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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