Dean’s Update: January 20, 2023 | College of Human Medicine

January 20, 2023 – Aaron Souza, MD

Dean Aaron Souza and Chad Klushko

friends,

One of the great perks of my job is meeting alumni and college friends whose lives have been influenced by college and who, in turn, have made the world a better place. Last week, I had the opportunity to catch up with Dr. Chad Kloshko (CHM ’13), MS, who is a musculoskeletal radiologist at Henry Ford. You may have noticed last spring that he won the MSU Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award. Chad has had several orthopedic surgeries dating back to when he was 13 months old – you really should read the award article I linked above.

Chad came to CHM with a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from UM, and he’s used this background in his AI research at Henry Ford. Starting with the announcement of the HFH + MSU partnership, Chad began working with MSU faculty Adam AlessioPh.D (IQ and BME) and Muhammed GhasemiPh.D (computer science and engineering). The team now includes PhD students from both departments.

Together, they used artificial intelligence methods to improve radiology protocols and search for hidden diagnostic clues in radiographs. Science is so much fun, and as a collaboration, they’ve published papers, awarded grants to the National Institutes of Health, and graduate students at MSU have had the opportunity to work with datasets and projects they otherwise wouldn’t have done in our system. This is exactly what the HFH + MSU partnership was designed for, and I’m excited that Chad agreed to discuss his future town hall trip.

As many of you know, the College of Medicine’s strategic plan includes a goal to increase the public intellectual work available to our staff, students, and faculty. Specifically, we have a goal to support the career growth and development of our staff, and one of the strategies is to support and build the capacity of our staff and faculty to do general intellectual work.

I believe this public work is important to our community given the struggle with the pandemic, and it helps our reputation because most of us access information and developments outside our specific areas from the public media rather than from scholarly publications.

As a recent example, I would like to point to an article in The Conversation by Dr. Morteza Mahmoudi on nanomedicine and the challenges the field faces. Dr. Mahmoudi works in the Department of Radiology and the Precision Health Program. (You can find a summary of MSU’s “Ask the Expert” today.) This kind of article helps people see our work, improves MSU’s reputation, and many people find the general intellectual work interesting, perhaps even a little fun (part of Strategic Objective No. 4) As we implement the plan, we will provide more training and support for this type of work.

You all know we’re heading to the MD credentialing site and we completed the MPH credentialing site last spring. We also have Continuing Medical Education (CME) as well as fall and winter residency accreditation. So, let me extend my congratulations to our GME team for receiving continued accreditation for our sponsored residency programs and to our CME team for continuing to receive accreditation in CME. Assistant Dean Randy Pearson, MD and his team have done a great job of keeping us on the straight and narrow for many years at GME. Kathy Collins and Assistant Dean Carol Parker, PhD (CHM ’17) have maintained the same focus on excellence in our CME work. These are valuable achievements that have resulted from the many faculty members who are dedicated to educating their colleagues. My deep thanks and appreciation to all concerned.

As you head into the next part of the week, I suggest you watch a State of the University presentation by our Interim President and Faculty Member of the College, Teresa Woodruff, Ph.D. It highlights a lot of good and interesting work going on at the university. Included in its appeal are exciting projects by our faculty. Whether your work makes the annotation list or not, we thank you for your dedication to our students, faculty, and staff.

In serving people with you,

Aaron

Aaron Souza, MD, FACP
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