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Gerald Tracy, MD, named Associate Dean for Regional Campus Development (Scranton)

Friday, May 23, 2020

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The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC)* has announced that Gerald P. Tracy, MD will be the Associate Dean for Regional Campus Development for the Scranton campus. The Scranton Region includes Lackawanna, Wyoming, Wayne, Susquehanna, Monroe and Pike Counties.

“Dr. Tracy’s instinctive leadership skills and experience will be effective in enhancing the collaboration of the College with health professionals in the region to ensure the students receive quality educational experience. He will play a key role on the Scranton campus in welcoming and integrating the students into the community. This is a critically important position for our future students and their education.” stated President and Dean, Robert D’Alessandri, MD.

“Dr. Tracy is an accomplished physician and we are honored to have him join our team. A native of northeastern Pennsylvania, Dr. Tracy will be able to highlight the distinctive community experience for the students that will assistant them in their commitment to the region.” Paul Katz, MD, Vice-Dean for Faculty and Clinical Affairs commented.

Dr. Tracy received his MD degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and completed his Internal Medicine Residency at State University of New York, Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York.

He retired in 2004 from Mercy Hospital, Scranton, Pennsylvania, where he served as the Director of Cardiovascular Diseases for 22 years. Dr. Tracy also previously served as the President of Medical Staff at Mercy Hospital, President of the Keystone Chapter of the American Heart Association, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the University of Scranton and was a founding partner of Great Valley Cardiology.

Dr. Tracy has been published in a number of academic journals, including American Heart Journal, Pennsylvania Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association.

In addition to his many leadership roles, Dr. Tracy also has received many awards of distinction. He has been the recipient of the Frank O’Hara Award for Distinguished Achievements in Medicine from the University of Scranton, the Charles Bost Scranton-Temple Residence Program Award, the Greater Pittston Friendly Sons of St. Patrick “Man of the Year” Award and was presented with an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Scranton.

“This is an exciting opportunity for me to be a part of a collaboration that may lead to many of these students staying in this region and serving the communities they worked in during their educational experience.” stated Dr. Tracy.

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.