Kenneth S. Landreth, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Cell Biology recently announced that he will be retiring and stepping down as chair of the Curriculum Committee for the M.D. program and as course director for Immunity, Infection and Disease (MICR 801). Dr. Landreth is a long-standing faculty member and has been involved in educating future generations of healthcare professionals for the last 30 years. Landreth’s research efforts focused on better understanding the regulation of bone marrow cell production and the response of bone marrow to chronic inflammatory disease such as asthma. 

“Dr. Landreth’s educational leadership was instrumental in our accreditation review for the medical degree program, which was a great success and led to a full eight-year cycle,” said Scott Cottrell, Ed.D., associate dean for student services and curriculum. “He will certainly be missed.”

Alvin H. “Woody” Moss, M.D., professor and section chief in the Department of Medicine and director of the Center for Health Ethics and Law, recently announced that he will be stepping down as coordinator of the Health Care Ethics (CCMD 785) course in the M.D. program. Dr. Moss has served as the Ethics course coordinator for many years. He will remain on faculty and will continue to treat patients. He specializes in end-of-life decision-making and palliative care.

“Dr. Moss was never satisfied with the quality of his course, even though it was consistently ranked by medical students as exceptional,” said Dr. Cottrell. "His commitment and passion to continually improve his course for the benefit of student learning was remarkable. He is a model educator.” 

“Both of these faculty members will leave indelible marks on our curriculum and generations of our physician graduates,” said Norman Ferrari, M.D., vice dean for education and academic affairs and chair of the WVU Department of Medical Education. “We will miss their leadership, but both of them have mentored colleagues to assume the administrative duties of managing these courses so critical to the formation of our graduates.”