WSU hires new faculty members for College of Medicine


By Doug Nadvornick, College of Medical Sciences

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Washington State University College of Medical Sciences – soon to be College of Medicine – has hired more than 40 clinicians and basic scientists to build the faculty necessary to support the operation of WSU’s new medical school. These faculty will develop and implement curriculum for the MD degree program, as well as do research and clinical work.

Most of the new faculty members are Spokane-based physicians who are helping develop the clinical content of the courses medical students will take during their first two years. Each course is taught by an interdisciplinary team of physicians and scientists. When the new school opens (anticipated in fall 2017), clinical faculty members will participate in teaching classes in their areas of expertise.

Some of these new faculty members are course directors and others are participating as members of the faculty team. Two of these clinician faculty members, Drs. Radha Nandagopal and Jeremy Graham, are taking leadership roles in the curriculum development process and are developing the clinical medicine course that will continue through all four years of medical school.

Besides the physician clinical faculty, five tenure track faculty members were added last year to do both research and teaching. They are professor Marcos Frank and assistant professors Weimin Li, Lucia Peixoto, Bin Shan and Jingru Sun. Each has an active research lab and will be involved with graduate education as well as medical education.

In addition, 18 faculty members from the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Pharmacy, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine have received joint appointments and will teach medical students as well.

“We are extremely fortunate to have been able to recruit both outstanding scientists, as well as clinicians, to be part of our faculty in the College of Medicine,” said Acting Dean Ken Roberts. “We are laying a strong foundation for our academic programs and research in the college.”

First- and second-year medical students will do their academic work on the WSU Spokane campus. Third- and fourth-year students will be assigned to WSU’s clinical campuses in Spokane, the Tri-Cities, Vancouver and Everett, where they will be taught and mentored by physicians in those communities.


New WSU College of Medicine clinical faculty:

Name                   Discipline
Dieter Lubbe         Cardiology
Chris Anderson     Cardiology (pediatric)
Ben Hsu                Dermatology
Kate Reed             Dermatology
Carl Heine            Emergency Medicine
Nandagopal         Endocrinology (pediatric)
Arnie Cohen         Gastroenterology
Mike Kestell         Gastroenterology
Bill Dittman          Hematology/Oncology
Bob Gersh            Hematology/Oncology
Hakan Kaya          Hematology/Oncology
Ross Goshorn      Hematology/Oncology (pediatric)
Stefanos Intzes    Hematology/Oncology (pediatric)
Sam Palpant         Infectious Diseases
Jeremy Graham    Internal Medicine
Bassem Bejjani     Medical Genetics  (pediatric)
Henry Mroch        Nephrology
Nelson Chow        Nephrology
Roger Cooke        Neurology
Nathan Meltzer    Obstetrics and Gynecology
Steve Brisbois      Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ayumi Corn         Pathology
Brent Hjermstad   Pathology
Chris Montague   Pathology
Dave Hoak           Pathology
Felix Martinez      Pathology
Mancong Zhang   Pathology
Paul Eastvold       Pathology
Sanjay Logani      Pathology
Tom Allerding     Pathology
Tom Bassler        Pathology
Greg Carter         Physical Medicine/Rehabilitation
Greg Loewen       Pulmonology
Sam Joseph         Pulmonology
Dan Murray         Radiology
Rick Brunkan       Radiology
Tom Richardson  Radiology
Gary Craig           Rheumatology
Howard Kenney   Rheumatology
Levi Deters          Urology
Joint appointments:

Name                      WSU College or Department
Kenn Daratha          Nursing
Patricia Butterfield   Nursing
Janet Beary              Nutrition and Exercise Physiology
Shuwen Wang          Pharmacy
Sue Marsh               Pharmacy
Kimberly McKeirnan Pharmacy
Josh Neumiller         Pharmacy
John White               Pharmacy
Mary Paine               Pharmacy
Gaddameedhi          Pharmacy
Ayesha Ahmed        Pharmacy
Mike Gibson            Pharmacy
Mark Garrison         Pharmacy
Alyson Blum            Pharmacy
Roullet                    Pharmacy
Bill Kabasenche       Philosophy
Terry Hassold         Veterinary Medicine
Steve Lampa           Veterinary Medicine


Ken Roberts, WSU College of Medical Sciences acting dean, 509-358-7516,
Doug Nadvornick, WSU College of Medical Sciences communications, 509-358-7540,