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Paul Katz, MD, Leading Medical Educator, Joins The Commonwealth Medical College As Vice Dean for Faculty and Clinical Affairs

Wednesday, May 21, 2020

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The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC)* has tapped Paul Katz, MD, to serve as its Vice Dean for Faculty and Clinical Affairs. Dr. Katz’s career in academic medicine spans more than 27 years. He comes to The Commonwealth Medical College most recently from Mount Sinai Medical Center & Miami Heart Institute in Miami Beach, Florida, where he was Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer. In addition, he was Professor of Medicine at the University of Miami School of Medicine. Prior to his positions in Miami, Dr. Katz served as Chair of Internal Medicine at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

“Recruiting Paul Katz gives us a tremendous asset,” said Robert D’Alessandri, MD, President and Dean of TCMC. “He is an excellent clinician, a successful researcher and a passionate educator. I am delighted we could attract someone of his enthusiasm and knowledge to help build the school. His ideas and knowledge will help shape every aspect of our future.”

After earning his MD degree from Georgetown University, Dr. Katz completed a residency at the University of Florida, then went on to serve as a Clinical Associate and Medical Officer at the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health. He returned to the University of Florida for three years where he was Assistant Professor of Medicine and Immunology and Medical Microbiology.

Dr. Katz then went to Georgetown University School of Medicine where he had a long tenure, holding positions that included Chairman of the Department of Medicine and Chief Operating Officer.

At The Commonwealth Medical College, Dr. Katz will have primary responsibility for the clinical education process, selection of faculty, faculty development and development of the regional campuses in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport. “This is an exciting opportunity for me to help shape medical education. Building a new medical school from the ground up is a once in a lifetime opportunity.” Dr. Katz said.

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 www.thecommonwealthmedical.com.

* 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.