Valerie M. Parisi, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.
Valerie M. Parisi, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., was named the 15th dean of the Wayne State University School of Medicine in July 2010. In addition to leading the nation’s largest single-campus medical school Dr. Parisi, an obstetrician/gynecologist, is a national leader in medical education and in the evaluation and certification of physicians and serves as co-principal investigator for a federal grant to establish an Area Health Education Center program in Michigan.
She serves as co-chair of the Liaison Committee for Medical Education, which accredits medical schools in the United States and Canada, and as secretary-treasurer of the American Board of Medical Specialties.
Prior to being named dean of the Wayne State University School of Medicine, Dr. Parisi served as interim dean for a year and as vice dean of Hospital Relations & Clinical Affairs beginning in July 2007
During her time at Wayne State, Dr. Parisi has been instrumental in strengthening the school through new and enhanced partnerships with multiple clinical partners. She negotiated long-term contracts with the Detroit Medical Center that encompass undergraduate and graduate medical education and clinical services, a long-term affiliation agreement with the Karmanos Cancer Institute, where she is a board member, and expanded an educational and research partnership with the Henry Ford Health System. She also played a significant role in the establishment of a Family Medicine residency program at Crittenton Hospital, where she is also a board member, and an agreement with Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center to house residency programs in Dermatology, Urology, Orthopedics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Otolaryngology.
Crain’s Detroit Business’ named Dr. Parisi one of its 2010 Women to Watch for her leadership in strengthening the School of Medicine’s relationships with its clinical partners.
Dr. Parisi previously was dean of medicine, chief academic officer and vice president for academic program administration at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. In her tenure there, she also held the Thomas N. and Gleaves James Distinguished Chair, was advisor to the president, and a professor of obstetrics and gynecology. She was the first woman medical school dean in Texas.
At age 16, Dr. Parisi entered the first seven-year medical degree class offered at Brown University, and received her M.D. in 1975. Her broad academic background is enhanced by an M.P.H. in Maternal and Child Health from the University of California-Berkeley School of Public Health, and an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler School of Business, where she was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, the National Business Honor Society. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and fellowship training in Maternal and Fetal Medicine at the University of Wisconsin Center for Health Sciences.
She began her academic career by serving 10 years as director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston, Texas, where she also was director of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program. Her study of eicosanoid regulation of fetal placental circulation was funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She was Robert A. Ross Professor as well as chair of the University of North Carolina Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology from 1997 to 2004, where she took the department from 65th to 13th in NIH research funding. Prior to that, Dr. Parisi was chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at SUNY Stony Brook from 1994 to 1997.
Dr. Parisi was elected president of the Society for Perinatal Obstetricians (now the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine) in 1995 after serving six years on its board of directors.
She was director of the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and a director of the Board from 1998 to 2008.
As part of her work mentoring women in their medical careers, Dr. Parisi spoke at the Association of American Medical College’s Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional Development seminars in 2007, 2008 and 2009.