Mary Nettleman named chairperson of MSU Department of Medicine

Contact: Glenn C. Davis, College of Human Medicine, (517) 353-1730; or Tom Oswald, University Relations, (517) 355-2281,

Jun 09, 2003

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Mary D. Nettleman, who currently serves as associate dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine, has been named chairperson of Michigan State University's Department of Medicine.

Nettleman's appointment, approved by the MSU Board of Trustees at its June 5 meeting, includes a tenured professorship in the Department of Medicine. The appointment is effective Sept. 1.

In addition to serving as associate dean for primary care at VCU, Nettleman was division chair of internal medicine and a tenured professor in the departments of internal medicine and preventive medicine.

"Dr. Nettleman has an amazing record as a physician, educator and administrator," said Glenn C. Davis, dean of the MSU College of Human Medicine. "Her strong leadership will be valued and needed as we enter these tough budgetary times."

"I'm looking forward to this opportunity," Nettleman said. "Budgets are tight at most academic institutions right now, but this must not preclude us from providing high-quality education and clinical care."

A nationally recognized expert in several areas - including epidemiologic and health outcomes research - Nettleman has been at VCU since 1996. Prior to that, she was on faculty at the University of Iowa College of Medicine.

Nettleman also has served as chief medical officer, Primary Care Consortium, VCU Health System, and director of the VCU Health System's Stony Point Medical Center. She is a fellow of the American College of Physicians.

She earned her medical degree from Vanderbilt University. She also has a master's degree in preventive medicine/epidemiology from the University of Iowa.