School of Medicine names 2006 graduate Chih Chuang, M.D., director of Global Health and Education Office
Chih Chuang, M.D.
Wayne State University School of Medicine Class of 2006 graduate Chih Chuang, M.D., has been named director of the school’s Office of Global Health and Education. “I am extremely grateful for this opportunity to give back to the school that helped me become who I am today,” he said.
Dr. Chuang, assistant professor in the Department of Student and Academic Programs, will lead the school’s initiative on the development of a School of Medicine Global Health program. “I hope to develop strong partnerships with universities abroad to foster student and faculty exchanges and educational and research opportunities,” he said.
Dr. Chuang also plans to develop a Global Health track as a longitudinal curriculum, possibly as part of the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences’ Master of Public Health program, he said.
School of Medicine students have the opportunity to travel abroad for public health and clinical experiences in Kenya, Guatemala, Panama and elsewhere. “This position is important to oversee and create a structure for our students to assure quality and safety and to develop research opportunities,” said Dr. Chuang, who has served as a physician advisor on a number of such missions conducted by the World Health Student Organization at WSU.
He completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, serving as chief resident in his fifth year. He graduated from a one-year Palliative Care and Hospice fellowship at the Detroit Medical Center in June. He will continue clinical work at the Detroit Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital of Michigan and the John D. Dingell Veteran Affairs Medical Center, and also will assist in the School of Medicine’s Physical Diagnosis course.
“I want to be a resource for all students. As a young faculty member I hope to bring a different perspective as someone who has more recently gone through the medical education experience,” he said.
As a student, Dr. Chuang earned the 2006 Gold Humanism Honor Society’s Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. He was named Resident Teacher of the Year, and received the Excellence in Teaching Award.“It is with much enthusiasm that we welcome Dr. Chuang to our team and look forward to his ideas as we move our global health initiatives forward,” said Lisa MacLean, M.D., assistant dean of Student Affairs and Career Development.