Robert B. Petersen, PhD
Chair of Foundational Sciences

Dr. Petersen joined the CMU College of Medicine in 2017 as Chair of Foundational Sciences and Professor of Pathology. Dr. Petersen earned his BS in Biochemistry and PhD in Cell and Development Biology from the University of Minnesota. Following post-doctoral Research fellowships at The Human Genetics Institute at the University of Minnesota and at The University of Chicago he accepted a faculty position at Case Western Reserve University in the Department of Pathology. He rose through the ranks to tenured, full Professor with secondary appointments in Neuroscience and Neurology. Dr. Petersen had an active research laboratory pursuing the cellular underpinnings of neurodegenerative disease, publishing over 100 peer reviewed articles. He discovered that an intragenic mutation in the prion protein resulted in two distinct disease phenotypes. He became Assistant Dean of Basic Science Education at Case Western before moving to CMU.

S. Sethu K. Reddy, MD, MBA, FRCPC, FACP, MACE
Chair of Medical Disciplines

Dr. Sethu Reddy is Professor and Chair of Medicine at Central Michigan University College of Medicine. He has previously been Chief of Adult Diabetes at Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard, in Boston and Chairman of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism at Cleveland Clinic and a VP for Medical Affairs at Merck. He completed his undergraduate education at Memorial University of Newfoundland and postgraduate training in Endocrinology & Metabolism at University of Toronto and in Molecular & Cellular Physiology at Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston in 1988. Dr. Reddy has been actively involved in numerous clinically relevant projects with AACE since 1996 and is currently on the Board of Trustees for the American College of Endocrinology. In 2007, he received the distinction of Mastership in the American College of Endocrinology.  

John Blebea, MD, MBA
Chair of Surgical Disciplines

John Blebea, M.D., M.B.A.

Dr. John Blebea is the Central Michigan University College of Medicine Surgical Discipline Chair and Professor of Surgery. Dr. Blebea is a respected and well-known vascular surgeon who most recently has served as Director of the Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program and a professor in the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University and an M.B.A. from Lake Erie College. In the past, he has also served in various faculty and leadership positions, including at Case Western Reserve-University Hospitals, Temple University College of Medicine, Hershey Medical Center and University of Cincinnati Medical Center. In 2008, Dr. Blebea was named in American College of Surgeons’ “Surgeons as Leaders.”