MSU health science officials today announced the recommendation of Aron Sousa, MD, to serve as dean of University of Michigan College of Human Medicine. If approved by the MSU board of directorshis appointment will be to start April 22, 2022.
Sousa at served as acting dean for the University because November 2019, and before that, from June 2015 to September 2016. Dr. Sousa also served as Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for 11 years.
“I am grateful that Dr Sousa will continue to lead the college and most deeply grateful to all those who to helpwrote to us identify the best person to fill the position of deansaid Beauchamp. “The Cmiddle School Aadvisory VSadvice provided excellent advice and feedback, and the search committee was tireless in seeking out the best candidates from across the country.”
In his 17 years in management, Dr Sousacontributions to medical training and MSU have been transformational. He directed the creation from college innovative Shared Discovery Program and was responsible for medical training programs at middle Schoolit’s Seven statewide community campuses. During this time, Dr Sousa managed the of the nation the medical school’s largest expansion, doubling the college’s class sizes and converting its Grand Rapids campus from a 60-student two-year campus to a 350-student four-year campus. He played a central role in the development of the Grand Rapids Innovation Park and in establishing MSU’s partnership with Henry Ford Health in Detroit.
Dr. Sousa is known as a tireless advocate for student success. He intentionally expanded the college’s commitment, resources and focus on diversity, equity, inclusion and righteousness. Health disparities were prevalent before the pandemic, and Dr. Sousa has worked for years to address these issues to increase access to health care and education across the state and on campus, supporting a culture of caring.
“Dr. Sousa led with kindness, transparency, integrity, and a consistent focus on the success and well-being of students, faculty, and staff“, noted Beauchamp. “He truly embodies the values of an empathetic leader and has proven it in his service over the years. Many would agree that he demonstrated a commitment to others that defines “servant leadership.””
Research, Discovery, and college innovation have also increased significantly. As head of the college’s $30 million expansion to Flint, Dr. Sousa was the principal investigator of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation grants that led to the college establishing the Division of Public Health and centering its community campus in downtown Flint. More recently, and alongside his exceptional leadership during the pandemic, Dr. Sousa spearheaded an initiative that resulted in a $25 million grant from the Mott Foundation to expand the college’s public health program to Flint.
Dr. Sousa is a practicing general internist. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry and his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. He was then both resident and Chief Resident in Internal Medicine and completed a Primary Care Fellowship at Michigan State University.