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The Commonwealth Medical College Announces Recent Board of Trustees Leadership Elections

Monday, November 23, 2020

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Scranton, PA – Robert W. Naismith, PhD, has been named Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC). Prior to this appointment, Dr. Naismith served as Founding President of the Medical Education Development Consortium and Vice Chair of TCMC’s Board of Trustees.  Mr. Louis DeNaples will assume the Vice Chair position.  Mr. Thomas Karam, Treasurer, and Linda Thomas, MD, Secretary, will continue to serve in their leadership appointments. 

“Under his leadership as a founding member of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Naismith has been instrumental in the development and focus of The Commonwealth Medical College from the very beginning,” stated Robert D’Alessandri, MD, President and Founding Dean. “In his new role as Chair of the TCMC Board of Trustees, the strength of his commitment to education, particularly his exceptional scientific background and understanding of research, will continue to advance our mission as we serve the citizens of northeastern Pennsylvania,” Dr. D‘Alessandri continued. 

Dr. Naismith serves as Chairman and CEO of Roosevelt Capital Partners, LLC. Formerly he served as Chairman and CEO of Life Science Analytics. Dr. Naismith co-founded Pharmakon Research International, Inc., a preclinical contract research organization and founded Biofor, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company where he served as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Previously he served as Chairman of the Board of the publicly traded companies, DermaSciences, Inc and the Microcap Company and privately held, Emedsecurities, Inc. and NND Biomedical Sciences PVT, LTD, India. Dr. Naismith also serves as a Director of Penn Security Bank, St. Charles Pharmaceuticals, and the Life Sciences Greenhouse of Central PA; a Trustee of the William Harvey Research Institute, London, UK; and a member of the Kania School of Management’s Advisory Board at the University of Scranton as well as Chairman of the International Advisory Board of BioAsia 2010, India. An adjunct associate professor in the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University and The Commonwealth Medical College, Dr. Naismith holds a PhD in genetics from the Pennsylvania State University.

“I am honored to accept this responsibility and appreciate the confidence placed in me by The Commonwealth Medical College’s Board of Trustees.  So much progress has been achieved to date and we look forward to continued success as we build the College to full enrollment,” said Dr. Naismith.

After several years of successful leadership as Founding Chair of The Commonwealth Medical College’s Board of Trustees and the Founding Chair of the Medical Education Development Consortium, Robert Wright, MD, will continue to serve as a member of TCMC’s Board of Trustees. “Dr. Wright has provided leadership and guidance in the development of The Commonwealth Medical College,” stated Robert D’Alessandri, MD, President and Founding Dean at TCMC. “We are profoundly grateful for this service and thank him for his many contributions to medical education in northeastern Pennsylvania and to the health care system,” Dr. D’ Alessandri continued. Dr. Wright also holds a volunteer faculty appointment at TCMC. Prior to his TCMC leadership position, Dr. Wright began the Scranton Temple Residency Program in internal medicine and directed the program for many years.
In addition to these Board appointments, TCMC Board of Trustees members include:  Denise S. Cesare, President and CEO of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania, James Hallock, MD, President Emeritus of the Educational Commission of Foreign Medical Graduates; John Moses, Attorney and former CEO of ALSAC St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; Murray Ufberg, Attorney; and Ex officio board member, Robert D’Alessandri, MD, TCMC President and Dean. 

Background Information: The Commonwealth Medical College, one of the nation’s newest medical colleges, welcomed its charter class of sixty-five medical students and Masters of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) students in August 2009. The College has campuses in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport and currently has over 113 full time employees and over 557 clinical faculty members. For the academic years of 2009 and 2010, students will use temporary facilities on the Lackawanna College campus until construction of the new TCMC Medical Sciences Building is completed in April 2011. The Commonwealth Medical College is dedicated to training the next generation of physicians and scientists 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. For information please go to www.thecommonwealthmedical.com.


TCMC has been granted degree-granting authority from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and preliminary accreditation from the Liaison Committee of Medical Education. The Commonwealth Medical Education Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).