Grzeszak, Nassar Receive MSUCOM Recognitions
Last month, MSUCOM recognized two outstanding alumni for their contributions to the osteopathic profession.
Joanne Marie Grzeszak
Dean’s Award for Meritorious Contribution
With exceptional service to her community, her profession and her alma mater, Joanne Grzeszak, a 1976 MSUCOM alumna, exemplifies a positive attitude and commitment that permeates all she accomplishes. A family physician, she was a member of the Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians board for nine years and was its president. A private practitioner in West Michigan since 1981, she has served on the board of directors of the Kent County Osteopathic Association for 20 years, and also served as its president.
At Metro Health Hospital in Grand Rapids, she has served as secretary and chairman of the Department of Family Practice, a member of the Executive Committee, and secretary/treasurer of the staff. Grzeszak also worked as a staff physician at MSU’s Olin Health Center from 1977-79, and as an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at MSUCOM from 1979-1981.
When MSUCOM alumni gather, Dr. Grzeszak is almost always present. Her support has extended to two terms, 30 years apart, as a member of the MSUCOM Alumni Association board. She teaches our students as a clinical associate professor of family and community medicine.
Alumnus of the Year Award
Beginning with no fewer than 10 varsity letters in high school, Dr. Larry Nassar has been involved with sport and healthcare for athletes his entire adult life, serving since 1996 as the USA Gymnastics’ National Team Physician, and since 1986 as part of its medical staff. As such he is responsible to coordinate the teams’ medical care at every national and international competition, including the Olympics.
A 1993 graduate of MSUCOM, Dr. Nassar is an associate professor in MSU’s Division of Sports Medicine, Department of Radiology, and teaches sports medicine and physical exam skills to our osteopathic students. A strong advocate of osteopathic manipulative medicine, he employs these skills in his practice at the MSU Sports Medicine Clinic, as team physician for MSU’s women’s gymnastics and women’s crew, and as team physician for Gedderts’ Twistars Gymnastics Club and Holt High School.
A certified athletic trainer for 20 years, he has been appointed by the governor to the Michigan Board of Athletic Trainers, which oversees their practice and licensure in the state. He holds a patent on a brace for gymnasts with syndesmotic ankle sprains, and has received many awards, including six-time recognition as the United States Women’s Gymnastics Elite Coaches Association National Contributor of the Year.