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Scranton, Pennsylvania – Valerie Weber, MD, FACP, has joined The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) as Founding Chair of Medicine. In this leadership role, she will oversee the development of education, research, practice models and community partnerships for the newly established Department of Medicine. Dr. Weber will also serve as a member of the TCMC’s senior leadership team and will lead the establishment of the development of the internal medicine department, including faculty recruitment and program/curriculum development.
“We are grateful to have a clinician and leader such as Dr. Weber to oversee the development of the Department of Medicine at TCMC and introduce our students to innovate clinical and research educational opportunities within this specialty,” stated Robert D’ Alessandri, MD, President and Dean of The Commonwealth Medical College.
As a physician and educator for more than twenty years, Dr. Weber’s passion for teaching and medicine has earned her several leadership roles in advising medical students and overseeing the development of educational curriculum for various clinical practices and residency programs. As leader in TCMC’s Department of Medicine, her vision is to foster the development of the next generation of physicians who will provide outstanding patient care leading the field in quality, patient safety and compassion with innovative models of care based on community assessment and need.
“Dr. Weber is an exceptional leader and comes to TCMC with extensive clinical and teaching experience who will inspire our medical students to become a new generation of caring, skilled physicians,” added Paul Katz, MD, Vice Dean for Faculty and Clinical Affairs.
A native of Pennsylvania, Dr. Weber is board-certified in internal medicine and earned her bachelor’s degree from Washington and Jefferson College and her Doctorate of Medicine from the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine. She completed her internal medicine internship and residency at The Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Weber has dedicated her career to the advancement of internal medicine and has served in various educational leadership roles including several clinical faculty appointments at the University of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine, and the Temple University School of Medicine. She has served in national leadership roles in Internal Medicine including President of the Association of Chiefs of General Internal Medicine in 2007-8.
Dr. Weber joins TCMC from Geisinger Health System in Danville, PA where she served as Vice-Chair, Division of Medicine and Department Director, General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. She is currently completing a Masters in Science degree in healthcare administration from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Background Information: The Commonwealth Medical College, one of the nation’s newest medical colleges, welcomed its charter class of sixty-five medical students and Masters of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) students in August 2009. The College has campuses in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport and currently has over 113 full time employees and over 557 clinical faculty members. For the academic years of 2009 and 2010, students will use temporary facilities on the Lackawanna College campus until construction of the new TCMC Medical Sciences Building is completed in April 2011. The Commonwealth Medical College is dedicated to training the next generation of physicians and scientists in a community-based model. Focusing on selecting students with a propensity for community service, the school’s unique structure is designed to provide these students with diverse clinical experiences from the very first day of their education. For information please go to www.thecommonwealthmedical.com.
TCMC has been granted degree-granting authority from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and preliminary accreditation from the Liaison Committee of Medical Education. The Commonwealth Medical Education Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).