Marshall Named Shapiro Medical School Dean

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Joseph Shapiro (MU Photo)
Joseph Shapiro (MU Photo)
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.– Dr. Joseph I. Shapiro, a nephrologist with more than 30 years of clinical and teaching experience, has accepted the position of dean of the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine effective July 1, Marshall President Dr. Stephen J. Kopp announced today.

Shapiro currently serves as associate dean for business development and chair of the department of medicine at the University of Toledo College of Medicine in Toledo, Ohio. Shapiro was chosen through a nationwide search that started last summer, Kopp said.

Shapiro succeeds Dr. Robert C. Nerhood, who has been serving as interim dean following former dean Dr. Charles H. McKown’s appointment to vice president for health sciences advancement last summer.  Nerhood will continue to serve in his interim role while Shapiro makes the transition to full time at Marshall. He will be the fifth dean since the School of Medicine was established under the Teague-Cranston Act adopted by Congress in the mid-1970s. 

Kopp said he and search committee members believe Dr. Shapiro is the right match for the medical school, and for the entire region.

“The School of Medicine at Marshall University has a rich history of educating the doctors our community needs the most,” Kopp said. “Dr. Shapiro has been described by references as the epitome of academic medicine. He is a dedicated researcher, a consummate clinician, an exceptional teacher and a highly capable administrator. He brings to Marshall an impressive business acumen, a tremendous wealth of research knowledge and an impressive professional and clinical experience base. More than anything else, however, we believe he embraces the ideals that distinguish our School of Medicine, and he knows the direction we must take to continue to build on the great tradition and proud heritage at Marshall.

“He and his wife, Mary, will be truly great additions to the greater Huntington community and we’re eager for them to join us.” 

Nerhood said he is delighted Shapiro has accepted the position.

After my first interaction with him, I was convinced that he was the person for the job,” Nerhood said. “His broad background in all aspects of medical education, medical research and clinical care have prepared him exceptionally well to lead the School of Medicine into the next decade. I think that the future of the medical school under the leadership of Dr. Shapiro will be really exciting and I am certain the students, residents, staff and faculty will be stimulated, enriched and benefit from his skills and expertise.”

Shapiro described the opportunity to lead at Marshall as a delightful one.

“It is a great honor and privilege to be associated with this fabulous organization, and I firmly believe that the coming years will present great opportunity for the school to expand its purview in the areas of education, research and service as we pursue our mission to improve the health of West Virginia.”

Shapiro’s medical teaching career began at the University of Colorado after completing his fellowship in 1987.   He served as an instructor, assistant professor, and associate professor of both medicine and radiology at the University of Colorado until 1997 when he joined the faculty at the University of Toledo College of Medicine (formerly Medical College of Ohio at Toledo).

Since 1999, he has served as chair of medicine, and in 2006, was appointed associate dean for business development at the University of Toledo.  He also is president of the University of Toledo Physicians, the university’s medical practice plan.

In addition to his numerous teaching, clinical and administrative responsibilities at the University of Toledo, Shapiro has served as principal investigator or co-investigator on nearly three dozen grant-funded projects totaling more than $30 million and has been involved with the creation of three spin-off companies from that research.

Additionally, Shapiro holds the patents on 14 medical inventions.

He is the author or co-author of more than 100 original research articles, many of them focusing on his chosen specialty, nephrology, more commonly known as the branch of medical science dealing with the kidneys.

Shapiro serves as the associate editor for the Journal of the American Heart Association and is on the editorial boards of 13 other journals. He is a member of the American Society of Nephrology, International Society of Nephrology, American College of Physicians, Association of Professors of Medicine and Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine. He also is active in the American Heart Association, and served as vice chairman of the association’s Kidney in Cardiovascular Disease Council from 2007 to 2008.

He was recognized with the Arnold P. Gold – Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey Humanism in Medicine Award in 2002, and the Mercy Health Partners – Northern Region Endowed Chair of Excellence in Internal Medicine Education in 2003.

A native of Newark, N.J., Shapiro received his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1980. He earned his bachelor of arts degree in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania.  After completing a medical residency in internal medicine at Georgetown University, he trained as a fellow in renal diseases at the University of Colorado. He is board certified in internal medicine and nephrology.

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