Upstate News

March 21, 2006
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Three tapped for assistant dean posts in the College of Medicine

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Steven J. Scheinman, M.D., SUNY Upstate executive vice president and dean of the College of Medicine, has announced the following appointments:

N. Barry Berg, Ph.D., has been appointed assistant dean for student affairs. In this role, Berg, an adjunct professor in the departments of Cell and Developmental Biology and Physical Therapy, will be responsible for coordinating the medical student advisory dean and academic support programs. Berg’s previous work with the Office of Student Affairs includes the development of a summer gross anatomy program, and the coordination of minority student educational programs, residency advising and service to the Medical Student Admissions Committee. Berg currently is responsible for coordinating gross anatomy courses for medical and physical therapy students. In addition, he assists in teaching an imaging anatomy course for the transitional doctorate degree program in Physical Therapy, and he provides a clinically oriented anatomy course for fourth-year medical students and residents.

Berg has spent two years on the NBME Test materials Development Committee for Gross Anatomy and Embryology. He also coordinates SUNY Upstate’s Anatomical Gift Program. Berg, who joined the SUNY Upstate faculty in 1971, is a past recipient of the SUNY Upstate’s President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the SUNY President’s Award for Affirmative Action and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Leslie Kohman, M.D., has been appointed assistant dean for faculty development. As assistant dean, Kohman will be responsible for faculty orientation, mentoring programs and the coordination of all faculty development events in the College of Medicine. Kohman will work closely with Howard Weinberger, M.D., on creating the annual faculty development series, with Provost Kenneth Barker, Ph.D, on faculty development programs with a research focus, and with Lynn Cleary, M.D., for faculty development programs with an educational or pedagogical focus. In her role as assistant dean, Kohman will report to Laura Schweitzer, Ph.D., vice dean of the College of Medicine and vice president for academic affairs.

Kohman, who joined the SUNY Upstate faculty in 1985, is professor of surgery and director of the Thoracic Oncology Program. She played a key role in earning accreditation for University Hospital’s cancer program. She has been widely honored for her outstanding contributions to medicine. In 1997 she received the highest honor of the Association of Women Surgeons, and most recently, in 2005, received the State University of New York’s highest academic honor when she was appointed a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor.

David Turner, Ph.D., has been appointed assistant dean for curriculum. Turner, a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, joined the SUNY Upstate faculty in 1980. His research focused on adhesion of muscle and nerve cells to molecules of the extracellular matrix. Turner participated in numerous university and departmental initiatives and played a key role in designing and implementing curriculum renewal in the College of Medicine, an effort that he will continue to oversee in his new post.

Turner has served as vice chairman of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, as director of the Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Program and as co-director or director of three medical school courses, most recently Molecular Foundations of Medicine. He is a past recipient of the SUNY Upstate’s President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Turner earned his doctorate from Johns Hopkins University and did research at the National Institutes of Health and at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology before joining the Upstate faculty.

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