Dr. Bruce Koeppen
Founding dean and vice president for health affairs
Koeppen came to Quinnipiac from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, where he served as dean for academic affairs. At UCONN, Koeppen was responsible for recent revisions and delivery of the four-year medical school curriculum, all of the integrated residency and fellowship programs in the greater Hartford area and the continuing education programs offered to the community by the faculty. In addition, Koeppen had the administrative responsibility of establishing and maintaining the clinical affiliation relationships with the medical school.
At Quinnipiac, Koeppen is working closely with the University's academic leaders to shape the school's educational framework. He is responsible for finalizing the school's clinical affiliation partnerships, developing curriculum, recruiting faculty and an administrative team, and securing accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
Charles N. Collier
Assistant dean, health career pathways
Collier came to Quinnipiac from Emory University, where he served as director of pre-professional services. Through Emory University's Career Center, Collier was responsible for the career development and advisement of matriculating pre-health students. He oversaw a credentialing service for those seeking entry into professional programs after graduation. In addition, Collier established and coordinated a program where students had the opportunity to explore and observe health professionals in their day-to-day roles, resulting in a culture of mentoring.
At Quinnipiac, Collier is working with a number of University and community-based partners to establish a pipeline to health professions, supporting the interest and efforts of students from the elementary educational level through the development of a pre-matriculation program for entering medical students. He is responsible for assisting in the recruitment of students seeking admission to the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine and is an ex-officio member of the admissions committee.
Dr. Lisa Coplit
Associate dean for faculty development
Coplit, a general internist, comes to Quinnipiac from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, where she was director of the Institute for Medical Education. At Mount Sinai, she implemented faculty and professional development programs for educational leaders, basic science faculty, clinical faculty, residents and medical students. She also served as co-developer and director of the Resident Teaching Development Program, a multi-specialty teaching skills curriculum for all residents at Mount Sinai Hospital and its 12 affiliates.
At Quinnipiac, Coplit will help shape curriculum assessment for students and promote professional development opportunities for faculty members.
Associate dean for admissions
Ellison comes to Quinnipiac from the Chicago State University College of Pharmacy, where he served as assistant professor and assistant dean. Prior to that, he served as the director of the university's premedical education program for 17 years.
At Quinnipiac, Ellison is responsible for ensuring that the medical school admits qualified students who fit the University's mission, can successfully complete all components of the school's curriculum and pass the first two steps of the United States Medical Licensing Examination. He will oversee a staff of five that is responsible for all facets of the medical school's admissions process and outreach programs designed to interest pre-college-aged students in attending medical school.
Senior associate dean for administration and finance
Before coming to Quinnipiac, Gillon worked for 32 years at the University of Connecticut Health Center, School of Medicine. Starting as the director of finance in 1978, Gillon worked his way up to associate dean for finance and administration, a position he held from 1994 to 2010. A certified public accountant, Gillon holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Connecticut.
At Quinnipiac, Gillon is the principal liaison between the School of Medicine and the related administrative, personnel and financial offices and staff within the University. He is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the administrative personnel and financial operations of the School of Medicine.
Dr. J. Alan Otsuki
Senior associate dean for medical education
Otsuki came to Quinnipiac from the Lehigh Valley Health Network, where he was chief of the Division of Education and associate dean of the University of South Florida College of Medicine's Regional Campus at the Lehigh Valley Health Network. Before that, Otsuki was associate dean for medical education and student affairs at Emory University School of Medicine.
At Quinnipiac, Otsuki is responsible for overseeing and building the medical school's curriculum, including leading the development of the third and fourth-year curriculum. He also works closely with the medical school's clinical partners, including St. Vincent's Medical Center, the school's principal clinical partner, and Middlesex Hospital, MidState Medical Center, Waterbury Hospital, Griffin Hospital, Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Gaylord Specialty Health, Jewish Senior Services, The Jewish Home of Fairfield and Masonic Healthcare Center. Hartford Hospital is a research partner of the medical school.
Dr. Sam Parrish
Associate dean for student affairs
Before coming to Quinnipiac, Parrish was the senior associate dean of student affairs at the Drexel University College of Medicine. Parrish, a pediatrician, earned his medical degree at the University of South Carolina. He also holds a chemistry degree from the College of Charleston.
At Quinnipiac, Parrish is responsible for coordinating the School of Medicine's student services, including counseling, advising, student programming and academic assistance. Parrish is also an associate professor and will teach in the School of Medicine.
Chair of the Department of Medical Science
and senior associate dean for research
Wikel has more than 30 years experience as a teacher, researcher and administrator. Most recently he was a professor of pathology and senior scientist in the Center for Tropical Diseases, Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. Over the course of his career, he has taught courses in pathobiology, immunology, medical microbiology, infectious diseases, parasitology, histology and hematology. Wikel has also conducted cutting-edge research and been on faculty at a number of institutions including the University of South Dakota, University of North Dakota, Oklahoma State University and the University of Connecticut.
At Quinnipiac, Wikel is focusing on hiring faculty and on curriculum and course development.