Sherine E. Gabriel


Sherine E. Gabriel takes over in August as the dean of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, part of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.

courtesy of Sherine Gabriel

Schools at RBHS Hire New Leadership

Five appointments were recently made at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) schools. In August, Sherine E. Gabriel takes over as the dean of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS). She has been the dean of Mayo Medical School at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, since 2012 and a professor of medicine and professor of epidemiology at the school. For close to 30 years, Gabriel has had academic and leadership roles at the clinic, receiving research grants from the National Institutes of Health as an investigator in the epidemiology of rheumatic diseases.

“Gabriel has exceptional strengths in medical school-education administration and instruction,” says Brian Strom, the chancellor of RBHS. “She is a noted researcher, with a strong background in research administration, and has played significant roles in the success of Mayo Clinic’s business development.”

Gwendolyn Mahon is now the dean of the School of Health Related Professions. Mahon, who holds several faculty appointments in other RBHS schools, has been honored with the Gallo Award for outstanding research five times by the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Jasjit S. Ahluwalia, a researcher in the fields of health disparities and nicotine addiction in minority populations, most recently at the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center, was appointed dean of the School of Public Health.

Fredric E. Wondisford was named professor of medicine and chair of medicine at RWJMS and chief of the department of medicine at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and Sally Radovick is now a professor of pediatrics and senior associate dean for clinical and translational research at RWJMS. Both will be chancellor scholars, a new designation awarded by Strom to the academically strongest recruits.

Benasich Named  to New Chair

At Rutgers University–Newark, April A. Benasich, a professor of neuroscience and the director of the Infancy Studies Laboratory at the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, has been named the first holder of the Elizabeth H. Solomon Endowed Chair in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. Her research investigates how the infant brain progressively sets up normal language and what happens when those processes follow an atypical developmental path.