MED Representatives 2013-2014

On April 27, 2013, a broadcast email was sent to Faculty Assembly members of the School of Medicine to solicit nominations for MED faculty representatives before the Faculty Council.

The following nine (9) faculty have volunteered to represent the School of Medicine before the Faculty Council for the 2013-2015 term.


Marilyn Augustyn, Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Having passed my twentieth year as a faculty member at Boston University School of Medicine, I feel it is time to “give back” for what BU has afforded me the opportunity to do. I joined the faculty as a clinical instructor when I came to Boston City Hospital as a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric fellow in 1992. I moved here following my residency at UCLA in Pediatrics which followed a relocation from Chicago where I grew up and attended medical school at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine and engineering at Northwestern University. Thus I have attended and learned from many major universities yet BU is the one I call “home”.

During my time here I have had amazing opportunities: I participated in NIH funded research with Professor Deborah Frank on the impact of in utero cocaine, a longitudinal study which is ongoing with new adult colleagues and havebegun my own research on the impact of Family Navigation in supporting families of children with autism. I have taught in and directed a fellowship training program in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics and I have cared for wonderful children and families at both BCH and Boston Medical Center.

For me, what distinguishes Boston University is its “grit”-firmness of mind or spirit. It is a place where students and faculty are tested and succeed. Where we are challenged continually to think outside the box, to innovate and create and to do so with passion.

I am honored to participate in the Faculty Council and maintain this tradition.


Kazem Azadzoi, Professor of Urology and Pathology

I have extensive experience in academic administrative policies, committee services, and scientific merit review boards as described in the link below to BUMC faculty profiles. After obtaining a MD degree in medicine and completion of internship, I obtained a Master degree in Physiology from Boston University then devoted my entire professional career to medical research. As the director of urology research and PI or co-Investigator on several NIH-, VA- and industry-funded projects, I had the opportunity to interact with numerous faculty, clinicians, researchers, medical students, graduate students and administrators at Boston University, VA Boston Healthcare System and other national and international institutions. I have made significant contributions to the scientific community and gained sufficient experience to assess academic progress and the needs for professional development.


James Hamilton, Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, Research Professor of Medicine, Department of Biophysics and Physiology

I have served on the Faculty Council for one term as a representative after serving as an alternate, and have volunteered to run for a 2-year term as representative. I consider the Faculty Council as an important link between the administration and the faculty that has gained influence and value with President Brown’s administration. While it consumes a significant amount of time, I attend almost all meetings as well as many University Council and faculty Assembly meetings. Most recently, I served on the Nominations Committee, which assembles the slate of nominees for all open Faculty Council Chairpersonships. I will volunteer to run a chair of a committee if re-elected.

I am especially interested in further development in faculty-administration interactions, enhancing collegial communications among faculty and between faculty and departmental administrators, and fostering connections between the Medical School and the Charles River campus. Although much has been discussed, much remains to be done. I strongly feel that too many degrees of separation still exits and strong voices are needed from the Medical campus. I am involved in collaborative research with faculty of the CRC and have mentored several undergraduate students from BME and Biology in our MRI center. Finally, I am keenly tuned to minority issues and supportive of the recent advances made by the faculty council, and suggested ways to actually move issues forward that have been under continuous discussion.


Scharukh Jalisi, Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology

I am a graduate of the Seven Year BA/ MD program at Boston University. I then completed my training otolaryngology- head and neck surgery at Boston University. I pursued a fellowship in Advanced Head and Neck Surgical Oncology, Skullbase surgery and Microvascular surgery at Vanderbilt University. I was then recruited back to build the head and neck surgical oncology program at Boston University in 2005. Currently I serve as the Director of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Skullbase Surgery at Boston University Medical Campus. I have established a head and neck surgical oncology fellowship at BU and train numerous residents every year. My research interests focus on outcomes and economics of head and neck surgical oncology. I currently serve as the President of the Massachusetts Society of Otolaryngology and have worked on the state and national level to preserve the interests of patients and physicians. Clinically I have been declared best of Boston Otolaryngologist since 2010 and more recently Top Doctor in USA in 2012. I also serve on the admissions committee for the Seven Year BA/MD program and Credentials committee at Boston Medical Center.

I am pleased to serve on the Faculty Council to represent the medical faculty in multitude of issues facing our faculty today. I believe that unless the medical faculty gets involved in the running of the University we cannot get our issues addressed at a greater level. I have worked in multiple situations to advocate for my constituents with my work involving the Massachusetts Society of Otolaryngology. One of the prime issues facing our medical school faculty is promotions criteria and we need to bring our issues to the main university campus.


Rachel Levy-Bell, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Graduate Medical Sciences at Boston University School of Medicine.

I am the Assistant Program Director and for 11 years has been the Director of Clinical Training for the Master’s Degree Program in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine Program. I also have a scholarly and clinical interest in HIV/AIDS and currently serve as Key Investigator and Clinical Supervisor for an NIH supported HIV prevention study for the seriously and persistently mentally ill at Boston Medical Center.

In addition to HIV/AIDS my scholarly and clinical interests include emergency preparedness and managing difficult student issues. I am a current member of the Behavioral Health Response Team at the Medical Campus, which is charged with managing crises at the BUSM.

I have served on the Faculty Council for the last year as a Medical Campus alternate member and has been an active member of the Equity & Inclusion Committee. I have enjoyed my work on this committee advocating for clinical and teaching faculty at Boston University for the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty. I was an active member of the Medical Campus Taskforce on Diversity Development where I advocated for many of these issues. I am very pleased to continue serving as a member of the Faculty Council and believe my unique skills and perspective will add needed diversity to the Faculty Council.


Gwynneth D. Offner, Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Section of Gastroenterology.

I am Director of the M.A. in Medical Sciences Program and Assistant Dean for Admissions at BUSM. My primary focus is teaching, advising and mentoring students; I teach in the Biochemistry courses for both graduate and medical students and am Director of the Biochemistry course for M.A. in Medical Sciences students. I have also maintained an NIH-funded research program for more than 25 years. My research centers on the structure and biological functions of mucin glycoproteins which serve as part of the non-immune host defense system. I received my Ph.D. in Biochemistry from BU School of Medicine and have been on the faculty here since 1986. I am interested in developing innovative educational programs and integrating new technologies into graduate and medical curricula. I have served as an Alternate member of the Faculty Council and am honored to continue to serve as a MED representative.


Hee-Young Park, Ph.D.

I have been a member of the Boston University School of Medicine community for over two decades, first as a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Biochemistry, and then as a faculty member and administrator. I am a Professor of Dermatology, Research Associate Professor of Biochemistry, and the Assistant Dean for the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences.

In my role as faculty member, I am a researcher, scholar, and educator. I have taught both medical and dental students on the BU Medical Campus. I also have a decade of experience advising postdoctoral fellows, doctoral and master’s graduate students, and medical students. Throughout my tenure, I have taken on administrative responsibilities in addition to my faculty role, allowing me to develop a broad understanding of the culture on the Medical Campus from both perspectives. I have served on various committees, some of which I am still a member, including: the BUSM Admissions Committee, the Dermatology Residency Screening and Interview Committee, the GMS Bylaws Committee, the GMS Evaluation Committee, the BU Medical Campus Mental Health Task Force, and the GMS Committee on Committees, where I serve as co-chair. I also oversee GMS Admissions, which I started when I became the Assistant Dean. Within GMS, I support the Academic Policy Committee and have assisted faculty with their submissions for new courses and programs, as well as curriculum and programmatic changes.

My experience both as faculty and administrator puts me in a position to understand issues that faculty face in varying roles across Boston University. I am honored to serve you on the BU Faculty Council.


Nader Rahimi, Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

After completing my postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School I joined Boston University Medical Campus in 1999 as Assistant Professor of Department of Ophthalmology with a joint appointment with the Department of Biochemistry. The main focus of my research is understanding the molecular mechanisms by which posttranslational modifications on the angiogenic receptors such as VEGFR-1 and VEGFR-2 control pathological angiogenesis, and how disruption in these posttranslational modifications in pathological conditions such as hypoxia or anti-angiogenesis drugs-associated resistance contribute to aberrant pathological angiogenesis. Our laboratory has been at the forefront of studying how posttranslational modifications such as phosphorylation, methylation and ubiquitination pathways on VEGF receptors are transduced, and how these events govern the diverse angiogenic function of VEGF receptors. Ultimately, our goal is to determine how inappropriate regulation of these posttranslational modification systems contributes to angiogenesis-associated diseases such age-related macular degeneration and cancer. This understanding may lead to the identification of novel anti-angiogenesis targets for drug development and therapy, as well as possible biomarkers.

Aside from my research interest, I have always been interested in education, mentoring and policy issues surrounding research and education. I have trained over twenty students and postdoctoral fellows in my laboratory. As director of research in the department Ophthalmology (2002-2004) I significantly contributed to the restructuring the research directions and educational elements of the department. Since joining Boston University I have also been involved in teaching in various Biochemistry and Molecular Biology courses of the Department of Biochemistry and CMB program. Needless to say that since its inception of CMB program I have worked closely with CMB program in various capacities and I was a member of the admission, advising and the executive CMB committees. I joined the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in 2005 as Associate Professor and since 2008 I am director of graduate studies of the Department of Pathology. I am also a member of the qualifying exam committee of the Department of Pathology and the Molecular Medicine. In 2001 I have developed my own course (GMS-PA801) “Protein modification in human health and disease”, a unique course that teaches students the pathobiology of human diseases from the perspective of posttranslational modifications. I have also served in the FIBS I and FIBS II curriculum committees as a member and have played an active role in the development of FIBS courses. I have been also organizing a bi-weekly journal club for Pathology students for the last two years


Ann Zumwalt, Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology

I am an Assistant Professor in Anatomy and Neurobiology with a strong interest in the practice and science of teaching and learning. I run an active lab in which I study questions that bridge educational questions with what we know about the neurobiology of learning. I am the Director for the Medical Gross Anatomy course in the School of Medicine and also teach numerous clinical anatomy interventions in the clinical years of the medical school curriculum.

I have represented the Medical Campus to the Faculty Council for the last two years. I am also an active member of the medical school’s Committee on Faculty Affairs, and was recently selected to be one of the two BUSM representatives to the AAMC Council of Faculty and Academic Societies. In these roles I have become familiar with the factors that influence job productivity and satisfaction for faculty in many different roles in the School of Medicine. For these reasons, I am glad to continue to represent the School of Medicine on the BU Faculty Council.