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CMSRU Leadership Team

Annette C. Reboli, MD
Dean
Professor of Medicine
Reboli@rowan.edu
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William Kocher, MD
Associate Dean for Admissions
Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences
Kocher@rowan.edu
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Harry Mazurek, PhD
Associate Dean for Research
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Mazurek@rowan.edu
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Anthony J. Mazzarelli, MD, JD, MBE
Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs
Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine
Mazzarelli-Anthony@CooperHealth.edu
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Susan M. Perlis, EdD
Associate Dean for Medical Education
Associate Professor of Medicine
PerlisS@rowan.edu
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Jocelyn Mitchell-Williams, MD, PhD
Associate Dean for Diversity & Community Affairs
Associate Professor of Ob/Gyn
WilliamsJo@rowan.edu
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Lawrence S. Weisberg, MD
Associate Dean for Professional Development
Professor of Medicine
Weisberg@rowan.edu
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Andrea Bottaro, PhD
Assistant Dean for Curriculum – Phase 1
Professor of Biomedical Sciences
bottaro@rowan.edu
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Rose Kim, MD
Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs
Associate Professor of Medicine
kimr@rowan.edu
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Matthew Gentile, MA
Assistant Dean for Assessment, Evaluation, Continuous Quality Improvement & Compliance with LCME Accreditation Standards
gentilmm@rowan.edu
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Darren Boehning, PhD
Assistant Dean for Research
boehning@rowan.edu
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Erin Pukenas, MD
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
pukenas@rowan.edu
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John Porter, PhD
Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs
Professor of Surgery
porter-john@cooperhealth.edu
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Guy Hewlett, MD
Assistant Dean for Diversity & Community Affairs
Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
hewlett-guy@cooperhealth.edu
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Sundip Patel, MD
Interim Assistant Dean for Curriculum Phase 2
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
patel-sundip@cooperhealth.edu
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Annette C. Reboli, M.D.

Dean, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
Professor of Medicine

Dr. Reboli is a Professor of Medicine and the Dean of Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in Camden, NJ. As such, she is the Chief Academic Officer with ultimate responsibility for all areas of the school. Prior to this, she was Founding Vice Dean and was responsible for oversight of the LCME accreditation process, undergraduate and graduate medical education, faculty affairs and faculty development, and developing affiliations for the medical school.

Dr. Reboli received a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biology from Georgetown University College of Arts and Sciences in Washington, DC. She received her MD degree cum laude from Georgetown University School of Medicine and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society during medical school. She completed an internship, residency, and a year as Chief Medical Resident in Internal Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC, followed by a three-year clinical and research fellowship in infectious diseases at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. Prior to becoming Founding Vice Dean, she served as Interim Dean of CMSRU and was also the Head of the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Deputy Chief for Administration of the Department of Medicine at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, New Jersey, where she also served as the hospital epidemiologist. During her tenure as division head of infectious diseases, she established a comprehensive clinical research program that led the Department of Medicine in external funding. She also served as a consultant to Janssen, Vicuron, Pfizer, and Merck Pharmaceutical Company on antimicrobial drug development and clinical trial design.

Dr. Reboli is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases. She has authored or co-authored over 180 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and abstracts. Dr. Reboli has been named a “Top Doctor” in a variety of magazines, including New Jersey Monthly, Philadelphia Magazine, South Jersey Magazine, SJ Magazine, and Consumer’s Checkbook. She has been recognized by Who’s Who and Best Doctors in America. She has served on several committees for Camden County and the state of New Jersey, volunteering her expertise in infectious diseases. Dr. Reboli’s main research interest is in candidemia and other forms of invasive candidiasis. Over the course of her career, she has garnered over $15,000,000.00 in research support from a variety of sources, including NIH, NIAID, HRSA, private foundations, and private industry.

In 2008, she received the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Dean’s Research Award in the faculty-clinical sciences category for research on antifungal therapy that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. She serves on the Candida Infections Guidelines Committee of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. She has received several teaching awards and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, and the Philadelphia College of Physicians. She served as the President of the Medical Staff of the Cooper Health System from 2011 to 2015. In 2016, she received the Healthcare Provider of the Year award from the New Jersey Hospital Association. In 2018, she became a voting member of the Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME), the regulatory body for allopathic medical education in the United States.

Susan M. Perlis, EdD

Associate Dean for Medical Education

In her role as Associate Dean for Medical Education, Dr. Perlis is responsible for development, management, and implementation of the medical school curriculum. She joined CMSRU from The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC), where she served as Associate Dean for Curriculum and Associate Professor of Medicine.   Dr. Perlis first joined TCMC as Assistant Dean for Evaluation and Assessment, where she was instrumental in establishing high-quality assessment practices for the new medical school.  As Associate Dean for Curriculum, Dr. Perlis helped TCMC become one of the first United States medical schools to adopt the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship model as the standard clinical experience for the entire medical school class in the third year.

She has significant experience not only in new medical school development, but also establishment and management of a longitudinal integrated clerkship – one of the hallmarks of CMSRU’s innovative curriculum.

Dr. Perlis holds a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Administration from Temple University, where she specialized in higher education administration.  She holds a Master of Science degree in Education in the field of Curriculum & Instruction Supervision, is a graduate of the Harvard Macy Institute Program for Educators in Healthcare Professions, and has been trained in LEAN/Six Sigma.    In addition, Dr. Perlis was accepted as a Fellow in the Class of the Hendwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program and holds a Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) from the AAMC.

William Kocher, MD

William Kocher, MD is a pathologist and medical educator who currently serves as the Associate Dean for Admissions at the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU).

Dr. Kocher received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College and completed his Pathology training at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. In addition to Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, he is board-certified in Hematology, which is an area of interest in practice. Over his career, he has been a practicing Pathologist at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Cooper University Health Care. His true passion lies in medical education and he has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards.

At CMSRU, he has previously served as Chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences and as the Assistant Dean for Phase 1 Curriculum. His teaching activities at CMSRU include course director for the hematology-oncology course, ALG facilitator, lecturer, and lab instructor.

Andrea Bottaro, PhD

Andrea Bottaro, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Assistant Dean for Phase 1 Curriculum at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. Dr. Bottaro earned his PhD in Human Genetics from the University of Torino in Italy, after which he carried out postdoctoral fellowships at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York and at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Before joining CMSRU, he was on the faculty of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Dr. Bottaro’s research interests focus on the role of the immune system in inflammation, autoimmunity and cancer, in both human disease and animal models. He has published extensively in these fields, and has served as ad hoc and standing member on numerous NIH Study Sections and other grant review panels. He is a member of the American Association of Immunologists, where he also serves on the Education Committee, of the Society for Leukocyte Biology and of the International Association of Medical Science Educators.

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Harry Mazurek, PhD

Associate Dean for Research

As the Associate Dean for Research, Dr. Mazurek will have oversight of all research conducted at the medical school, including both faculty and student research.  He also serves as Director of the Cooper Research Institute, and previously served as research director for the Department of Medicine and the Division Cardiovascular Disease and Critical Care Medicine.   He directs the South Jersey cardiovascular and peripheral vascular disease and osteoporosis program that has screened over 40,000 under- and uninsured individuals in Salem County.

Dr. Mazurek’s research interests include the alignment of research organizations within corporate environments, the conduct of research, and community-based participatory research.   He serves as a technical and due diligence consultant to Benjamin Franklin Technology Partners of Southeast Pennsylvania, an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.  Prior to arriving at Cooper in late 2002, he worked as a pharmaceutical business analyst for Adis International, managing director of a management group spin out from Lyondell Chemical, and for two decades in business and research management roles within Arco Chemical Company.

Mazurek earned his undergraduate degree from New York University and earned his doctorate at Brandeis University in solid-state inorganic chemistry.  He was a postdoctoral fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and completed the Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Technology Managers Development Program.

Jocelyn Mitchell-Williams, MD, PhD

Associate Dean for Diversity & Community Affairs

Dr. Williams is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at CMSRU.  In her role as the Associate Dean for Diversity and Community Affairs, she leads CMSRU’s efforts in establishing joint initiatives with hospitals, educational institutions, and community organizations to improve the health outreach for disadvantaged communities, such as the creation of a pipeline to medical professions and community service programs.  Additionally, she works to develop programs that enhance cultural sensitivity in our students, faculty and staff. 

Dr. Mitchell-Williams joined CMSRU in September of 2010, and has served in the Camden community for the past 15 years.  Prior to taking on her role at CMSRU, she held a similar position at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Camden.

Dr. Mitchell-Williams is a graduate of Rutgers University, College of Engineering.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and a doctoral degree in biomedical engineering.  Previously an instructor in the department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School of UMDNJ; she went on to receive her medical degree from the same institution.  She completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cooper University Hospital.   She has been involved in program development for underrepresented and financially disadvantaged students in the areas of engineering, science and medicine for over 25 years.

Lawrence S. Weisberg, MD, FACP

Assistant Dean for Curriculum – Phase 2

Dr. Weisberg is Professor of Medicine at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, and Head of the Division of Nephrology and Deputy Chair of the Department of Medicine, Cooper University Hospital.  In his role as Assistant Dean for Curriculum – Phase 2, he is responsible for development and coordination of the third and fourth years of the medical school curriculum.

Dr. Weisberg received his AB degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and graduated with honors from Temple University School of Medicine in 1981, where he was elected to AOA.  He completed his training in both Internal Medicine and Nephrology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and in 1987, joined the faculty of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School - Camden as Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology.  He was director of the fellowship program in nephrology at Cooper University Hospital from 1989 to 2009.

Dr. Weisberg has been the recipient of numerous medical student teaching awards over the years.  In addition, he was awarded the Internal Medicine Housestaff Teaching Award in 1994, and the Sol Sherry, MD, Teaching Award in 1998. He has been invited repeatedly to speak at the American Society of Nephrology Annual Update in Nephrology Course, and has lectured widely in his principal area of research, the prevention and medical treatment of acute renal failure.  Dr. Weisberg is past president of the Nephrology Society of New Jersey.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and a Fellow of the Philadelphia College of Physicians.

Rachel J. Berget, MEd

Director of Faculty Affairs and Educational Operations

In her role as the Director of Faculty Affairs and Educational Operations at CMSRU, Ms. Berget will be responsible for all aspects of faculty affairs and faculty development.

Ms. Berget received her Bachelor of Science in Business Education from the University of University of Houston, and her M.Ed. with a specialization in higher education administration from the University of Pittsburgh.  Her master’s thesis was “The Effect of Managed Care on Graduate Medical Education.”  She completed her course work for her Ed.D. in higher education management at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pennsylvania.  For the past six years, Ms. Berget has been the Associate Director of Faculty Professional Development in the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Anthony J. Mazzarelli, MD, JD, MBE

Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs

In his role as Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Dr. Mazzarelli provides strategic leadership, oversight and management of CMSRU’s interface with clinical training programs.

A key member of Cooper’s executive leadership team, Dr. Mazzarelli serves as Co-President of Cooper University Health Care.  Prior to being named Co-President, Dr. Mazzarelli was the Chief Physician Executive and Senior Executive Vice President, where he had oversight of Quality and Patient Safety for the health system as well as oversight of Cooper's practice plan of more than 630 employed physicians who also serve as the faculty for Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.

Dr. Mazzarelli has been a tireless champion for CMSRU. He was a member of the original team from Cooper who helped pioneer the integration with Rowan University in preparation for the launch of the medical school. As an Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, he lectures on bioethics and healthcare policy to medical students and residents.

Dr. Mazzarelli holds a medical degree from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a Masters in Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics. He trained in Emergency Medicine at Cooper University Hospital, where he also served as Chief Resident and later as Medical Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine.

Rose Kim, MD

Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs

In her role as Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs, Dr. Kim works closely with CMSRU’s Dean and the Director of Faculty Affairs to encourage faculty engagement and assist faculty members in achieving professional goals and succeeding in their academic careers.

Dr. Kim is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Course Director for Infectious Diseases. She is a member of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Cooper University Health Care, where she provides specialized outpatient and inpatient care. Dr. Kim is currently enrolled in the Masters in Education in the Health Professions at Johns Hopkins University, where she is focused on leadership in health professions education.

Dr. Kim earned her medical degree from New York University School of Medicine, completed her Internal Medicine residency training at NYU/Bellevue Hospitals, then her Infectious Diseases fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Erin Pukenas, MD

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

In her role as Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Dr. Pukenas oversees career advising, mentorship and residency placement for CMSRU students. She works closely with the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions to ensure that students receive the support and guidance needed to reach to their full potential as physicians.

Dr. Pukenas is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at CMSRU. In addition, she is one of the founding Advisory College Directors, helping to build the Advisory College program into a national model for student advising.

Dr. Pukenas earned her medical degree from West Virginia University School of Medicine, completed her Anesthesiology residency at Cooper University Hospital, and her Pediatric Anesthesiology fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is certified in both pediatric and general anesthesiology by the American Board of Anesthesiology. Dr. Pukenas is currently director of the division of quality and safety in Cooper University Health Care’s Department of Anesthesiology and serves as Cooper’s Patient Safety Officer. As a leader of key national quality and safety initiatives for pediatric anesthesiology, Dr. Pukenas was selected as a fellow in the 2016 Harvard University safety and quality leadership program.

Matthew Gentile, MA

Assistant Dean for Assessment, Evaluation, Continuous Quality Improvement & Compliance with LCME Accreditation Standards

In his role as Assistant Dean for Assessment, Evaluation, Continuous Quality Improvement & Compliance with LCME Accreditation Standards, Mr. Gentile oversees all aspects of CMSRU’s Assessment and Evaluation system operations and the CMSRU Continuous Quality Improvement goals while ensuring the school’s continued compliance with LCME accreditation standards.

Mr. Gentile also serves as the Chair for the Assessment and Examination Review Subcommittees of the CMSRU Curriculum Committee. Mr. Gentile is currently enrolled in the Doctorate in Education Leadership program at the University of New England, where he is focused on leadership in higher education.

Mr. Gentile holds a Master of Arts degree from Richard Stockton University in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Forensic Psychology, has been trained in LEAN/Six Sigma and holds a Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) from the AAMC. He has significant experience with assessment technology, data analysis, assessment tool design, program evaluation, curricular mapping, and policy development. Mr. Gentile’s research interests focus on small group learning and assessment in medical education, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), and the importance of formative assessment programs in medical education.

Darren Boehning, PhD

Head and Assistant Dean for Research

Dr. Boehning received his Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology from Syracuse University in 1994. In 2001 he obtained his Ph.D. in Cell Biology from Thomas Jefferson University, where he was a Foerderer Fellow examining the function of IP3 receptor calcium channels. His work was recognized with the Alumni Thesis Award for the top thesis of his graduating year. From 2001-2004 he was a post-doctoral fellow in the laboratory of Sol Snyder in the Department of Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University. His post-doctoral work on gaseous neurotransmission and neuronal cell death was funded by an individual Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA post-doctoral fellowship from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). From 2005-2013, he was faculty in the Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston. He rapidly rose through the ranks to become a tenured Full Professor and Director of the Cell Biology Graduate Program. During this time, he was the recipient of multiple NIH grants and was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award, the Student Faculty Advocacy Award, and the Excellence in Teaching Award in Cell Biology. From 2013-2019 Dr. Boehning was a faculty member in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth. While at UTHealth he served as director of the Graduate Program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2015-2017) and founding director of a new graduate program in Biochemistry and Cell Biology (2017-2018). At UTHealth Dr. Boehning received the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award (2015-19), the Biochemistry and Cell Biology Outstanding Faculty Award (2018), and served as the GSBS Faculty Marshal of the UTHealth/MD Anderson Commencement (2016)

Dr. Boehning is renowned for his work on cell death in health and disease. In particular, his work has illustrated the central role of the IP3 receptor calcium channel in mediating apoptotic cell death. He found that the IP3 receptor is essential to the progression of most cell death paradigms, and how this channel is activated during disease. Of note, he discovered how this receptor contributes to apoptotic resistance in lymphoma and other cancers. His basic science approaches have also developed new therapeutic agents for inhibiting cell death by blocking IP3 receptor activity. Finally, in collaboration with clinicians he has shown in laboratory models and in human patients that increased IP3 receptor activity after traumatic injury leads to systemic inflammation and type II diabetes (so called “stress-induced diabetes”) which contributes to morbidity and mortality. These “bench to bedside” approaches may lead to new therapeutics for improving patient survival. Indeed, cell permeant peptides developed by Dr. Boehning which block IP3 receptor activation during cell death are currently being examined in pre-clinical models of traumatic injury.

Dr. Boehning’s findings have been published in over 50 papers in top scientific journals. His work has been funded by extramural sources since his post-doctoral years. He is currently the principal investigator or co-investigator on three NIH grants to study cell signaling in health and disease. In addition, he has served on many study section panels including continuous service on the American Heart Association Molecular Signaling study section since 2009 and many ad hoc panels at the NIH, NSF, Alzheimer’s Association, Italian Ministry of Health, and others. He is also very active in scientific outreach activities, including lecturing at local schools and lobbying activities from the local to national level for scientific education and funding.

Dr. Boehning’s findings have been published in over 50 papers in top scientific journals. His work has been funded by extramural sources since his post-doctoral years. He is currently the principal investigator or co-investigator on three NIH grants to study cell signaling in health and disease. In addition, he has served on many study section panels including continuous service on the American Heart Association Molecular Signaling study section since 2009 and many ad hoc panels at the NIH, NSF, Alzheimer’s Association, Italian Ministry of Health, and others. He is also very active in scientific outreach activities, including lecturing at local schools and lobbying activities from the local to national level for scientific education and funding.

John Porter, MD

Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs

In his role as Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs, Dr. Porter assists Dr. Anthony Mazzarelli, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, in overseeing affiliations and interfacing with Cooper University Health Care on clinical affairs matters.

Dr. Porter, a professor of surgery, is head of the Division of Trauma Surgery and director of the Center for Trauma Services at Cooper University Health Care.

Guy Hewlett, MD

Assistant Dean for Diversity & Community Affairs

In his role as Assistant Dean for Diversity and Community Affairs, Dr. Hewlett assists Dr. Jocelyn Mitchell-Williams, Associate Dean for Diversity and Community Affairs, in managing CMSRU's efforts to maintain an environment where diversity, in all its forms, is embraced, and where community engagement continues to be fostered.

An associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Hewlett is medical director of Labor & Delivery and vice chief of quality for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cooper University Health Care.

Sundip Patel, MD

Interim Assistant Dean for Curriculum Phase 2

Sundip Patel, MD, has been appointed Interim Assistant Dean for Curriculum Phase II. In this role, Dr. Patel is responsible for development and coordination of the third and fourth years of the medical school curriculum. Dr. Patel is an assistant professor of emergency medicine at CMSRU, and also serves at the clerkship director. He is an emergency medicine physician at Cooper University Health Care.