You’re Invited: College of Medicine Dean - Candidate Presentation

The next dean of the NEOMED College of Medicine will have the opportunity to significantly impact the region's local health care needs and influence the next generation of health care professionals and leaders in the region and beyond.

In seeking the right person to fill this vital role, the University wants faculty, staff, students and community members to be present and engaged at each candidate’s presentation.

The 45-minute sessions will conclude with opportunities for questions. Attendees are invited to send feedback on candidates to the search firm WittKeiffer at the links provided.

Candidates will be onsite to present their vision of the College of Medicine dean's role.

The first candidate will present in Watanakunakorn Auditorium:

Monday, Oct. 24 – noon to 1 p.m.

Professor and Chair of Family and Community Medicine
Northeast Ohio Medical University

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John M. Boltri, M.D., is professor and chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at NEOMED. A graduate of the Ohio State University, he completed residency at Summa, Akron City Hospital, and completed a fellowship in academic medicine that focused on teaching, research and leadership-skill development. He spent five years in private practice and 15 years as a faculty member at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, before becoming chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences at Wayne State University in Detroit in 2011. In 2014, he joined NEOMED as chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine, and he has received multiple awards for his accomplishments. During his tenure at NEOMED, Dr. Boltri has led teams that implemented a number of highly successful, innovative programs such as the Student-Run Free Clinic, the Rural Medicine Student Pathway, the Accelerated Family Medicine Track and the Social Justice Pathway. Dr. Boltri’s leadership has been recognized with the NEOMED College of Medicine Dean’s Leadership Award and the University’s Olsen Blair Award for outstanding administrative leadership.

Dr. Boltri has served as director or principal investigator for three major projects: an NIH-funded, five-year, church-based diabetes prevention and translation study that included 44 African American churches in two states (2008-2013), a large Medicaid-funded community health worker training grant (2014-2017) focused on improving health for underserved communities in Ohio, and most recently an HRSA-funded project (2016-2021) to enhance primary care training with a focus on rural and underserved health care. Dr. Boltri has been recognized nationally for his expertise in the field of diabetes, having served as the American Academy of Family Physicians Liaison to the National Diabetes Education Program Coordinating Committee Strategic Directions Group. He was subsequently chosen to serve on the National Clinical Care Commission, where he worked to provide advice to Congress and the Secretary of Health on diabetes treatment and prevention. Dr. Boltri has a great passion for research, education and service, and he is delighted to be invited to interview for the position of dean of the College of Medicine at NEOMED.

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