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WINTER2015COMMUNIQU13RichardNeubigslabandcametoMSUwithhimasaseniorresearchassociateinJuly2013whenheassumedthechairpersonspositionatMSU.InDecember2014shewaspromotedtoassistantprofessor.PHYSICALMEDICINEANDREHABILITATIONRaniGebaraD.O.M.S.a2010MSUCOMalumnusjoinedtheMSUPMRstaffasanassistantprofessorandattendingphysicianinJuly2014.HecompletedhisresidencyinthedepartmentatSparrowHospital.Hespecializesintraumaticbraininjuryandelectromyographyaswellasgeneralphysiatry.HedidhisundergraduateworkandgraduatestudiesinbiomedicalengineeringatWayneStateUniversityandworkedasanengineeratWilliamBeaumontHospital.MathewSaffarianD.O.whoisdoingatwo-yearfellowshipininterventionalspineelectromyographyandsportsmedicinehasbeenappointedassistantprofessorintheDepartmentofPMR.A2010MSUCOMalumnushecompletedaPMRresidencyatMSUandservedasachiefresident.PHYSIOLOGYKurtHankensonD.V.M.Ph.D.comestousfromtheUniversityofPennsylvaniawherehewasanassociateprofessorandDeanW.RichardsonChairforEquineDiseaseResearch.HeisappointedasassociateprofessorofphysiologywithanadjunctappointmentinOsteopathicSurgicalSpecialties.HealsoholdsapositionintheDepartmentofSmallAnimalClinicalSciencesandistheassociatedirectoroftheLaboratoryforComparativeOrthopaedicResearch.Hisresearchisfocusedonboneregeneration.HiswifeFionaHankensonhasbeennamedUniversityAttendingVeterinarian.RADIOLOGYChunqiQianPh.D.joinedtheradiologydepartmentasanassistantprofessorinDecember2014.WithaPh.D.fromtheUniversityofCalifornia-BerkeleyhedidhispostdocsintheNationalHighMagneticFieldLaboratoryandtheNationalInstitutesofHealth.Hisspecialtyisthedevelopmentofadvancedmagneticresonancedetectiontechnologyforbothpreclinicalresearchandclinicalapplications.KrishnaPerniM.D.aboard-certieddiagnosticradiologistworkingatMSUsMagneticResonanceImagingClinicwasappointedasanassistantprofessorofradiologyinJuly2014.HetookhisfellowshipinneuroradiologyattheUniversityofMichiganhisresidencyatWilliamBeaumontHospitalinRoyalOakandreceivedhisM.D.fromtheUniversityofMichiganmedicalschoolandhisundergraduatedegreefromStanfordUniversity.RaniGebaraMathewSaffarianKurtHankensonChunqiQianKrishnaPerniMOAMICHIGANOSTEOPATHICASSOCIATIONContinueMOAslegacyofgivingbyKristopherThomasNicholoffCEOandexecutivedirectorMichiganOsteopathicAssociationBudgetconcernsaffecteveryone.Itishardtondasectororindustrythatisnotfacingtoughdecisionsandexaminingfundingsources.TheMichiganStateUniversityCollegeofOsteopathicMedicineisnodifferent.UndertheuniversityscurrentcapitalcampaignEmpowerExtraordinaryMSUCOMisworkingtoraise21million.Whilethecampaignwillincludeendowmentsandexpendablefundsthisgoalcanonlybereachedwithincreasedprivatedonations.ThelevelofexcellenceMSUCOMhasachievedineducationresearchandinternationaloutreachcouldonlyhavebeenaccomplishedwithawonderfulcommunityofdonors.ThelegacyofdonorsrunsdeepwithMSUCOM.InmyroleasexecutivedirectoroftheMichiganOsteopathicAssociationIamfortunatetowitnessthegenerosityofourmembersandthemanywaysD.O.sgivebacktotheircommunities.SupportingthecurrentcapitalcampaignisawonderfulwaynotonlytoprovidemuchneededfundsbuttobeanactivepartoftheMSUCOMcommunity.TheMOApromotesthisengagementandwearedelightedtoseetheonce-studentsnow-practicingphysicianscomingbackfullcircle.Theresultsofthesetypesofcampaignsaretangible.Youcanseetheresultsinthesuccessofthecollegeandthesuccessofthephysicianswhoprovidehealthcaretothecommunitieswelivein.Capitalcampaignsareauniqueformoffundraisingthatleadstoauniquerelationshipforthedonor.Itisaninvestmentthatismorethanjustdollars.Itsanemotionalinvestmentinthefutureandformsabondbetweenthedonorandthecollege.MOA