Dayton, OH—Marjorie Bowman, M.D., M.P.A., begins her tenure as dean at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012.
Bowman, who comes to Wright State from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, succeeds Howard Part, M.D., who stepped down after 14 years as dean to resume his teaching career as a full-time faculty member in the Department of Internal Medicine.
Before coming to Dayton, Bowman was the founding chair of the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and served as director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center of Public Health Initiatives, whose mission is to improve health and quality of life by expanding and strengthening public health education, research and practice; to promote community/academic partnerships; and to serve as the academic base for Penn’s Master of Public Health degree program.
“Marjorie Bowman was selected from a strong pool of highly qualified candidates,” said Wright State President David R. Hopkins. “She will bring outstanding experience to the Boonshoft School of Medicine in many areas, one of which is her significant interest and work in the area of health care community partnerships. She’s an excellent choice to succeed Dr. Howard Part, whose vision and leadership have served our larger community so well.”
Having served at Penn as the first female chair of a clinical department in the School of Medicine, Bowman led the department to one with more than 45,000 outpatient visits in two offices in West Philadelphia and 1,400 hospital admissions, while championing education and research in family, preventive and community medicine within the university.
“I was attracted to Boonshoft because it is a school truly birthed of and for its community. The school has benefited immensely from excellent leadership, which has created a forward thinking collaborative for superior health care and for highly creative research while maintaining an educational model that is emulated nationally,” Bowman said. “Such a magnificent spirit of both innovation and inquiry will serve the school well into the future, and I am honored to take the helm at such an exciting time in Boonshoft’s history.”
In addition to her medical degree, Bowman has a master’s degree in public administration. She previously worked for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service in health policy work and was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Services. She is dual board-certified in family medicine and public health and in general preventive medicine.
A member of the National Academies of Science Institute of Medicine since 1993, Bowman has served as a consultant to several branches of government and many universities, and previously served as president of the American Board of Family Practice, which is now known as the American Board of Family Medicine.
Bowman is widely published in areas of behavior change, health personnel, women’s health and community health. She has conducted extensive research in public health, women’s health, physician behavior, health manpower and acupuncture.
She was named a “Top Doctor” by U.S. News and World Report in 2011 and placed on the “Best Doctors® in America” list for 2011 by Best Doctors® Inc.
Bowman has written several books, including Stress and Women Physicians and Office Emergencies. She has also served as editor of the Yearbook of Family Practices.
In addition, Bowman has been a reviewer for such publications as the Journal of Women’s Health, The Primary Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry and the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. She has written journal articles on topics ranging from family medicine to cancer, obesity, neurology and radiology. One notable article was titled “The impact of drug company funding on the content of continuing medical education.”
Bowman earned her bachelor’s degree from Penn State University, her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College and her master’s in public administration from the University of Southern California.
Bowman served as assistant and associate professors, an assistant dean and a program director at Georgetown University School of Medicine. She later was professor and chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University.
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