Steven J. Scheinman, MD, named president and dean

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Scranton, Pennsylvania  – The Board of Trustees of The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) announced today that Steven J. Scheinman, MD, has been named president and dean.  Dr. Scheinman will succeed interim president and dean Robert Wright, MD, on September 10.

“After an extensive national search, Dr. Scheinman emerged as an exceptional leader with a strong and broad vision to advance the college’s educational, administrative, and research activities in exciting new ways,” stated Louis DeNaples, chair, TCMC Board of Trustees. “TCMC is extremely fortunate to have recruited a leader with Dr. Scheinman’s outstanding talents and breadth of experience in medical education. His character is consonant with TCMC’s mission and values.” 

Dr. Scheinman brings outstanding leadership and academic credentials to TCMC. He is professor of medicine and pharmacology at SUNY Upstate Medical University, and previously served as its senior vice president and dean of the College of Medicine with institutional responsibility for overseeing its academic, research, and clinical programs and broadening the regional presence for the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Health Professions and Graduate Studies. Dr. Scheinman has earned international prominence for his research into the genetics of inherited kidney diseases and kidney stones. He has been on the faculty at Upstate for nearly 30 years, during which he served as chief of the nephrology division in the department of medicine for ten years where he doubled the size of the faculty and grew the dialysis program.

“Dr. Scheinman’s commitment to excellence is evident from his past accomplishments and leadership positions,” stated Christian Adonizio, MD, MLA, chair of the TCMC search committee and assistant dean of clinical education. “I believe that he will work in a thoughtful, insightful and collaborative manner with faculty, staff, students and leaders to guide the future of TCMC.” 

Dr. Scheinman holds an A.B., summa cum laude, from Amherst College in Massachusetts and received his medical degree with honors from Yale University. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital; was chief resident in internal medicine at Upstate; and completed fellowships in nephrology at Upstate Medical Center and Yale-New Haven Hospital.  Dr. Scheinman is board-certified in internal medicine and nephrology. He was an attending physician at University Hospital, Crouse-Irving Memorial Hospital and Veterans Administration Medical Center in Syracuse, New York.

“I am honored and excited to be asked to lead this outstanding institution.  The mission and values of TCMC are remarkably strong and clear, and deeply appealing to me,” stated Dr. Scheinman.  “I look forward to working with TCMC’s talented and committed trustees, leadership, faculty, staff and students, and to advancing TCMC’s mission to improve the health of the region through excellence in medical education, research and community service.  I am particularly excited to be taking the reins at this propitious time when the LCME has advanced TCMC to provisional accreditation and has approved expansion of class size to 100 students, and when we will be granting our first MD degrees this spring,” Dr. Scheinman continued.

During his eight years as dean at Upstate, the college created a Masters in Public Health (MPH), established two new departments, and reached an historic high in research funding.  He appointed 15 of the 25 department chairs in Upstate’s College of Medicine, including the first six women ever to serve in that position. 

Dr. Scheinman has published more than 80 peer-reviewed articles, reviews, and book chapters on topics related to kidney disease and genetics.  For most of his career he was principal investigator on grants funded by the NIH, American Heart Association, and other agencies.  He has been an invited speaker at numerous national and international meetings and a visiting professor at many prominent universities across the United States and abroad.

Dr. Scheinman has served on review boards for the National Institutes of Health, American Society of Nephrology, American Federation for Clinical/Medical Research, American Heart Association, and National Kidney Foundation, among others. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and of the American Society of Nephrology, and an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation.  Dr. Scheinman was a gubernatorial appointee to the New York State Council on Graduate Medical Education, and has served on a number of national boards related to medical education.  He will continue to serve on the board of the National Resident Match Program.  He has been an advocate on healthcare workforce issues and matters affecting medical schools.

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