On Dec. 14, Andrea Amalfitano, DO, became dean of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM). He has served as the COM’s interim dean since February.
“I can’t imagine a greater honor than leading the college that gave me my start in osteopathic medicine,” Amalfitano said in a MSUCOM press release. “I plan to focus on building an even better student experience, strengthening our already impressive faculty research portfolio and working with our colleagues in the university’s health colleges to provide exceptional clinical care.”
Dr. Amalfitano is a three-time alumnus of Michigan State University; he has a bachelor of science degree and PhD in microbiology from the university, as well as a DO degree from MSUCOM.
The focus of Dr. Amalfitano’s research has centered on clinical medicine and applied genetics related to gene transfer to treat diseases in infants, children and adults including lethal muscular dystrophies, cancer, autism and autoimmune disorders.
In a statement, MSU Provost June Pierce Youatt said Dr. Amalfitano is “eager to take on the challenges of curriculum revision, enhance student support, expand the college’s research agenda, and create deeper relationships with our hospital partners.”
Prior to his current role, Dr. Amalfitano served as director of MSU’s Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute and a professor of microbiology and molecular genetics and pediatrics at MSU.