr. Folberg

Dr. Folberg became Founding Dean of the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in September, 2008. He came to the School of Medicine from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where he was the Frances B. Geever Professor of Pathology and Head of the Department of Pathology. He was also a Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at UIC.

Dr. Folberg received a BA degree from LaSalle College in Philadelphia (now LaSalle University) and his M.D. degree from Temple University. He is board certified in Anatomic Pathology and Ophthalmology. He began his academic career at Thomas Jefferson University Medical School in 1982, and moved in 1984 to the University of Iowa where he became the first Frederick C. Blodi Professor of Ophthalmology. He moved to UIC in 2000.

Dr. Folberg is a clinician scientist who was funded for 20 years by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the biology of uveal melanoma. While head of pathology at UIC, he served as deputy director of the University of Illinois Cancer Center from 2003 to 2005. He has published more than 200 original articles and book chapters. He is recognized for innovation in medical education and continues to teach pathology of the eye to medical institutions within and outside the United States. He also continues his consultation practice of ophthalmic pathology at Beaumont Health where he is William Beaumont Hospital's Chief Academic Officer.

Dr. Folberg brings experience in developing academic cultures that are high achieving, self actualizing, and humanistic to the new Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. At the new medical school, he has recruited a diverse and talented team to design and implement an innovative paradigm for medical education.


Nelia Afonso, M.D.
Assistant Dean for Community Integration & Outreach
Professor of Biomedical Sciences

Nelia Afonso
Nelia Afonso, M.D. is the Assistant Dean for Communication and Outreach and Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences. She is the Director of the Art and Practice of Medicine Course. This is a longitudinal course that introduces and develops the students’ history taking and physical diagnosis skills. In addition, this course incorporates topics of professionalism, ethical practice, fundamentals of patient safety, inter-professional communication skills, patient privacy, and functioning in a team setting.

Dr. Afonso received her M.B.B.S. and M.D. degree from the University of Mumbai in India and received her M.R.C.P. degree from the Royal College of Physicians in the United Kingdom. Teaching both medical students and residents has always been a central part of her career as an academic physician. Since 1992 she has been a member of the teaching faculty of the Department of Internal Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. As the Director of the Physical Diagnosis Course at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, Dr. Afonso has developed and implemented innovative medical education programs for medical students such as the use of standardized patients. She was instrumental in the introduction of several novel initiatives in the medical school curriculum including inter-professional education and the introduction of bedside ultrasound teaching into the physical diagnosis course. Her research projects have a focus on novel curriculum initiatives in medical education and women’s health issues.


Jeffrey M. Devries, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education

Jeffrey M. Devries
Dr. Devries grew up in southeastern Michigan, and received B.S. & M.D. degrees from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Public Health from the University of Rochester (NY). Dr. Devries brings a wide range of experiences and expertise to the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. He completed Pediatric Residency at Children’s Hospital of Michigan and a General Pediatrics Academic Development Fellowship at the University of Rochester (NY). Dr. Devries served for ten years as Pediatric Residency Director in the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, followed by nine years as Corporate Director of Children’s Health Services & Director of Pediatric Education in the Oakwood Healthcare System in Dearborn, Michigan. He then returned to Children’s Hospital of Michigan to serve as Vice President of Medical Affairs, with responsibility for quality and safety initiatives. Most recently, he served as Medical Director of Health Plan of Michigan, the state’s largest Medicaid managed care plan.

Dr. Devries has served on the Board of Directors of the national Ambulatory Pediatric Association (APA) and chaired its Education Committee. He has led workshops & presented Faculty Development seminars & research papers at national meetings. Dr. Devries has earned recognition at both local and national levels, including multiple teaching awards from medical students and residents, community service leadership awards, and the APA’s first Award for Innovation in Pediatric Education.


Linda Gillum, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs
and Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences

Linda Gillum
Linda Gillum, a Michigan native, joined the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in October, 2008 after a 30 year career in academic administration. At the University of Michigan, she served as Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Academic Services in the School of Medicine, and Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs. She was a Fellow of the American Council of Education at Princeton University and University of Michigan. Her scholarship has focused on learning and learning behaviors and effective learning environments.




Robert Granadier, M.D.
Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
Professor of Ophthalmology

Robert Granadier, M.D.
Robert Granadier, M.D., Professor of Ophthalmology clinic director of the Beaumont Eye Institute, has devoted his career to medical students and residents as a teacher and leader in ophthalmology. He also serves as the residency program director for the department of Ophthalmology and Section Head, Neuro-Ophthalmology, Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. Dr. Granadier graduated from University of Michigan Medical School and has been in practice for 31 years. He completed his ophthalmology residency at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center. Dr. Granadier was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Medical Education & Teaching Award at Beaumont. This recognition also typifies his deep commitment to student engagement in Diversity and Inclusion and he brings his experience to our medical school and pre-med outreach efforts by encouraging all pre-medical and medical students to expand their horizons of opportunity. He brings leadership to our community and medical school efforts along with the Diversity and Inclusion leadership team.


James Grogan, Ph.D.
Interim Co-Associate Dean for Undergraduate Clinical Education
Professor of Biochemistry

 James Grogan, Ph.D.
Dr. Grogan joined Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in September 2016 where he teaches biochemistry and molecular biology to medical students. Prior to joining OUWB, Dr. Grogan served as professor of biochemistry and associate dean for curriculum at Ross University School of Medicine. He has also held research positions at the National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland and the Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Grogan has led faculty in the development of innovative programs supporting curriculum content integration. His current research interests are in preclinical curriculum change. He has taught biochemistry and molecular biology for more than 20 years and has an interest in teaching methods that enhance student engagement. His published research has improved understanding of how metal ion interactions drive structural and functional activities of proteins in embryological development and human drug metabolism.


Thomas Guerrero, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
Professor of Radiation Oncology

 Thomas Guerrero, M.D. Ph.D.
Dr. Thomas Guerrero completed his M.D. and Ph.D. (biomedical physics) from the David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine in 1997 and residency training in radiation oncology at Stanford University in 2002. He received his initial certification by the American Board of Radiology in 2003. He joined the thoracic radiation oncology faculty at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston in 2002, founding an NIH funded translation imaging research laboratory. Since 2014, he has been Vice Chair for Translational Research and Professor of Radiation Oncology at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. He holds a secondary appointment in diagnostic radiology. His research efforts are focused on deformable image registration and its applications, as well as mathematical modeling of pathophysiological processes and the development of imaging derived biomarkers. He has developed novel, noninvasive imaging methods to better understand lung function for personalized cancer therapy. He was awarded the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award in 2010. He is principal investigator on multiple NIH grants focused on thoracic malignancies. He is internationally known for his clinical skills and research. As one of the Assistant Deans for Diversity and Inclusion at OUWB, he will be leading efforts to support our medical students by expanding and sustaining a culture that embraces and celebrates the multiple dimensions of diversity.


Dawn Jung, M.D.
Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Dawn Jung, M.D.
Dawn Jung, M.D. is a board certified emergency medicine physician in Royal Oak, Michigan and Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. She received her medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine and has been in practice for 13 years. Her research is focused on novel curriculum initiatives in medical education and women’s health issues. Dr. Jung will be leading the medical school's diversity and inclusion efforts with student organizations and serving as our liaison to the Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) by advancing the full and successful participation and inclusion of women within academic medicine. Her experience demonstrates a long-standing commitment to addressing gender equity, recruitment and retention, awards and recognition, and career advancement.




Richard Kelley, M.B.A.
Senior Director of Development

Richard Kelley
Richard Kelley serves as the Senior Director of Development for the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. Richard comes to Oakland University from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry where he served as the Executive Director of Advancement, Continuing Education and Alumni Relations. He has extensive major gift fundraising experience working at several schools the past decade at the University of Detroit Mercy (Dental, Business, and Law Schools) as well as past fundraising positions at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and RuffaloCODY. He also has private industry experience at Sun Microsystems and Ford Motor Credit. Richard holds a bachelor degree from Michigan State University and an MBA from the University of Detroit Mercy.




Richard Kennedy, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research
Professor of Biomedical Sciences 

Richard Kelley
Richard Kennedy, Ph.D., Professor of Biomedical Sciences and Associate Dean for Research for the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (OUWB), also serves as Vice President and Director of the Beaumont Research Institute. Before joining OUWB, Dr. Kennedy served as Vice Provost of Research and Graduate Programs at Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Division. Prior to working at Loyola, he held academic and leadership positions at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Dr. Kennedy received a B.S. in pharmacy from St. Louis College of Pharmacy and his Ph.D. from University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1981 before doing postdoctoral training at Michigan State University. His research in cardiovascular pharmacology and pathophysiology has resulted in more than 105 peer-reviewed manuscripts and has been funded by a variety of agencies including the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Recently, he has focused his research efforts on development of the Chicago Area Patient Centered Outcomes Research Network (CAPriCORN), a clinical data research network funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).


Sandra LaBlance, Ph.D.
Interim Associate Dean of Student Affairs

Sandra LaBlance
Sandra LaBlance, Ph.D., is the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Career Development. Dr. LaBlance has over 20 years of experience in higher education, most recently at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine where she served as director of academic and career counseling followed by three years of post-doctoral research with a focus on the socio-cultural issues that impact the career paths of biomedical scientists. Other research completed by Dr. LaBlance includes work focused on the role of relationships in medical student specialty choice as well as research on learning assistance, learning disabilities and effective pedagogical and learning techniques to support student needs.

Dr. LaBlance works closely with medical students throughout the medical specialty choice process, including residency application, interviewing and the match process. In addition, Dr. LaBlance has experience working with medical students who are interested in improving their study techniques and those seeking guidance in the process of preparing for the USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 board exams.


Robert J. McAuley, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Institutional Effectiveness and Technology 
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences

Robert J. McAuley
Robert McAuley is the Associate Dean for Institutional Effectiveness and Technology
and Assistant Professor of Biomedical Science. Dr. McAuley has an extensive and diverse work history at the University of Illinois at Chicago, serving as Chief Information Officer, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Associate Dean for Informational Resources, and Assistant Dean. He most recently served as a member of the AAMC Group on Informational Resources steering committee. His interests include medical education, instructional technology, and medical cognition.




Robert Noiva, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Preclinical Education 
Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences

Robert Noiva
Dr. Noiva is the Associate Dean for Preclinical Education and Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences. His primary role at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine is to oversee the preclinical curriculum and training of medical students, including medical school admissions, course planning, academic scheduling, managing educational resources, curriculum evaluation, and student and faculty assessment. Dr. Noiva received his B.S in Biochemistry from Michigan State University and his Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from Creighton University. After postdoctoral training at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Dr. Noiva spent 18 years in the Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine where he served as Course Director for Medical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

His scholarly interests focus on cellular mechanisms of protein folding and degradation. Dr. Noiva's teaching expertise includes all areas of biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, emphasizing the interface between basic science, clinical diagnosis and treatment. He is committed to providing educational outreach programs for K-12 students and co-curricular activities for medical students to encourage them to develop skills for positively impacting the health of our under-served community members. 


Deirdre Pitts, Ph.D., M.A., SCP-IPMA
Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs & Professional Development

Deirdre Pitts
Deirdre G. Pitts, Ph.D., M.A., SCP-IPMA, is the Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development. Her professional background includes more than 30 years of human resources and labor relations experience in the areas of retail management, health care administration, municipal government and higher education. Dr. Pitts joined Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in 2011 as the founding Director of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development. 

As the Assistant Dean, Dr. Pitts provides leadership in the expanding areas of Faculty and Academic Affairs and supports the school's efforts to incorporate best practices in faculty governance, recruitment, search committee training, faculty orientation, mentorship programs, faculty outcomes research and evaluation. She plays a major role in the implementation of several goals and recommendations contained in the school's strategic plan and provides support to more than 1,400 faculty members.

Dr. Pitts earned a B.S.B.A. from Central Michigan University, a Masters in Organizational Management from Spring Arbor University and her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Oakland University.


Michele D. Raible, M.D., Pharm.D
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education
August 2, 1956 - June 21, 2010

Michele D. Raible

Our friend and colleague, Michele D. Raible, M.D., Pharm.D, passed away on June 21, 2010 while undergoing treatment for leukemia. Michele was diagnosed with leukemia in February, 2010, two days after the school received preliminary accreditation from the Liaison Committee for Medical Education.

Dr. Raible received her medical degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City and completed graduate medical education programs in Internal Medicine, Hematology, and Medical Oncology, followed by Anatomic and Pathology, Blood Banking / Transfusion Medicine and Hematopathology. She served as deputy head of pathology at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) until she joined our team in January, 2009. Michele is survived by her husband Bill Miles, M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry at the School of Medicine and a staff psychiatrist at Beaumont Health.

Michele was deeply committed to the innovative vision of the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. Her contributions to the school will live on as a legacy for our students and faculty in years to come.

Robert Noiva, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Preclinical Education, will carry on Michele’s work in administering and evaluating medical education programs of the medical school. 

Dr. William Miles’ reflections as reported by the Detroit News, November 22, 2013

Scenes from the Memorial Convocation, July 19, 2010

Dr. Michele D. Raible Fund for Medical Students


Lori Stec, M.D.
Interim Co-Associate Dean for Undergraduate Clinical Education
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology

Lori Stec, M.D.
Lori A. Stec, M.D., is the Interim Co-Associate Dean for Undergraduate Clinical Education. She also serves as an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Assistant Program Director of the Ophthalmology Residency and Director of the Ophthalmology Consult Service at Beaumont Health Royal Oak Campus.  Dr. Stec received her medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School and completed her residency training in ophthalmology at Beaumont Hospital. Dr. Stec is board certified from the American Board of Ophthalmology and has been practicing ophthalmology for 12 years.




Brooke Taylor, M.P.H., CCMEP
Assistant Dean for Continuing Medical Education

Brooke Taylor
Brooke Taylor is the Assistant Dean for Continuing Medical Education for the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and Director of Continuing Medical Education for Beaumont Health. Brooke received her B.S. in Dietetics from Iowa State University and her M.P.H. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a Certified Continuing Medical Education Professional and holds a graduate certificate in Training and Development from North Carolina State University. Brooke has over 8 years experience in continuing medical education and most recently served as the Director of Continuing Medical Education for the Duke University School of Medicine.




David M. Thomas, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Medical Education

David M. Thomas

David Thomas, Ph.D., is the Assistant Dean for Medical Education. His primary role at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (OUWB) is to oversee curriculum evaluation and student assessment programs. Dr. Thomas is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, received his doctorate in Biological Sciences from Wayne State University, and completed postdoctoral training at the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Thomas joined Wayne State University as a Research Assistant Professor in 2003 and was appointed Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2007. He became a founding faculty member and Master Educator in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at OUWB in 2011 and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2014. Dr. Thomas has held leadership positions in medical education at OUWB as Course Director for the Endocrine System course, Biomedical Sciences representative of the Academic Success Team, Chair of the Curriculum Evaluation Subcommittee and Secretary of the Curriculum Committee. Nationally, Dr. Thomas is a certified Team-Based Learning Consultant-Trainer of the TBL Collaborative (TBLC), currently Chairs the TBLC Educational Development Committee and is a member of the TBLC Steering Committee.


Cheryl Verbruggen, M.S.A
Vice Dean for Business and Administration

Cheryl Verbruggen
Cheryl Verbruggen is the Vice Dean for Business and Administration for the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. Her background includes experience in both healthcare and higher education. Cheryl spent sixteen years with Beaumont Health, working in multiple areas of financial services. Cheryl’s higher education experience encompasses managerial roles in budget and financial planning at Oakland University and Wayne State University. Prior to accepting the Vice Dean position, she spent five years as the Assistant Vice President and Controller for Oakland University. Cheryl’s expertise lies in financial reporting models and systems, organization-wide budget development, institutional reporting and data analysis.