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Faculty recognized for promotion, awarded emeritus status

By Megan Bard

UMass Medical School Communications

July 01, 2015

Thirty-four faculty members were recognized recently for having been promoted, along with five who received tenure and five who were awarded emeritus status at UMass Medical School.

At a biannual luncheon held to recognize faculty for their accomplishments, Terence R. Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor of Medical Education, executive deputy chancellor, provost and dean of the School of Medicine, noted that promotion is an important step in the career of a faculty member.

About those who received tenure, Dr. Flotte said that each “has achieved excellence in the full range of academic activities.” He added that each is expected to make substantial future contributions to the school, campus and university.

Those newly tenured are:

Edwin Boudreaux, PhD, professor of emergency medicine

Andrew Leiter, MD, PhD, professor of medicine

Lori Pbert, PhD, professor of medicine

Andrew Tapper, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry

Ronghua ZhuGe, PhD, associate professor of microbiology & physiological systems

To be promoted to the rank of assistant, associate or full professor, faculty must have demonstrated excellence in at least two of the three mission areas of research; creative or scholarly activity; education; or service, including clinical care. Thirty-four faculty members met the criteria since December 2014.

Those newly promoted to assistant professor are:

Paula Bellin, MD, clinical assistant professor of urology

Janine Gould, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine

Premananda Indic, PhD, assistant professor of neurology

Kevin Kotkowski, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine

Karl McKinstry, PhD, assistant professor of pathology

Paul Rava, MD, PhD, assistant professor of radiation oncology

Tara Strutt, PhD, assistant professor of pathology

Apeksha Tripathi, MD, MPH, assistant professor of family medicine & community health

Yumi Uetake, PhD, research assistant professor of cell & developmental biology

Those newly promoted to associate professor are:

Seema Adhami, MBBS, MS, MRCP, clinical associate professor of pediatrics

Gustavo Angaramo, MD, clinical associate professor of anesthesiology

Katharine Barnard, MD, clinical associate professor of family medicine & community health

Michael Brehm, PhD, associate professor of molecular medicine

Ediz Cosar, MD, associate professor of pathology

Thomas Fazzio, PhD, associate professor of molecular medicine

Heather Forkey, MD, associate professor of pediatrics

Suzana Makowski, MD, associate professor of medicine

Patricia Miron, PhD, associate professor of pathology

Monika Mitra, PhD, associate professor of family medicine & community health

Susanne Muehlschlegel, MD, MPH, associate professor of neurology

Sean Rhyee, MD, MPH, associate professor of emergency medicine

Yong-Xu Wang, PhD, associate professor of molecular, cell & cancer biology

Neng Yu, MD, associate professor of pathology

Those newly promoted to professor are:

Rita Bortell, PhD, research professor of molecular medicine

JeanMarie Houghton, MD, PhD, professor of medicine

Stephenie Lemon, PhD, professor of medicine

John Levey, MD, clinical professor of medicine

Daniel Libraty, MD, professor of medicine

Pranoti Mandrekar, PhD, professor of medicine

Richard Pieters, MD, professor of radiation oncology 

Sanjay Ram, MD, professor of medicine

Christopher Sassetti, PhD, professor of microbiology & physiological systems

Hugh Silk, MD, professor of family medicine & community health

Shixia Wang, PhD, DVM, professor of pathology

  (L-R) Marcia Urie, MD; Charles Lidz, PhD; and Karen Green, MD, were awarded professor emeritus status.
 

(L-R) Marcia Urie, MD; Charles Lidz, PhD; and Karen Green, MD, are among the five faculty members who received emeritus status.

In addition to the tenured faculty, Flotte and Luanne E. Thorndyke, MD, vice provost of faculty affairs and professor of medicine, recognized five individuals for being awarded the academic title of emeritus for their achievements by attaining international recognition for their work and being an active member of the for 10 years prior to retirement

Those awarded emeritus status include:

Karen Green, MD, professor emeritus of obstetrics & gynecology

Charles Lidz, PhD, professor emeritus of psychiatry

Daniel Pollen, MD, professor emeritus of neurology

Marcia Urie, MD, professor emeritus of radiation oncology

Raymond Welsh, PhD, professor emeritus of pathology

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