Towards the Hospital At Home

Wayne State University and Wayne Health, its affiliated physician practice group, have received a $900,000 grant from Bank of America to strengthen the Wayne Health Mobile Unit program.

WSU in Top 100 Best Medical Schools

U.S. News and World Report again named the Wayne State University School of Medicine a Top 100 medical school for research in its annual Best Medical Schools rankings.

The magazine ranked the School of Medicine 68th in research of the 188 medical schools eligible for ranking.

The school was ranked 86th in the category of Best Medical Schools for Primary Care.

Other rankings include:

  • 28th Most Diverse Medical School
  • 58th in Most Graduates Serving in Medically Underserved Areas
  • 98th in Most Graduates Practicing in Rural Areas
  • 111th in Most Graduates Practicing in Primary Care

Known for urban clinical excellence focusing on medical and biomedical education, hands-on clinical experience, research and community care, the WSU School of Medicine has been training physicians since 1868.

Each year, U.S. News & World Report issues its Best Medical Schools report and rankings based on a number of indicators, including quality assessment, peer assessment scores, residency director scores, research activity, primary care rate, faculty-student ratio, number of graduates entering specialty fields, and ratings by medical school deans and senior faculty.

This is the second year the magazine published a ranking of the most diverse medical schools. The Howard University College of Medicine in the District of Columbia took first place in the ranking, which considers the proportion of students who are Black or African American, Hispanic/Latinx, American Indian or Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander.

(Source: WSUSOM)


Please wish a very warm welcome to our new residents, and our heartiest congratulations to them on their match.

Interim Chair of Neurosurgery

Dean Schweizer writes:

“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Carmen McIntyre Leon, M.D., assistant professor and associate chair of Community Affairs in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, to the position of interim chair of the Department of Neurosurgery, effective Feb. 1.

Dr. McIntyre Leon replaces Sonia Eden, M.D., who served as interim chair of the department since February 2021 and has accepted another position out of state.

A 1990 graduate of our School of Medicine, Dr. McIntyre Leon joined the faculty in 2014. She will serve in the position during a national search for a permanent chair.

The chief medical officer of the Michigan Department of Corrections, she is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the Michigan Medical Association, the Michigan Psychiatric Society (president), the Oakland County Medical Association, the American Correctional Association and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care.

Her previous leadership experience includes serving as chief medical director for the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority, Southwest Counseling Solutions, Community Network Services, St. Joseph Mercy Network and Boniface Human Services.

Among her broad community involvement, Dr. McIntyre Leon also serves as the Human Services Collaborative Committee co-chair for the Steering Committee for Wayne County Providers of Services to Children, Youth and Families.

In 2020, she received the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Other accolades include being named a Crain’s Health Care Hero for advancements in health care, the Excellence in Mental Health First Aid Community Impact award from the national Council for Behavioral Health, being named to the Class of 2015 Women of Excellence by The Michigan Chronicle and the David J. Olen Award from the Mental Illness Research Association.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1985. After graduating from the Wayne State University School of Medicine, she completed a residency and National Institutes of Mental Health research fellowship at the Medical College of Pennsylvania.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. McIntyre Leon and offering her every assistance.

Mark E. Schweitzer, M.D.
Dean, School of Medicine
Vice President, Health Affairs

FOODA Service to Resume

The School of Medicine has announced that FOODA meal service in the Scott Hall cafeteria will be available beginning Jan. 24 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

FOODA will bring a daily variety of local restaurant offerings so you can buy lunch without leaving the building. There are no delivery fees, and prices are comparable to what you’d spend at the restaurants.

Order your meal ahead of time and avoid waiting in line. Simply sign into the FOODA app, select your location and order your food. Rewards, coupons and subsidies are built into the experience.

You can view upcoming menus online and download the app and get a $2 coupon on your first meal at

Congratulations Dr. Todi

Dean Schweizer has announced the appointment of Sokol Todi, PhD, as interim Chair of the Department of Pharmacology w.e.f. January 24. He succeeds Raymond Mattingly, PhD.

COVID-19 Update for Residents

December 26, 2021

Good evening!
I hope everyone is having a great holiday season.  I have received several questions regarding our current surgery resident COVID plan – and wanted to provide updates for all:
  • If you are sick with symptoms of COVID, do not come to work, obtain a COVID test, and let me know.
  • If you are COVID positive, stay home.  You can return to work after 7 days assuming you are symptom free and have a negative covid test.  These 7 days can be shortened depending on symptoms, negative COVID test, and potential workforce shortages.
  • Always wear PPE (mask and eye protection) while at work.
  • If you are wearing your PPE and are vaccinated & boosted, exposures don’t occur.
  • If you are vaccinated & boosted, no quarantine is necessary in the event of an exposure – even in high-risk exposure
  • Do not COVID test following an exposure if you are asymptomatic – COVID testing should only occur in the presence of symptoms.
As COVID may affect our surgical workforce, adjustments to resident schedules might become necessary.  Please continue to be flexible during these times – we are always trying to be fair and transparent.
If you have any questions/concerns, please let me know.
Happy Holidays,
David Edelman
Program Director

Covid-19 Booster

Dear campus community,

As we prepare for winter break, the omicron variant is rapidly spreading across the nation, with case numbers in some areas doubling every three days. The variant has been identified in Michigan, and case numbers across the state and region continue to rise. After a brief decrease, positivity rates in Detroit have begun to climb again.

We are concerned about the omicron variant and, as we have since the beginning of the pandemic, we will continue to monitor the latest data and respond in a way that prioritizes the health and safety of our campus community. We know that omicron is more transmissible than previous variants. However, available data demonstrates that vaccines and boosters continue to be effective in preventing serious illness and further spread.

To be sure that our campus community remains fully vaccinated, we will institute a booster requirement for students, faculty and staff for the winter 2022 semester. The booster requirement will apply to every member of the Wayne State community, except for those with approved exemptions and students who will learn 100% remotely with no need to be on campus or access campus resources.

Beginning Jan. 3, to be compliant with this mandate you are required to receive and upload proof of your booster at the time you are eligible, which is six months past the second dose for Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or two months past the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Please get your booster as soon as it’s available to you and upload photographic proof. The Campus Daily Screener will be updated accordingly, and those who are unvaccinated or past their due date for a booster will not be permitted on campus unless they have an approved waiver. The Campus Health Center is currently offering all vaccines and boosters, and has several booster clinics scheduled, including new dates on Jan. 4, 13 and 14 that you can register for now.

While we will continue to monitor the data, we anticipate a potential increase in cases and positivity rates in the coming weeks. These increases may make it necessary to transition all classes to a remote format for a limited time period at the beginning of the winter semester. We will send an additional communication to you regarding this by close of business Thursday, Dec. 23. If we must make this transition, it will be temporary, and classes will move to their originally planned delivery method when this period is over. If we need to move to this step, further information regarding housing, libraries and other campus services will be provided to keep students informed of next steps.

We have proven that, as a campus community, we can weather this together. Our students, faculty and staff have shown incredible cooperation in getting vaccinated and following safety measures, and we have been able to continue the mission of our university while protecting our Warriors. This will continue in 2022. We encourage you to register for winter classes if you have not already and continue to keep showing the world what Warrior Strong looks like.

Thank you, as always, for your commitment to campus health and safety, and have a wonderful break.


Laurie M. Lauzon Clabo, PhD, RN, FAAN
Chair, Campus Health Committee
WSU Chief Health & Wellness Officer

DMC Surgical Residency Highly Ranked Nationally

From Dr. Weaver: I wanted to share with you some good news – it came in the form of a preprint shared with us by a coauthor who is a medical student from Central Michigan – he interviewed with us last week. The 48th position in national ranking is a tribute to your excellence as faculty and I, for one, am deeply grateful for what you do and maybe more importantly for who you are.

D. Weaver