Interim OU medical dean appointed

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published February 27, 2019


ROCHESTER HILLS —  Oakland University officials recently appointed Duane Mezwa as the interim dean of the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.

Mezwa follows medical school founding Dean Robert Folberg, who recently stepped down from his position.

In a 40-year career with Beaumont Health, Mezwa served as the health system chair and the physician executive for diagnostic radiology and molecular imaging. He also has served as the chair of the OU William Beaumont School of Medicine’s department of diagnostic radiology and molecular imaging.

“Dr. Mezwa is exceptionally well-respected, both at Beaumont Health and at OUWB,” OU President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz said in a statement. “His leadership within OUWB since its founding positions him to be an outstanding interim dean. I am highly enthusiastic about his selection.”

Mezwa held a position on the inaugural William Beaumont School of Medicine Admissions Committee as the vice chair. He  has served on the school’s Deans Executive Committee and currently chairs the Student Performance Review Committee.

“Duane understands OUWB on many levels and has already played an integral role in the success of the school from its formation until today,” OU  Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs James Lentini said in a statement. “As we discussed the future leadership of the medical school, he stood out as a natural fit to lead us as interim dean while a national search is conducted for a permanent dean.”

Mezwa attended the Wayne State University School of Medicine, graduating in 1979 and completing a residency at Beaumont Health before serving as an attending radiologist.

As a researcher, Mezwa has authored many published articles and contributed chapters to several medical textbooks, as well as attended conferences across the country as an invited speaker.

“Duane’s shared commitment to the medical profession and to the education of medical students who are on the path to becoming the physicians of the future really shines through,” Beaumont Health Chief Medical Officer David Wood said in a statement. “This dual passion made his selection as interim dean an easy choice that Beaumont Health and our partners at OU could both support.”