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Aug. 5, 2016

Norman J. Beauchamp Jr. recommended as College of Human Medicine dean

Norman J. Beauchamp Jr. has been recommended to serve as the new dean of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

If approved by the MSU Board of Trustees, his appointment will be effective Oct. 1.

Beauchamp is professor and chairperson of the Department of Radiology at the University of Washington, a role he assumed in 2002. During his tenure, he served as president of the UW Physician Practice where he managed the clinical practice of the 1,600 physicians employed by the University of Washington. He also served as vice chairperson and chairperson of the University of Washington Faculty Senate, as well as medical director of the Seattle/King County Clinic that provided dental, vision and medical care to the uninsured and underinsured. In addition, Beauchamp is professor of neurological surgery and industrial and systems engineering at UW.

“Dr. Beauchamp has a unique understanding and appreciation of the complex mission of the College of Human Medicine,” said MSU Provost June Pierce Youatt. “He understands the imperative to support research in critical areas, to deliver the highest quality preparation for the next generation of physicians, and to continue to add value to the communities in which we are engaged. He aspires for the college to be a leader in each of these areas and to expand the contributions it makes to our state, our students, the profession and the quality of life of those we serve.”

A graduate of the MSU College of Human Medicine, Beauchamp spent his first two years of medical school at the East Lansing campus and his clinical years in Grand Rapids. He received his bachelor of science degree in biology from MSU and his master of health science degree from what was then known as the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

He completed his radiology residency, neuroradiology fellowship and neurointerventional training at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institution, where he later joined the faculty in 1996. While at Johns Hopkins, he served as vice chairperson for clinical operations and interim chairperson.

Beauchamp’s research emphasis has been in developing MRI-based advanced imaging techniques to extend the treatment window in acute stroke and using imaging to identify risk predictors of stroke and dementia. He served as the director of the NIH-funded Epidemiologic Studies Image Analysis Center at Johns Hopkins and at UW, which completed the analysis of three multicenter cohort studies enrolling more than 6,000 individuals.

Beauchamp is a national leader in the radiology community and is currently serving as chair of the International Outreach Committee for the American Roentgen Ray Society and on the board of directors of the Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments. He has served as the chair of the Radiology Research Alliance, the chair of the Coalition for Bioimaging Research and chair of the American College of Radiology Education Committee. Beauchamp is past president of the American Roentgen Ray Society and of the Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments.

An active and influential scientist with more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, Beauchamp was recently recognized and honored for his demonstrated ability to lead, inspire and collaborate as the University of Washington 2016 David B. Thorud Leadership Award faculty recipient.

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