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Columbus Day Association honors Dean D'Alessandri

Monday, October 13, 2020

Columbus Day Association of Lackawanna County honors Dr. Robert D’Alessandri, President & Dean of The Commonwealth Medical College

Robert D’Alessandri, MD, President and Dean of The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) was named “Man of the Year” by the Columbus Day Association of Lackawanna County. Carly Fiorina, Economic Advisor to Republican Presidential Candidate John McCain spoke at the celebration on October 12 which both honored Dr. D’Alessandri and celebrated the Columbus Day Association’s centennial year.

“It is seldom that a relative newcomer to a community makes such an impact, and we are doubly pleased that it is an Italian-American,” Mr. Dominick Iezzi, President of the Association said of Dr. D’Alessandri.

“I am honored to be named “Man of the Year” by such a historic and benevolent community association. The community of Northeastern Pennsylvania has made me feel so welcome and this honor is such a wonderful example of the warm nature of the people in this region.” stated Robert D’Alessandri, MD, President and Dean of The Commonwealth Medical College.

The Commonwealth Medical College announced its preliminary accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) on October 6, 2020. The medical school that will serve all of northeastern Pennsylvania plans on recruiting students immediately. TCMC will accept sixty medical students and thirty Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) students in the fall of 2009.

“The development and success of The Commonwealth Medical College is the most important thing that has happened to northeastern Pennsylvania in 100 years!” commented Ray Angeli, President of Lackawanna College, Scranton, PA.

Dr. D’Alessandri came to TCMC after serving over eighteen years at West Virginia University, including almost fifteen years as Dean of the WVU School of Medicine. While at WVU, he was instrumental in expanding health professions programs and establishing programs in occupational medicine and public health. He was also involved in the development of the Strategic Research Plan at the WVU Health Sciences Center, a $54 million investment in biomedical research and economic development.

A graduate of New York Medical College, Dr. D’Alessandri earned his MD in 1971. He did an internship at Metropolitan Hospital in New York and was a fellow at the University of Florida, Division of Infectious Diseases. He is board certified in infectious diseases and diplomat, American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a member emeritus of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and served as chair of several committees. He was a member of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Executive Committee and Chairman in 1995-96, served on the Advisory Committee for the AHC/HASA Center for Interdisciplinary, Community-Based Learning (CICL) of the Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC) and was on the Regional Policy Board of the American Hospital Association. Dr. D’Alessandri is a specialist in infectious diseases and general medicine, is well published on a variety of subjects and has received numerous honors and awards throughout his career.

As President and Dean of The Commonwealth Medical College, Dr. D’Alessandri serves as the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Academic Officer of the College. Dr. D’Alessandri is responsible for setting priorities, institutional direction and management and the functioning of the College, as well as curriculum development and execution, the student experience, faculty recruitment and development and the execution of the research agenda. As chief spokesperson, he is responsible for all external relations of the institution.

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.