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Promotions to Professor at Wake Forest University School of Medicine Announced

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The following individuals have been promoted from associate professor to professor at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

Ronny Bell, Ph.D., public health sciences, received his undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed his graduate degree at Wake Forest University and received his doctorate at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Mark C. Chappell, Ph.D., surgical sciences, received his undergraduate degree from American University. He completed his doctorate at Cleveland State University.

Kenneth E. Ekstrand, Ph.D., radiation oncology, earned his undergraduate degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He completed a doctorate degree at Cornell University and is board certified by the American Board of Radiology.

Scott E. Hemby, Ph.D., physiology and pharmacology, earned his undergraduate degree at Barton College and his master’s from Emory University. He received his doctorate from Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He was a post doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.

Nancy D. Kock, D.V.M., Ph.D, comparative medicine, earned her undergraduate degree from the University of California and her graduate degree from the University of the Pacific. She completed her doctorate and a fellowship at the University of California at Davis.

Claudine Legault, Ph.D., biostatistical sciences, completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Quebec, Montreal. She earned her doctorate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Glenn J. Lesser, M.D., hematology and oncology, received his graduate degree from Pennsylvania State University. He completed a residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, where he was chief resident his last year. He also completed a fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Thomas A. Nakagawa, M.D., pediatric anesthesiology and critical care, received his medical degree from Texas Tech University School of Medicine. He completed a residency at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital and completed a fellowship at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care.

Medge D. Owen, M.D., obstetrical anesthesiology, received her medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She completed her residency and fellowship at the University of Missouri Kansas City St. Luke’s Hospital. She is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology.

Griffith D. Parks, Ph.D., microbiology and immunology, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado. He completed his doctorate at the University of Wisconsin.

Beth A. Reboussin, Ph.D., biostatistical sciences, earned her undergraduate degree from Loyola University and her doctorate from John Hopkins University.
Peter Santago II, Ph.D., biomedical engineering, earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Virginia Tech. He received his doctorate at North Carolina State University.

Tony W. Simmons, M.D., cardiology, earned his medical degree from the Case Western Reserve University. He completed a residency at Mt. Sinai Medical Center and a fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology.

Robert S. Weller, M.D., regional anesthesiology and acute pain management, received his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School. He completed a residency at Hartford Hospital and a fellowship at the Virginia Mason Clinic and the Children’s Hospital National Medical Center. He is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology.

Jeff D. Williamson, M.D., M.H.S., geriatrics and gerontology, received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and his masters of health sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the University of Maryland Hospital. He completed his fellowship in geriatric medicine at John Hopkins Medical Institutions and a fellowship in epidemiology at John Hopkins University School of Public Health. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, internal medicine and geriatric medicine.

Siqun L. Zheng, M.D., internal medicine, earned her post doctorate degree from Johns Hopkins University and her medical degree from Shanghai Medical University. She did her postdoctoral training at the National Institute of Health Services Management, Tokyo. Her fellowship was completed at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

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Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center is an academic health system comprised of North Carolina Baptist Hospital and Wake Forest University Health Sciences, which operates the university’s School of Medicine. U.S. News & World Report ranks Wake Forest University School of Medicine 18th in primary care and 44th in research among the nation's medical schools. It ranks 35th in research funding by the National Institutes of Health. Almost 150 members of the medical school faculty are listed in Best Doctors in America.

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