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Publish Date: 01/12/01
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Wexler Appointed Associate Dean, College of Medicine

Cincinnati--Laura Wexler, MD, professor of Internal Medicine in the UC College of Medicine, has been appointed to succeed Robert Suriano, PhD, as Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Admissions in the College. Suriano has headed the Office of Student Affairs and Admissions at the UC College of Medicine for 12 years, and plans to retire in June.

In announcing the appointment, Dean John Hutton, MD, noted the success of the recruitment and admissions programs under Suriano's leadership. "By appointing Dr. Wexler now, the College will benefit from the opportunity for her to work with Dr. Suriano to ensure a smooth transition with no interruption to ongoing, excellent programs," Hutton said. "Dr. Wexler has demonstrated a commitment to working with medical students throughout her career. She has always been involved in counseling and advising students, as well as developing medical school curriculum and professional development programs," Hutton said.

Suriano has spent 30 years in medical school student affairs and admissions, working with students both in the classroom and administration. Before coming to UC, his career included student affairs and faculty positions at Wright State University, the Medical College of Ohio, St. Louis University and University of Vermont. He holds a PhD in microbiology from the University of Pennsylvania. Suriano has served as national chair of the Group on Student Affairs for the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges), as well as the chair of the AAMC Central Region Group on Student Affairs.

During Suriano's tenure at UC, the College instituted the Dual Admissions Program, which allows undergraduates in certain degree programs throughout Ohio to be pre-approved for future admission to UC's College of Medicine. The intent is to make pre-medical education more meaningful and to strengthen UC's reputation and ability to recruit the best and the brightest students.

Laura Wexler has been a member of the UC faculty for 13 years. She did her internal medicine and cardiology training at the Massachusetts General Hospital and joined the faculty of Boston University in 1976. She was formerly Chief of Cardiology of the Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Interim Director of the Division of Cardiology at UC. She serves as chair of the Clinical Biennium Curriculum Committee and of the Reappointment, Promotions and Tenure Committee of the College.

"I am very excited about joining the UC College of Medicine's excellent Office of Student Affairs and Admissions," Wexler said. "My goals are, first, to recruit the best students from Ohio and out of state to the College of Medicine. My second goal is to provide the academic support, counseling and inspiration to help our students acquire the knowledge base, skills, insight and professional values that characterize an outstanding physician."

The UC College of Medicine is one of the oldest colleges of medicine in the United States. It was founded in 1819 by Daniel Drake, and has grown into a major state-supported education, clinical and research center. There are close to 1,000 full-time faculty members, and a student enrollment of over 600 medical and 400 graduate students in the College.

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