Clay Marsh, M.D., vice president and executive dean for WVU Health Sciences, has made the following appointments in his role as the dean of the School of Medicine:

  • Jeffrey Coben, M.D., has been named vice dean for operations, in addition to his role as associate vice president for clinical innovations, planning and operations for the HSC. Dr. Coben will be responsible for all internal operations functions within the School, provide direction in the strategic planning process and represent the School when the dean is unavailable. Coben is also the director of the WVU Injury Control Research Center and professor in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health.

  • Laura F. Gibson, Ph.D., has been named associate dean for research, in addition to her role as senior associate vice president for health sciences research and graduate education. Dr. Gibson will provide leadership for research and graduate education within the School and serve as the liaison for research activities with the University. She also serves as the deputy director of the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, and is the Alexander B. Osborn Distinguished Professor of Hematological Malignancies in the School of Medicine.

  • Mary Beth Mandich, P.T., Ph.D., has been named vice dean for professional programs. Dr. Mandich will provide leadership in all administrative and educational facets for the allied and other health-related professions in the School. Among her key responsibilities will be development of WVU’s planned physician assistant and health informatics programs. She will continue to serve as chair of the Department of Physical Therapy.

“I want to thank each of these faculty leaders for adding to their list of responsibilities for the School,” said Dr. Marsh. “As long-standing members of the WVU School of Medicine family, they understand our tradition of excellence, our commitment to students and to the people of West Virginia, and our goals for the future. Our School is in good hands with this group in the lead.”

In addition to these new appointments, Karyn Wallace is now serving as part-time administrator within the Dean’s Office, coordinating activities with departmental administrators across the School, and assisting with other responsibilities previously managed by Sarah Woodrum.