Dean’s Update: July 8, 2022 | College of Human Medicine


July 8, 2022 – Aron Sousa, MD


This week has been particularly busy for me, so my update was going to be short and mostly news. I’m already hearing sounds of relief from some of you, but while it’s all timely, the brevity escaped me. So let’s get to the news:

I am pleased to report that Dr. Basil Abdo has taken over the duties of our Southeast Michigan campus in Southfield and Novi. You will remember the wonderful work of our founding CAD, Val Overholt, DO, who retired this spring. No one will replace Val, but Dr. Abdo is off to a great start and we appreciate his enthusiasm and dedication. He received his medical degree from the University of Szeged, Hungary, and continued his family medicine residency at Ascension-Providence in Southfield in 2003. Since then he has been an active member of the Ascension system and served as Associate President from the Department of Family Medicine at Ascension Providence since 2014. In 2020, he was appointed Director of Family Medicine Clerkship for the Southeast Michigan Campus of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. In an impressive feat, he won the MSU CHM Outstanding Community Volunteer Faculty Award in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2022. We welcome Dr. Abdo to this role and look forward to his leadership!

I am also pleased to announce Dr. David Buzanoski as the new Midland Regional Campus CAD. He took on the role after the retirement of the campus’ founding CAD, Paula Klose, MD. Like Val, Paula has done a tremendous job for our students, the college and the community. We won’t really be replacing Paula, but Dr. Buzanoski, who like Dr. Klose graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in 2011 with an MD, is already working hard and doing a great job for us. He trained in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula at the Marquette Campus and was awarded the Gold Award for Humanism and certified in the Rural Medicine Program. Subsequently, he completed a combined residency at Maine Medical Center in 2016, where he served as Pediatrics Chief Resident and Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Chief Resident.

Dr. Buzanoski has mentored many students over the years and was nominated and received the Outstanding Community Faculty Award for the Midland Regional Campus in 2022. Additionally, Dr. Buzanoski served as the campus facilitator for the rural community health (R-CHP ). We welcome Dr. Buzanoski and look forward to his leadership at the Midland Regional Campus.

I am sad to announce that Andrew Zwyghuizen, MD, will be leaving MSU and will no longer be our interim chairman or member of the Department of Surgery. I appreciate the work he has done for the college and university over the years, and we wish him the best. Over the past few days, I have met with department faculty to create the selection process for the next interim chair. The faculty decided on a simple process. Faculty in the department interested in the role of interim director will submit letters of interest to the Dean’s office by Tuesday, July 12. I plan to do interviews and consult with various leaders and professors about the decision in hopes of having an interim very soon. Based on conversations with MSU Health Care Inc., there continues to be strong interest in supporting surgical recruits for years to come, and I look forward to the growth of the department.

After a nationwide search, I am pleased to announce that Mark DeLano, MD, will be the chair of our radiology department beginning September 1. Mark is a graduate of CHM as well as Lyman Briggs College at MSU and was the director of the college’s Division of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging. After CHM, Dr. DeLano did his residency at Duke and his fellowship at Johns Hopkins before returning to MSU as a professor at East Lansing and then Grand Rapids. He has already been a great leader for us, including developing educational, research and clinical programs. My thanks to the Search Committee, Committee Chair David Kaufman, DO, and Acting Chair Kevin Robinson, DO, MBA, for their excellent work. It is wonderful to have Dr. DeLano in this very important role for the college.

As we move forward into mid-July, college is both eerily quiet and frenetic. Hopefully we have people taking advantage of the extended holiday weekend to rest and spend time with family and friends. Many scholars and scientists are pushing for as much research and scholarship as possible before the late summer coursework. For many of our graduate students, summers are the best time to focus on their research projects – carpe datum.

Our registered students have not yet started their courses, but the intermediate clinical experience students are in their rotations. My thanks to the faculty who took charge of teaching large group electrolyte sessions for me this year – may the concentration gradients be with you.

Our rising third years are taking a little break after Stage 1 and before the main rotations start next month. And, most of our incoming third-year/fourth-years have completed their third-year rotations and are beginning their Stage 2 study time – this test is becoming increasingly important to our students as the step 1 goes pass-fail.

Our recent graduates are in the midst of their first month of residency – I thank them as colleagues and the future of the profession. Elsewhere in the college, our new Advanced Baccalaureate Learning Experience (ABLE) students begin their summer institute program, which prepares them for their ABLE post-baccalaureate year. We also have high school students at the Health Scholars Science Institute (HSSI) in Flint, Grand Rapids, and Lansing who will complete a virtual program this summer. For the first time since the summer of 2019, the ABLE Summer Institute will be in person and on campus and that’s a big boost from Dr. Lipscomb and his team.

Whatever July brings you; I hope you and yours are safe and healthy. So far in my week we have had no COVID patients but three overdoses of one type or another. Pay attention to each other.

Serve people with you,


Aron Sousa, MD


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