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The CMSRU Leadership Team.

CMSRU Leadership Team

Paul Katz, MD
Dean
KatzP@rowan.edu
Office of Medical Education
Annette C. Reboli, MD
Vice Dean
Reboli@rowan.edu
Carolyn Bekes, MD
Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs & GME
Bekes-Carolyn@cooperhealth.edu
Susan M. Perlis, EdD
Associate Dean for Medical Education
PerlisS@rowan.edu
William Kocher, MD
Assistant Dean for Curriculum - Phase 1
Kocher@rowan.edu
Lawrence S. Weisberg, MD
Assistant Dean for Curriculum - Phase 2
Weisberg@rowan.edu
 
   
Deans' Offices  
Harry Mazurek, PhD
Associate Dean for Research
Mazurek@rowan.edu
John F. McGeehan, MD
Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions
McGeehan@rowan.edu
Jocelyn Mitchell-Williams, MD, PhD
Associate Dean for Diversity & Community Affairs
WilliamsJo@rowan.edu
Patricia Davis Vanston
Associate Dean for Program and Business Development
Vanston@rowan.edu

Valerie P. Weil, MD
Associate Dean for Finance, Administration & Operations
Weil@rowan.edu
 

Annette C. Reboli, MD

Vice Dean

Dr. Reboli is the Vice Dean of Cooper Medical School of Rowan University and a Professor of Medicine.  She is responsible for oversight of the Office of Medical Education, including both undergraduate and graduate medical education, the Office of Faculty Affairs, and development of hospital and ambulatory affiliations for the medical school, as well as leading the LCME accreditation process.

Dr. Reboli received a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biology from Georgetown University College of Arts and Sciences in Washington, DC.  She received her MD degree cum laude from Georgetown University School of Medicine and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society.  She completed an internship, residency, and a year as Chief Medical Resident in Internal Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center, followed by a three-year clinical and research fellowship in infectious diseases at the Medical University of South Carolina.  Prior to becoming Vice Founding Dean, she served as Interim Dean of CMSRU and was the Head of the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Deputy Chief for Administration of the Department of Medicine at Cooper University Hospital, where she also served as the hospital epidemiologist.

Dr. Reboli is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases.  She has authored or co-authored over 150 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, and abstracts.  Dr. Reboli has been named a “Top Doctor” in a variety of magazines, including New Jersey Monthly, Philadelphia Magazine, South Jersey Magazine, SJ Magazine, and Consumer’s Checkbook.  She has been recognized by Who’s Who and Best Doctors in America.  She has served as an expert in infectious diseases on several committees for the county and state.  Dr. Reboli’s main research interest is in candidemia and other forms of invasive candidiasis.  Over the course of her career, she has garnered over $5 million in research support from a variety of sources, including NIH, NIAID, private foundations, and industry. 

In 2008, she received the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Dean’s Research Award in the faculty-clinical sciences category for research on antifungal therapy that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.  She serves on the Candida Infections Guidelines Committee of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.  She has been the recipient of several teaching awards and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, and the Philadelphia College of Physicians.

Susan M. Perlis, EdD

Associate Dean for Curriculum & Innovation

In her role as Associate Dean for Curriculum & Innovation, Dr. Perlis is responsible for development, management, and implementation of the medical school curriculum. She joined CMSRU from The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC), where she served as Associate Dean for Curriculum and Associate Professor of Medicine.   Dr. Perlis first joined TCMC as Assistant Dean for Evaluation and Assessment, where she was instrumental in establishing high-quality assessment practices for the new medical school.  As Associate Dean for Curriculum, Dr. Perlis helped TCMC become one of the first United States medical schools to adopt the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship model as the standard clinical experience for the entire medical school class in the third year.

She has significant experience not only in new medical school development, but also establishment and management of a longitudinal integrated clerkship – one of the hallmarks of CMSRU’s innovative curriculum.

Dr. Perlis holds a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Administration from Temple University, where she specialized in higher education administration.  She holds a Master of Science degree in Education in the field of Curriculum & Instruction Supervision, is a graduate of the Harvard Macy Institute Program for Educators in Healthcare Professions, and has been trained in LEAN/Six Sigma.    In addition, Dr. Perlis was accepted as a Fellow in the Class of the Hendwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program and holds a Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) from the AAMC.

Valerie P. Weil, MD, FACP

Associate Dean for Finance, Administration, & Operations

Dr. Weil holds the position of the chief operating and financial officer for the medical school.  In her role as Associate Dean for Finance, Administration, and Operations, she provides leadership for operations, financial management and reporting, information technology, marketing and social media, facilities planning and management, and the annual operating budget of CMSRU.

Prior to joining CMSRU, Dr. Weil held the position of Vice President for Strategic Planning and Business Development for The Cooper Health System.  In that role, she was responsible for strategic planning, facilities planning, business development, and business intelligence for a 561-bed tertiary care, academic medical center located in Camden, NJ.  She was also the co-chair of the Educational Resources committee, charged with planning for the accreditation and launch of CMSRU.  She previously worked for McKinsey and Company in Florham Park, NJ as a strategy consultant in the healthcare sector, where she worked with a variety of Fortune 50 companies on projects ranging from operational effectiveness, mergers and acquisitions strategies, talent management, and market assessment.  Prior to McKinsey, she was an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in women’s health, and was Co-Director of PENNHealth for Women.  In 2001, she was named a “Top Doc for Women” by Philadelphia Magazine. 


Dr. Weil received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA, and received her M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.  She completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

William Kocher, MD

Assistant Dean for Curriculum - Phase 1

Dr. Kocher is the Assistant Dean for Curricculum - Phase 1 and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. In his role as Assistant Dean for Curriculum – Phase 1, he is responsible for development and coordination of the first two years of the medical school curriculum.

Patricia Davis Vanston

Associate Dean for Program and Business Development

In her role as the Associate Dean for Program and Business Development, Ms. Vanston has responsibility for the development of novel educational programs, establishment of relationships and joint business opportunities between CMSRU and local business and institutions of higher learning, and identification of other new business opportunities.

Ms. Vanston has over 18 years of organizational business and leadership experience.  Prior to coming to CMSRU, she was instrumental in the development of another new allopathic medical school, The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton, Pennsylvania.  There, she served as the Assistant Dean for Continuing Education and established a faculty development program to serve a cadre of over six hundred volunteer physicians across northeastern and central Pennsylvania. 

Prior to this position she worked at Merck for eighteen years in various leadership positions in project management, business analysis and decision support, sales and marketing, and procurement.  She received multiple sales and leadership awards during her tenure at Merck.

Ms. Vanston received her Master of Science in Higher Education Administration and Organizational Management at Drexel University.  As part of this program, she participated in the Drexel Dragon on-line mentoring program and has analyzed the effectiveness of an on-line master’s degree program versus a traditional ‘brick and mortar’ program.  She holds a BS from the University of Scranton in Neuroscience and completed graduate work at the University of Pittsburgh-Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business.

Harry Mazurek, PhD

Associate Dean for Research

As the Associate Dean for Research, Dr. Mazurek will have oversight of all research conducted at the medical school, including both faculty and student research.  He also serves as Director of the Cooper Research Institute, and previously served as research director for the Department of Medicine and the Division Cardiovascular Disease and Critical Care Medicine.   He directs the South Jersey cardiovascular and peripheral vascular disease and osteoporosis program that has screened over 40,000 under- and uninsured individuals in Salem County.

Dr. Mazurek’s research interests include the alignment of research organizations within corporate environments, the conduct of research, and community-based participatory research.   He serves as a technical and due diligence consultant to Benjamin Franklin Technology Partners of Southeast Pennsylvania, an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.  Prior to arriving at Cooper in late 2002, he worked as a pharmaceutical business analyst for Adis International, managing director of a management group spin out from Lyondell Chemical, and for two decades in business and research management roles within Arco Chemical Company.

Mazurek earned his undergraduate degree from New York University and earned his doctorate at Brandeis University in solid-state inorganic chemistry.  He was a postdoctoral fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and completed the Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Technology Managers Development Program.

Carolyn Bekes, MD, MHA, FCCM

Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Graduate Medical Education

Dr Bekes is a Professor of Medicine at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University and holds the position of Chief Academic Affairs Officer at Cooper University Hospital. In her role as Associate Dean, she is responsible for promoting the collaboration between CMSRU and CUH, with particular emphasis on graduate medical education, continuing medical education, research, and simulation. She also is directs the strategic planning process for graduate medical education, and assists with the relationship between the medical school and hospital.

A graduate of Jefferson Medical College, Dr Bekes came to Cooper in 1977 as the Director of the Intensive Care Unit. She served as Vice President for Medical Affairs at Cooper from 1993 to 1999, at which time she was appointed Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and Chief Compliance Officer. She served as the Designated Institutional Official for Graduate Medical Education for 15 years. She held the position of Senior Vice President for Academic and Medical Affairs until her appointment as Chief Medical Officer in 2009.  In 2012, she was appointed Chief Academic Affairs Officer.

Dr Bekes is board certified in internal medicine, nephrology, and critical care medicine. She has demonstrated leadership in critical care medicine at a national level. She served as a member of the America Board of Internal Medicine’s Test and Policy Committee for Critical Care, and rose through the leadership of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, serving as President of the organization from 2000-2001. She has also served as President of the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the Chair of the American College of Critical Care medicine Board of Regents, and Chair of the Critical Care Education and Research Foundation.

Jocelyn Mitchell-Williams, MD, PhD

Associate Dean for Diversity & Community Affairs

Dr. Williams is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at CMSRU.  In her role as the Associate Dean for Diversity and Community Affairs, she leads CMSRU’s efforts in establishing joint initiatives with hospitals, educational institutions, and community organizations to improve the health outreach for disadvantaged communities, such as the creation of a pipeline to medical professions and community service programs.  Additionally, she works to develop programs that enhance cultural sensitivity in our students, faculty and staff. 

Dr. Mitchell-Williams joined CMSRU in September of 2010, and has served in the Camden community for the past 15 years.  Prior to taking on her role at CMSRU, she held a similar position at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Camden.

Dr. Mitchell-Williams is a graduate of Rutgers University, College of Engineering.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and a doctoral degree in biomedical engineering.  Previously an instructor in the department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School of UMDNJ; she went on to receive her medical degree from the same institution.  She completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cooper University Hospital.   She has been involved in program development for underrepresented and financially disadvantaged students in the areas of engineering, science and medicine for over 25 years.

Lawrence S. Weisberg, MD, FACP

Assistant Dean for Curriculum – Phase 2

Dr. Weisberg is Professor of Medicine at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, and Head of the Division of Nephrology and Deputy Chair of the Department of Medicine, Cooper University Hospital.  In his role as Assistant Dean for Curriculum – Phase 2, he is responsible for development and coordination of the third and fourth years of the medical school curriculum.

Dr. Weisberg received his AB degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and graduated with honors from Temple University School of Medicine in 1981, where he was elected to AOA.  He completed his training in both Internal Medicine and Nephrology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and in 1987, joined the faculty of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School - Camden as Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology.  He was director of the fellowship program in nephrology at Cooper University Hospital from 1989 to 2009.

Dr. Weisberg has been the recipient of numerous medical student teaching awards over the years.  In addition, he was awarded the Internal Medicine Housestaff Teaching Award in 1994, and the Sol Sherry, MD, Teaching Award in 1998. He has been invited repeatedly to speak at the American Society of Nephrology Annual Update in Nephrology Course, and has lectured widely in his principal area of research, the prevention and medical treatment of acute renal failure.  Dr. Weisberg is past president of the Nephrology Society of New Jersey.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and a Fellow of the Philadelphia College of Physicians.

Michael E. Goldberg, MD

Associate Dean for Education

Dr.  Goldberg is Professor and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University and Chief of the department of Anesthesiology at Cooper University Hospital.  In his role as Associate Dean for Education, he is responsible for the medical library, the medical simulation laboratory and programs, as well as academic affiliations and coordination across the continuum of medical education.

Dr. Goldberg earned his BS in natural science summa cum laude at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania where he was also Phi Beta Kappa, and his MD at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he was AOA.  After graduating, he completed his internship and residency in anesthesiology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where he was designated Chief Resident.  He also completed a fellowship in cardiovascular and transplant anesthesia at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

His research interests include morbid obesity and anesthesia, regional anesthesia, postoperative hypertension, post-operative cognitive dysfunction, complex regional pain syndrome and treatment and education.  He has authored several hundred articles, abstracts, books, and book chapters, with articles published in journals such as Anesthesia and Analgesia, Journal of Clinical Anesthesia and Anesthesiology.  He is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the International Anesthesia Research Society, the Society of Clinical Anesthesia Directors, the American Medical Association, the New Jersey Society of Anesthesiologists, and the American Society of Regional Anesthesia.  Dr. Goldberg is listed in Best Doctors in America.

John F. McGeehan, MD, FACP

Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions

In his role as the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions, Dr. McGeehan directs the process to admit our students and oversees the comprehensive program that allows those students to reach their full potential as physicians.  He is responsible for managing the admissions process for the MD program, as well as standing up all admissions and student affairs committees.  He is also responsible for the continued growth and development of CMSRU’s four Advisory Colleges, created so that students will have access to faculty for advisement, mentoring, and personal counseling.

Prior to joining CMSRU, Dr. McGeehan participated in the development of another new allopathic medical school, The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton, PA.  There, he was Chair of the Admissions Committee, as well as part of the faculty, and was course director for The Profession of Medicine.  He also held a faculty position at Temple University School of Medicine, was the course director for Fundamentals of Clinical Care, and was Director of Medical Education and Chair of the Department of Medicine at Mercy Hospital in Scranton.

Dr. McGeehan has received numerous teaching awards for medical education, and co-authored a textbook on healthcare ethics.  He received his MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital.

Cindi Hasit, PhD

Assistant Dean for Faculty and Student Assessment and Development

In her role as the Assistant Dean for Faculty and Student Assessment and Development, Dr. Hasit has responsibility for working with faculty and leadership to develop and manage a program for collection, analysis, and dissemination of data on student learning, faculty impact, and program effectiveness for continuous improvement.  Additionally, she is responsible for coordinating faculty development efforts to support excellence in medical education at CMSRU.

Dr. Hasit has been a member of the Rowan University community for over 25 years.  She began in the developmental education program on the Camden Campus, and was appointed as the director of the reading clinic and Professor and Chair of the Department of Reading on the main campus.  She served as Provost Fellow for two years, acting as liaison to the provost’s office for various campus initiatives.  Most recently, she was the director of the Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.  In that capacity she worked with The Cooper Health System to develop programs and events to foster research collaboration between Rowan and Cooper.
Dr. Hasit received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in Language in Education and Educational Leadership.  She has co-authored a text on literacy instruction for students in inclusive classrooms (Kuder, S.J. & Hasit, C. (2002). Enhancing literacy for all students. Columbus, OH: Merrill/Prentice-Hall) and has published articles, presented papers at national and international conferences, and has consulted with area school districts on topics related to literacy, assessment and creating professional learning communities.

Rachel J. Berget, MEd

Director of Faculty Affairs and Educational Operations

In her role as the Director of Faculty Affairs and Educational Operations at CMSRU, Ms. Berget will be responsible for all aspects of faculty affairs and faculty development.

Ms. Berget received her Bachelor of Science in Business Education from the University of University of Houston, and her M.Ed. with a specialization in higher education administration from the University of Pittsburgh.  Her master’s thesis was “The Effect of Managed Care on Graduate Medical Education.”  She completed her course work for her Ed.D. in higher education management at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pennsylvania.  For the past six years, Ms. Berget has been the Associate Director of Faculty Professional Development in the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. 

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.

He has held a variety of other executive leadership positions within medical schools and health systems, including Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Chairman of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief at Georgetown University Hospital, and Chief Operating Officer at Georgetown University Medical Center. He held a faculty position at the University of Florida as an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, Immunology, and Allergy. Earlier in his career, he worked at the NIH within the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases as a Clinical Associate and Medical Officer.

Dr. Katz is board certified in Internal Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, and Rheumatology and has published over 260 articles, chapters and abstracts. Included among his sources of research funding are the NIH, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Arthritis Foundation, the American Foundation for AIDS Research, the American Cancer Society and private industry. As a leader in his field, he has held numerous leadership roles with the American College of Rheumatology, including Chairman of the Government Affairs Committee and membership on the Board of Directors. Additionally, he has served on several editorial boards and as a reviewer for the NIH, the Food and Drug Administration, the Arthritis Foundation, and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

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.