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Medical School Board

The Board of Cooper Medical School of Rowan University is a group of individuals strongly committed to the mission and vision of CMSRU, and which serves as the general oversight body of the medical school, acting at all times subject to the reserve powers of the Rowan University Board of Trustees.

The medical school board is responsible for approving the mission and goals of CMSRU, advising the dean, supporting and enhancing CMSRU's image among key constituent groups, monitoring the operations and execution of the Educational Program, as well as many other review and approval duties as directed by the Rowan University Board of Trustees.

The Board meets quarterly, with additional work carried out in committees that may include faculty, staff, and others as non-voting representatives.

Marque Allen, DPM
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M. Brownell Anderson, MEd
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Francis J. Bonner, Jr., MD
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Tabbetha A. Dobbins, PhD
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Jason D. Gonzalez
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George C. Hill, PhD
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Munr Kazmir, MD
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Paul Katz, MD (ex officio)
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Calvin H. Knowlton, PhD
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Lawrence Kull
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George Lynn
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DeMond Miller, PhD
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Martin F. McKernan, Jr., Esq.
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Jonathan H Orenstein, DMD
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Steven E. Ross, MD
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Marvin Samson
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William G. Sharrar, MD
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Edward D. Viner, MD
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Marque Allen, DPM

Dr. Allen, a 1991 magna cum laude graduate of Rowan University and 2010 recipient of Rowan’s Distinguished Alumnus award, is the Foot and Ankle Consultant for the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs, the WBNA’s San Antonio Silver Stars, the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage and many local San Antonio universities and schools. His leadership roles have included executive positions with Bexar County Podiatric Medical Society and the Texas Podiatric Medical Association. He is Clinical Professor of Orthopedics at the University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHSC), board certified in Foot Surgery and Ankle and Reconstructive Surgery, a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, and a fellow of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. Dr. Allen has established the Richard Meagher Scholarship Fund at CMSRU in honor of his Rowan mentor.

M. Brownell Anderson, MEd

Ms. Anderson has had an impressive career in medical education. A graduate of Washington University with graduate degrees from the University of Illinois, she is an internationally recognized expert in medical school curricula, clinical evaluation, and international medical education. Between 1983 and 2011, Ms. Anderson worked at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in Washington, DC; there, she held numerous administrative positions including Senior Director for Educational Affairs and Project Director for the Macy Foundation Grant - “A Consortium of New and Developing Medical Schools” – in which CMSRU has been an active participant. In 2011, Ms. Anderson joined the National Board of Medical Examiners in Philadelphia, where she is Senior Academic Officer for International and Assessment Programs.

Francis J. Bonner, Jr., MD

Dr. Bonner, a nationally known physician leader and entrepreneur, is a specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Formerly associated with the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia and the Mediplex Rehabilitation Hospital in Marlton, he founded the Rehabilitation Hospital of South Jersey in 2003. Dr. Bonner has also served as chair of the Department of Physical Medicine at Mt. Sinai and Graduate Hospitals. In 1993, he was a member of the Commission of Presidential Scholars under the appointment of President Bill Clinton. Dr. Bonner is a board member of the Foundation for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, President of the Friends of the National Library of Medicine, and a past member of the National Osteoporosis Foundation Board of Trustees.

Tabbetha A. Dobbins, PhD

Dr. Dobbins is Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Rowan University. A graduate of Lincoln University, she received her MS in Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, where she was also awarded a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering. Dr. Dobbins held positions at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and faculty positions at Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University prior to coming to Rowan. A well-published scholar, her research interests involve the study of structures and dynamics of materials for biotechnology and alternative energy applications.

George C. Hill, PhD

A native of Camden, Dr. Hill is the Levi Watkins Jr. Professor and Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM). Formerly Associate Dean for Diversity in Medical Education at VUSM, he became Assistant Vice Chancellor for Multicultural Affairs and Special Assistant to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs in late 2012. Under Dr. Hill’s leadership, VUSM made significant progress toward increasing the diversity of its medical school class to more broadly represent different races/ethnicities, sexual orientations, economic backgrounds, religious backgrounds, and rural/urban populations.

Calvin H Knowlton, PhD

Dr. Knowlton is Chairman and CEO of RevolutionCare. He received his pharmacy degree from Temple University, divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, and PhD in pharmacoeconomics from the University of Maryland. He was National President for both the American College of Apothecaries and the American Pharmaceutical Association, and was selected as the Most Influential U.S. Pharmacist in 1997. Dr. Knowlton is President of the American Pharmacists Association Foundation and is a member of the board of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.

Lawrence Kull

Mr. Kull, a graduate of the University of Vermont, received an MBA from Rutgers University. He is the President of the Burns Kull Automotive Group, representing 11 automobile franchises at eight locations in southern New Jersey. Mr. Kull has served in many leadership roles on local, regional, and national boards and he has been recognized for his support of many organizations. He has been named 2014 Chairman of the American International Automobile Dealers Association.

Martin F. McKernan, Jr., Esq.

Mr. McKernan is a member of the Board of Trustees of Rowan University. A graduate of St. Joseph’s University, he received his JD from Georgetown University and is Senior Partner with McKernan, McKernan and Godino in Camden. Mr. McKernan has served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Camden Free Library and as a member of the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority, the Executive Committee of the National Diocesan Attorneys Association, and the Public Policy Committee of the New Jersey Catholic Conference.

Jonathan H. Orenstein, DMD

Dr. Orenstein, who received his dental degree from Temple University in 1985, is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Dr. Orenstein currently holds a clinical faculty appointment at the University of Pennsylvania Dental School, where he teaches in the Department of Periodontics. A practitioner in Marlton NJ, Dr. Orenstein is a trustee and former president of the Delaware Valley Academy of Osseointegration and a current member of the American Dental Association, the American College of Prosthodontics, and the Southern New Jersey Dental Society.

Steven E. Ross, MD

Dr. Ross is an internationally recognized Trauma Surgeon and Critical Care Physician. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Delaware, he received his MD from Thomas Jefferson University Medical School. Dr. Ross is Professor of Surgery at CMSRU and previously held that rank at UMDNJ. At Cooper Health System, he heads the Trauma Service. Dr. Ross is board certified in Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. He has been named to numerous “Best Doctor” lists and to positions on various editorial boards. He has published more than 100 articles and has authored many chapters and abstracts.

William G. Sharrar, MD

Dr. Sharrar is Chief Emeritus of Pediatrics at The Children's Regional Hospital and the Department of Pediatrics of Cooper University Hospital. He is also Professor of Pediatrics at CMSRU. Dr. Sharrar received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Franklin & Marshall College and his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He interned at Philadelphia General Hospital, then served two years as Peace Corps Physician in Hargeisa, Somalia, East Africa. He did his pediatric residency at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where he served as Chief Resident in 1972-1973. Dr. Sharrar came to Cooper in 1983 to develop the Division of General Pediatrics.

Albert R. Tama, MD

Dr. Tama has been associated with Cooper University Hospital since 1966, initially as a private attending physician, then as Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Executive Vice President/Medical Affairs. He has held faculty appointments with University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), Hahnemann University, and Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Tama has served on UMDNJ’s Board of Trustees, and was a Trustee of the University Health System of New Jersey. He has also held board positions in the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology. Dr. Tama is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American College of Physician Executives, and other professional societies. Dr. Tama earned his medical degree and completed his training in obstetrics and gynecology at Hahnemann University.

Edward D. Viner, MD

Dr. Viner is former Chief of the Department of Medicine at Cooper University Hospital. He is currently Professor of Medicine at CMSRU. Dr. Viner received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, and his bachelor's degree, cum laude, from Harvard. His postgraduate medical training in Internal Medicine and Hematology/Oncology was obtained at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Subsequently, he spent twenty-two years practicing Internal Medicine and Hematology/Oncology at Pennsylvania Hospital, where he was also Head of the Section of Hematology/Oncology, Director of Fellowship training in these disciplines, and Co-Director of the Oncology Research Laboratory. He left Pennsylvania Hospital to assume the Medical Chiefship at Cooper. He is a Master of the American College of Physicians and a member of the American Medical Association, the American Society of Hematology, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Dr. Viner has been the recipient of numerous awards in recognition of his clinical excellence and teaching skills.

Munr Kazmir, MD

A noted physician, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Dr. Kazmir completed his medical degree and early training in Pakistan, after which he came to the U.S. and did additional training in internal medicine. Dr. Kazmir is Chief Executive Officer and founder of Direct Meds, Inc., a prescription medicine provider, and Quality Home Care, which serves homeless, indigent, and child patients in the New York and New Jersey area. He is CEO and President of the American International School System, a provider of high-quality education for children in Asia and the Middle East, and serves on the board of the National Advisory Council of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). A committed supporter of education, Dr. Kazmir has received numerous humanitarian awards at the state, national, and international level.

Jason Gonzalez

Mr. Gonzalez is Government Affairs Manager, U.S. Northeast Region, for DuPont. In this role, he leads advocacy, public policy, and business collaboration activities in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Prior to joining DuPont in 2010, Mr. Gonzalez was Director of Government Affairs for New Jersey American Water, the state’s largest investor-owned water and wastewater utility. He has also held positions with the New Jersey Assembly Majority Office, the New Jersey Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee, and with New Jersey Assembly Speaker Joseph J. Roberts. Mr. Gonzalez is active in the local community and serves as a Commissioner for the Camden County Improvement Authority. He is a former member of the Camden City Board of Education.

DeMond Miller, PhD

Dr. Miller is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Institute for Research and Community Service at Rowan University. He has worked as principal investigator to facilitate research projects involving natural and human-induced ecological disasters, environmental issues, and community satisfaction. A clinical substance abuse counselor and applied sociologist, Dr. Miller’s primary area of study is environmental sociology (disaster studies and the study of the social construction of place), community development and community organizing, and social impact assessment. His principal areas of teaching are Environmental Sociology, Medical Sociology, Clinical Sociology, and Applied Community Development.

George F. Lynn

Mr. Lynn is President Emeritus of AtlantiCare in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer from 1993 to 2007. Under his leadership, AtlantiCare underwent a remarkable transformation to a nationally recognized healthcare organization noted for its distinguished success in quality care; thanks to Mr. Lynn’s leadership, AtlantiCare went on to win the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige Award. His commitment to the community is evidenced by Mr. Lynn’s service on multiple boards, by the significant leadership positions he has held nationally, and by the awards and recognition he has received from numerous organizations over the years. Mr. Lynn is Chair of the CMSRU Advisory Board’s Development Committee.

Marvin Samson

Marvin Samson is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Samson Medical Technologies, a company specializing in injectable drug delivery systems and programs for hospital and alternate-site pharmacists. In 1967, Mr. Samson helped to found Elkins-Sinn – today known as West-Ward Pharmaceuticals – where he was President and CEO for 18 years. Mr. Samson has served in leadership and frequently founding roles at Marsam Pharmaceuticals, Samson Medical Technologies, SICO, Worldwide Injectables, and Qualitest Pharmaceuticals. An award-winning business leader, he also is active on numerous charitable and industry boards. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and was its Interim President for the 2011-12 academic year. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors of Virtua Health System, NanoPass Technologies Ltd., Flynn Pharma, JHP Pharmaceuticals, and Emcure Pharmaceuticals Limited. He is past chairman of the Generic Pharmaceutical Association and past president of the PDE, a pharmaceutical trade association.

Paul Katz, MD

Dr. Katz is the Founding Dean of CMSRU, and as such, is the chief architect, executive, and academic leader of the school. He has ultimate oversight over development of the curriculum, faculty recruitment, and development of all programs within the medical school. Prior to his leadership role at CMSRU, Dr. Katz was the Founding Vice Dean for Faculty and Clinical Affairs and Professor of Medicine at The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton, PA, where he was instrumental in launching the new medical school that enrolled its first class in 2009. Dr. Katz received his medical degree from the Georgetown University School of Medicine, and completed his training in Internal Medicine at the Shands Teaching Hospital at the University of Florida College of Medicine.