Beth Bailey, PhD
Director, Health Services Research
Beth Bailey, PhD, joined the College of Medicine in 2019 as a Professor and the Director of Health Services Research. She has held research director positions at other medical schools including East Tennessee State University, and most recently, the University of Colorado. A developmental psychologist and statistician/epidemiologist by training, Dr. Bailey’s area of research is maternal child health, especially pregnancy substance use and rural health disparities in this population. She serves on expert panels and grant review study sections for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the March of Dimes (MOD). She is frequently invited to speak at national conferences and events and has over 100 peer reviewed publications in scientific journals. As a research director, she has mentored dozens of other researchers, and has developed additional expertise in clinical research methodology, leveraging electronic health information and surveillance data for research purposes, and research compliance. Dr. Bailey’s research on addressing tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use during pregnancy is internationally recognized, as is her work on the health and developmental effects on children of prenatal exposure to tobacco, alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, and opioids. Her work has involved both traditional clinical longitudinal studies and epidemiologic and population based efforts involving electronic health data, and state and national databases. She is currently the Principal Investigator on an NIH R01 multi-site study examining the impacts of electronic cigarette using during pregnancy. She is conducting pilot work and pursuing larger scale funding to examine specific health and developmental impacts of prenatal exposure to newer forms of marijuana and to medication assisted treatment drugs for opioid addiction. She views her research as ultimately focused on improving the health and wellbeing of women and children, especially those experiencing health disparities, living in rural areas and/or impacted by addiction.
Harold J. Bell, PhD
Assistant Dean, Foundational Sciences Education
Dr. Bell is an Associate Professor of Physiology and serves as the Assistant Dean of Foundational Sciences Education for the CMU College of Medicine. In this role, he provides leadership and oversight for the first two years our undergraduate medical education program. Dr. Bell joined the College of Medicine as one of our inaugural faculty in 2012 and was appointed Assistant Dean in 2018. A physiologist by training, he received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees at the University of Toronto, Canada. He went on to complete postdoctoral training at the University of Calgary and Penn State University (Hershey) before being appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine and Cellular and Molecular Physiology at Penn State in 2010. Dr. Bell has played an instrumental role in development and accreditation of the pre-clerkship education program, and has served as Course Director for the Cardio Pulmonary Wellness and Disease course block since the first iteration of the course in 2013. A successful educator, he is an advocate for student-centered and active learning approaches, and works to promote a safe and open environment for students to begin to develop their sense of professional identity. Dr. Bell remains actively engaged in the research community and enjoys providing students with valuable research experiences by engaging them in his ongoing research program, focused on disorders of respiratory control.
Judy S. Blebea, MD
Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development
Dr. Judy Blebea is Professor of Radiology and Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development at Central Michigan University College of Medicine. A nationally recognized radiologist and educator, Dr. Blebea has previously served as Section Chief of Musculoskeletal Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania, Section Chief at Penn State University and at the University of Cincinnati; Modality Chief and MSK fellowship program director at the University of Pennsylvania and MSK fellowship director at Penn State University. She was principally responsible for the ACGME accreditation of the University of Pennsylvania musculoskeletal radiology fellowship. Dr. Blebea has served on several national committees for the American College of Radiology, American Board of Radiology, Radiological Society of North America and the Society of Skeletal Radiology. She has received several academic and service awards and is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Dr. Blebea has multiple publications, authored several book chapters and given many presentations on a local, regional and national level. She continues to teach, mentor faculty and students and promote faculty development.
Fred Creighton, MSA
Assistant Dean, Clinical Operations
In his role, Mr. Creighton oversees the clinical operations for the College of Medicine and Central Michigan University Education Partners in Saginaw. A native of Michigan, Mr. Creighton graduated with distinction in a dual degree program from the University of Michigan and performed his graduate work at Central Michigan University. Mr. Creighton completed a post-graduate fellowship at Yale University under a former head of HCFA (aka CMS), and holds executive management certifications from the Wharton and Weatherhead Schools of Business and Management. Mr. Creighton is a fellow in both the Medical Group Management Association (FACMPE) and American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). Mr. Creighton is well published in the areas of physician group practice and operations management and has consulted and lectured both nationally and internationally.
David Forsythe, MBA
Assistant Dean, Finance
Mr. Forsythe oversees the financial activities of the College of Medicine. Prior to joining CMU, Mr. Forsythe worked in financial services in academic medical centers in Ohio and Michigan. Mr. Forsythe receive a Master of Business Administration degree in Health Administration and Finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Management from Albion College.
Georgette Russell, MSM, FACHE, PHR
Assistant Dean, Faculty and Staff Affairs
Ms. Russell is the Assistant Dean of Faculty & Staff Affairs at Central Michigan University College of Medicine. Prior to joining the University, Ms. Russell spent the last 20 years in Human Resources at various healthcare systems in the Mid-Michigan region. She hold a bachelor’s degree in communications and completed post graduate work in Colorado obtaining a Master’s of Science in Management in Human Resources Management. Ms. Russell is also a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executive (FACHE) and hold a Profession Human Resources (PHR) Certificate through the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI).
Sam Shaheen, MD
Executive Director, CMU Medical Education Partners
Dr. Shaheen is the Executive Director of CMU Medical Education Partners and Professor of Surgery at the CMU College of Medicine Department of Surgery. He earned an MD degree in 1992 from the University of Michigan School of Medicine in Ann Arbor, and performed his surgical residency at Northwestern University in Illinois. He was board certified by the American Board of Surgery in 1998 and 2007, and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Shaheen is a life-long resident of Saginaw county and is committed to building healthy and vibrant communities and improving health through medical education for the Great Lakes Bay Region and Michigan.
Assistant Dean, Healthcare Information Technology
Kurt Smith joined CMU in 2015 after spending several years as Director of Telecommunications at Michigan Technological University. Prior to working in higher education, Kurt spent several years providing IT services and consulting to clients in a variety of business verticals, including healthcare. Bringing his experiences in higher education and healthcare IT support together, Kurt now serves as CMU’s Assistant Dean of Healthcare IT, leading his team in supporting both the College of Medicine and the Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions. As a member of the Chief Information Officer’s cabinet, Kurt is the Executive Director of Medical & Clinical Applications and oversees the IT services for all CMU healthcare operations; academic, research and clinical. Always vigilant regarding the concerns of data privacy and information security, Kurt serves the University in the areas of clinical and research compliance. Kurt is the CMU HIPAA Security Officer, and he works closely with the HIPAA Privacy Office and the Chief Information Security Officer to protect health information. As a full member of CMU’s Institutional Review Board, Kurt reviews research protocols and consults with researchers with a particular focus on data security plans that will protect research participants’ personally identifiable information.
Steve Vance, MD
Associate Dean of Clinical Education
Dr. Vance joined CMU in 2011, and currently serves as Associate Dean, Clinical Education. In this role, he leads the development, implementation and operation of our third and fourth year educational program. He was instrumental in efforts to achieve LCME accreditation for the College in 2018. Dr. Vance is a Saginaw native, attended Alma College and received his Medical Doctor degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. After completing an Emergency Medicine residency in Grand Rapids, he returned to Saginaw in 2004. He has served as Program Director of the Emergency Medicine residency and Associate Dean, Academic and Clinical Technology. In 2008, he was the founding director for SYNAPSE (Synergy Medical Advanced Practicum and Simulation Environment). Under Dr. Vance’s leadership, the organization rapidly expanded its learner base and educational opportunities. Dr. Vance is past-chair of the Emergency Medicine subsection of the Society for Simulation in Medicine, and continues to guide the use of simulation-based education as a member of the simulation steering committee. Dr. Vance is an expert in the use of advanced technologies for medical education – including the development of a robust video network that enables students distributed throughout Michigan to connect virtually. He regularly speaks on e-learning and its applications nationally. Dr. Vance resides in Saginaw Township with his wife, Sara and their three children.
Mary Jo Wagner, MD
Chief Academic Officer/Designated Institution Official, CMU Medical Education Partners
Dr. Wagner is the Chief Academic Officer/Designated Institutional Official (DIO) in our CMU Medical Education Partners’ Graduate Medical Education (GME) program. Dr. Wagner is known for her leadership in medical education and faculty development. She has served as a national Accreditation Council for Graduate Medicine Education (ACGME) representative for Emergency Medicine for the Duty Hours conference, the initial EM Milestones Workgroup and now currently serves on the ACGME Residency Review Committee for EM. She is a nationally recognized speaker on GME topics. She is very active in emergency medicine including as the Past-President of the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors (CORD), honored with the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Outstanding Contributions in Education Award and CORD Academy of Scholarship Distinguished Educator. She has been Editor of the emergency medicine written examination review textbooks, the ACEP “PEER” series, for the past 15 years, as well as co-editor of 3 other textbooks.
Mildred Willy, MD
Associate Dean, Student Affairs
Dr. Mildred Willy is the Associate Dean of Student Affairs at CMU College of Medicine, appointed in May 2019 overseeing student services, career advising, wellness, and professionalism. Before her appointment, she spent her career practicing emergency medicine in the Great Lakes Bay Region and continues to practice clinically part-time. She has a strong interest in graduate medical education and was previously core faculty and an assistant program director for the emergency medicine residency program in Saginaw, Michigan. Dr. Willy received her MD from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan. She received her B.A. in Chemistry and Psychology from Indiana University, Bloomington. Dr. Willy has a strong commitment to continuous learning for physicians and has served on both national and regional education committees. She is excited to contribute to CMU’s rural mission, which addresses the physician shortage in our area.