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School of Medicine Appoints New Assistant Dean in the Office of Student Affairs

Monday, June 25, 2012

Neda Frayha, M.D.,
 Neda Frayha, M.D.,

Neda Frayha, M.D., to Serve as Faculty Advisor, Counselor and Mentor to Students in Her New Role

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., has appointed Neda Frayha, M.D., as assistant dean in the Office of Student Affairs (OSA).

In her new role, Dr. Frayha, assistant professor of medicine, will provide guidance, counseling and mentoring to students as they study to become physicians and scientists. She will act as a liaison between medical and dual degree students and administrators, and will provide individualized residency counseling for fourth year medical students. She will play an instrumental role in student events, including the New Student Orientation, White Coat Ceremony, Match Day and Convocation. Dr. Frayha will also act as the faculty advisor for the Gold Humanism Honor Society and Women in Medicine Interest Group.

“Our exceptional students represent the next generation of physicians and scientists, outstanding professionals who will lead the field of medicine into a bright new future,” says Dean Reece, who also is vice president for medical affairs at the University of Maryland and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor at the School of Medicine. “Dr. Frayha has a natural talent for connecting with students on a professional and personal level and helping them to achieve and exceed their potential. Her leadership and mentoring will provide students with the education that they need to revolutionize medicine and change human health for the better.”

As a general internist, Dr. Frayha practices internal medicine in the Faculty Practice Office and on the general medicine inpatient services on a regular basis, where she supervises residents, interns and medical students. In addition to her clinical duties, she has served as an advisor to students in the Office of Student Affairs since 2010. She has served on multiple hospital committees including the Medical Student Education Committee and the Medicine Quality Improvement Committee.

"I love teaching and I am thrilled to be taking on this new position," says Dr. Frayha, who is also looking forward to working with one of her own mentors - Donna L. Parker, M.D., associate dean for Student Affairs. "I benefited a great deal from Dr. Parker's advice when I was a medical student here, so to work with her and other Student Affairs faculty and staff is really exciting and rewarding."

Dr. Frayha completed her undergraduate studies at Emory University and then worked for a health care research and consulting firm in Washington, DC for four years. She graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2006 completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center for residency training in Internal Medicine. She completed an additional year as Chief Resident in Internal Medicine, and joined the School of Medicine faculty in 2010.

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