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Keith Shenberger, MD named Associate Dean for Regional Campus Development (Williamsport)

Wednesday, May 21, 2020

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The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC)* announces the appointment of Dr. Keith Shenberger as Associate Dean for Regional Campus Development for the Williamsport Campus. “In 2009, when the College opens, students will have educational experiences in the Williamsport region. Dr. Shenberger will work with Susquehanna Health and other health care organizations in the region to make sure the students receive a high quality educational experience. ” stated President and Dean, Robert D’Alessandri, MD. The Williamsport Region includes Bradford, Tioga, Lycoming and Clinton Counties.

“Dr. Shenberger will play a key role in establishing and developing our Williamsport campus. He will help us identify faculty from the Williamsport region who will teach our students. He will also work with citizens in the Williamsport region to identify community experiences for students so they see what practicing medicine in these communities might be like. That will integrate the students into the community and may lead them to stay and practice there after completion of their studies. ” Paul Katz, MD, Vice-Dean for Faculty and Clinical Affairs commented. “Throughout his years of taking care of patients, Dr. Shenberger has shown his commitment to improving the health of the citizens of northeastern and northcentral Pennsylvania. We are honored that he has accepted this leadership role.”

“I welcome the chance to work together with health professionals in the region. This true collaborative effort will enhance student’s real world experience and better prepare them to serve.” stated Dr. Shenberger. Dr. Shenberger earned his MD degree from Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, New Hampshire and completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Reading Hospital in Pennsylvania. In addition, Dr. Shenberger completed a Rheumatology Fellowship at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, New Hampshire. He is Board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. He has served the area as President of the Medical Staff at Susquehanna Health as well as Vice-Chairman and later Chairman of the Department of Medicine. Other key leadership positions include Vice Chairman, Department of Medicine at The Williamsport Hospital & Medical Center and currently, Medical Director of Susquehanna Health Arthritis Center. Dr. Shenberger will continue to see patients at his rheumatology practice in Williamsport.

The Commonwealth Medical College is a proposed, new medical school that will serve all of northeastern Pennsylvania and expects to accept sixty medical 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.