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Welcome to Faculty Affairs

Our faculty members will encourage our students in transdisciplinary scholarship and serve as student mentors to prepare them as physicians of the future. Community physicians with faculty affiliations will also be partners with OUWB, serving as mentors and role models to support our medical students who will serve diverse communities through the faithful execution of our mission. 

Faculty Affairs has a broad range of responsibilities including:

  • Assisting faculty with professional career development, supporting faculty careers from appointment through retirement.
  • Developing, interpreting, communicating and administering University and OUWB policies related to faculty employment.
  • Serving as the official resources for faculty data.
  • Overseeing and facilitating proactive administration of all aspects of policies and processes relating to faculty recruitments and appointments, reappointments and promotions and other faculty employment actions.
  • Ensuring the auditing and compliance of OUWB's Meaningful Participation Program. 
  • Overseeing the philosophy and regulations on which faculty governance is based in compliance with the standards set forth by the Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME).
  • Updating faculty publications such as the Faculty HandbookBylaws of the Faculty and the Constitution*.

If you have questions, please contact medfacaffairs@oakland.edu.

Foundational Medical Studies Faculty Directory

Beaumont Health Faculty by Clinical Department 

Meet the Team

pittsDeirdre Pitts, Ph.D., SCP-IPMA
Associate Dean for Academic, Faculty Affairs, Diversity & Inclusion
pitts@oakland.edu
 

janineJanine DeWitte, M.Ed., PHR
Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs & Professional Development
jmdewitt@oakland.edu
Michelle Knox, BS, CHRSMichelle Knox
Manager of Faculty Affairs &
Professional Development
michelleknox@oakland.edu
briandBrian December
Faculty Affairs Coordinator
bjdecem2@oakland.edu
Katie WeyandKatie Weyand
Faculty Affairs Coordinator
kweyand@oakland.edu
Hope LauzonHope Lauzon
Dean Office Assistant
hllauzon@oakland.edu
Ann Voorheis-SargentAnn Voorheis-Sargent, Ph.D., LPC
Director, Center for Excellence in Medical Education (CEME)
voorheissargent@oakland.edu
Zach ZuchowiczZachary Zuchowicz, MPH, CWP
Faculty Development Coordinator
zuchowicz@oakland.edu
Darlene NiksicDarlene Niksic
CEME Office Coordinator
Darlene.niksic@beaumont.org
Tori ArnoldTori Arnold
Faculty Development Coordinator
varnold@oakland.edu
An image of Tiffany Williams.Tiffany Williams, Ph.D.
Director, Diversity & Inclusion
elliottf@oakland.edu
Angie FreemanAngie Freeman, M.S.
Coordinator, Diversity & Inclusion
freeman6@oakland.edu
Jean Brown
Office Assistant, Diversity & Inclusion
tbrown4@oakland.edu
Clinical Faculty Orientation

This guide was created by the OUWB Faculty Affairs Team and is meant to provide information to help you get off to an informed and productive start.

Click here to access the guide.

2021 - 2022 Faculty Promotions

OUWB is pleased to announce the promotion of sixteen members of our faculty and the granting of tenure to one member of our faculty. These promotions and granting of tenure mark an especially proud moment for the OUWB community as we’ve had the pleasure of watching these talented individuals develop from promising junior faculty into scholars and teachers of national impact and recognition. Congratulations to the following faculty members:

Claudio Cortes, Ph.D., Foundational Medical Studies — Associate Professor (Tenure)
Varna Taranikanti, M.D., Ph.D., Foundational Medical Studies — Associate Professor (Tenure)
Jason Wasserman, Ph.D., Foundational Medical Studies — Professor (Tenure)
Lisa Cohen, M.D., Internal Medicine — Associate Professor
Michael J. Gallagher, M.D., Internal Medicine — Professor
Ivan D. Hanson, M.D., Internal Medicine — Associate Professor
Arati K. Kelekar, M.D., Internal Medicine — Associate Professor
Vishal Patel, M.D., Internal Medicine — Associate Professor
Chirag K. Gupta, M.D., Ophthalmology — Associate Professor
Drew D. Moore, M.D., Orthopaedic Surgery — Associate Professor
Vaishali M. Pansare, M.D., Pathology — Professor
L. Kate Gowans, M.D., Pediatrics — Associate Professor
Andrea C. Hernandez-Troya, M.D., Pediatrics — Associate Professor
Joshua T. Dilworth, M.D., Ph.D., Radiation Oncology — Associate Professor
Xuanfeng Ding, Ph.D., Radiation Oncology — Associate Professor
Daniel J. Krauss, M.D., Radiation Oncology — Professor
Adam D. Rubin, M.D., Surgery — Professor

2020 - 2021 Faculty Promotions

2020 - 2021 Faculty Promotions

OUWB is pleased to announce the promotion of sixteen members of our faculty. These promotions and granting of tenure mark an especially proud moment for the OUWB community as we’ve had the pleasure of watching these talented individuals develop from promising junior faculty into scholars and teachers of national impact and recognition. Congratulations to the following faculty members: 

Abdulgadir Adam, M.D.,  Internal Medicine – Associate Professor
Malli Barremkala, M.D., Foundational Medical Studies  Associate Professor (Tenure)
Mohammad Muhsin Chisti, M.D., Internal Medicine – Associate Professor
Sanjay Dogra, M.D., Internal Medicine  Associate Professor
Lisa J. Faia, M.D., Ophthalmology  Professor
Sumit Fogla, M.D., Family Medicine and Community Health – Associate Professor
Jason M. Hafron, M.D., Urology  Professor
Anant Krishnan, M.D., Diagnostic Radiology and Molecular Imaging – Professor
Serena Kuang, M.D., Ph.D., Foundational Medical Studies  Associate Professor (Tenure)
Sarah M. Lerchenfeldt, Pharm.D., Foundational Medical Studies  Associate Professor (Tenure)
Ilka C. Naumann, M.D., Surgery  Associate Professor
Gustavo A. Patino, M.D., Ph.D., Foundational Medical Studies  Associate Professor (Tenure)
Ketan Rana, M.D., Internal Medicine  Associate Professor
Asha Shajahan, M.D., Family Medicine and Community Health  Associate Professor
Brett R. Todd, M.D., Emergency Medicine  Associate Professor
Amy E. Whitten, M.D., Obstetrics & Gynecology  Associate Professor

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2019 - 2020 Faculty Promotions

2019 - 2020 Faculty Promotions

OUWB is pleased to announce the promotion of 20 members of our faculty and the granting of tenure to one member of our faculty. These promotions and granting of tenure mark an especially proud moment for the OUWB community as we’ve had the pleasure of watching these talented individuals develop from promising junior faculty into scholars and teachers of national impact and recognition. Congratulations to the following faculty members: 

Begum Akay, M.D., Surgery – Associate Professor
Dwayne M. Baxa, Ph.D., Foundational Medical Studies – Associate Professor
Francisco R. Davila Grijalva, M.D., Internal Medicine – Associate Professor
Jayson B. Field, M.D., Obstetrics & Gynecology – Associate Professor
Ismael E. Gonzalez, M.D., Pediatrics – Associate Professor
Stewart Graham, Ph.D., Obstetrics & Gynecology – Associate Professor
Felicia A. Ivascu, M.D., Surgery – Associate Professor
Aliraza G. Jaffer, M.D., Anesthesiology – Associate Professor
Shanna C. Jones, M.D., Emergency Medicine – Associate Professor
Jad G. Khalil, M.D., Orthopaedic Surgery – Associate Professor
Laura E. Lamb, Ph.D., Urology – Associate Professor
Kelly A. Levasseur, D.O., Emergency Medicine – Associate Professor
David D. Lick, M.D., Family Medicine and Community Health – Professor
M. Eileen McCormick, D.O., Pediatrics – Associate Professor
Lopa Rana, M.D., Psychiatry – Associate Professor
Dianne Schlachter, M.D., Ophthalmology – Associate Professor
Monisha Shetty, M.D., Diagnostic Radiology and Molecular Imaging – Associate Professor
Tracey A. Taylor, Ph.D., Foundational Medical Studies – Associate Professor (tenure)
Theodoros Vlachos, M.D., Obstetrics & Gynecology – Associate Professor
Sailaja Yadavalli, M.D., Ph.D., Diagnostic Radiology and Molecular Imaging – Associate Professor
James M. Ziadeh, M.D., Emergency Medicine – Associate Professor