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Richard English, MD, Associate Dean named for Regional Campus Development (Wilkes-Barre)

Friday, May 23, 2020

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The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC)*, has announced that Richard B. English, MD, MHA, has been named the Associate Dean for Regional Campus Development for the Wilkes-Barre campus. “Dr. English will collaborate with other health professionals in the region to ensure the students receive a quality educational and community experience on the Wilkes-Barre campus. This is a critically important position for our future students and their education.” stated President and Dean, Robert D’Alessandri, MD. The Wilkes-Barre region includes Luzerne, Columbia, Montour, Sullivan, Schuylkill and Carbon Counties.

“Dr. English will play an essential role in integrating students with the community and supporting them in committing to their residencies. This will give the students an opportunity to get an idea of what practicing medicine in that area would be like. It will also give them a connection to the community that may lead them to stay and practice there after graduation.” Paul Katz, MD, Vice-Dean for Faculty and Clinical Affairs commented. “Dr. English has been a respected family physician and educator in Pennsylvania for nearly thirty years. His expertise with this region will be a great asset to the development of the Wilkes-Barre campus.”

He currently serves as the Program Director of the Wyoming Valley Family Practice Residency Program of United Health and Hospital Services, Inc., affiliated with the Wyoming Valley Health

Care System. He is also a former Chairman of the Family Practice Department at Wyoming Valley Health Care System, Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Dr. English is a board-certified specialist in Family Medicine. He received his MD degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA and an MA from Kings College, Wilkes-Barre, PA. He completed his residency at United Health and Hospital Services Family Practice Residency program in Kingston, PA.

“I am excited to collaborate with health professionals in this region. The partnerships we will create will strengthen the experience of our students.” stated Dr. English.

The Commonwealth Medical College is a proposed, new medical school that will serve all of northeastern Pennsylvania and expects to accept sixty medical students and thirty Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) students in 2009. The College will have campuses in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport. The Commonwealth Medical College is dedicated to training the next generation of physicians in a community-based model. Focusing on selecting students with a propensity for community service, the school’s unique structure is designed to provide these students with diverse clinical experiences from the very first day of their education. The Commonwealth Medical College has just completed its applications for degree-granting authority from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and for accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. For more information, go to

* This school is proposed and in the development phase. We are in the process of seeking degree-granting authority from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and accreditation from the Liaison Committee of Medical Education.