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Faculty and Staff

At the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM), professors and course directors with over 275 years of collective medical and professional school experience as practitioners, teachers, and researchers will nurture and prepare you for a rewarding career in medicine. 

They are, of course, invested in your future, but they are also invested in the ongoing success of MU-COM. They chose to come here to be a part of a new venture, to help mold this program into the best osteopathic medicine school possible.

So, yes, they will be wholly dedicated to your success. They will support your performance inside and outside of the classroom. They will welcome your collaboration with their research. They care what you think and will welcome your contribution to the MU-COM family.

MU-COM Faculty

  • Samina Akbar Ph.D.
    Samina Akbar, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Microbiology
    (317) 955-6608
    sakbar@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #318C
  • Dr. Tafline Arbor
    Tafline Arbor, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Anatomy
    (317) 955-6269
    tarbor@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #313B
  • Erica Ausel, PhD
    Erica Ausel, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Anatomy
    (317) 955-6275
    eausel@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #317D
  • Bhupal Bhetwal
    Bhupal Bhetwal, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Physiology and Biochemistry
    (317) 955-6673
    bpbhetwal@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #312B
  • Jesse Clark, DO
    Jesse Clark, DO
    Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
    (317) 955-6606
    jnclark2@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #315A
    Bio
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    Medhane Cumbay, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Pharmacology
    (317) 955-6625
    mgcumbay@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #315E
    Bio 
  • Elizabeth Delery, Ph.D
    Elizabeth Delery, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
    Director of Research Laboratory
    (317) 955-6630
    edelery@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #318D
  • Wilbert A. Derbigny, Ph.D.
    Wilbert A. Derbigny, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
    (317) 955-6252
    wderbigny@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #318B
  • David Dufeau
    David Dufeau, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Anatomy
    (317) 955-6603
    ddufeau@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #313D
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    David Eland, DO, FAAO
    Professor of Osteopathic Principles and Practice
    (317) 955-6674
    deland@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #316E
  • Daniel J. Fagan, M.D.
    Daniel J. Fagan, M.D.
    Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
    (317) 955-6293
    dfagan2@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #316E
  • David Gardner
    David Gardner, Ph.D.
    Professor of Biochemistry
    (317) 955-6283
    dpgardner@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #312C
  • Dan Gelfman
    Dan Gelfman, M.D.
    Clinical Professor Emeritus of Medicine
    dgelfman@marian.edu
  • Julia Hum, Ph.D.
    Julia Hum, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Physiology
    Director of Biomedical Sciences MS Program
    (317) 955-6265
    jmhum@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #312A
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    Jeremy Jones, DO
    Associate Professor of Primary Care
    (317) 955-6693
    jljones@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #316B
  • Richard Klabunde
    Richard Klabunde, Ph.D.
    Professor of Physiology
    (317) 955-6267
    rklabunde@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #317A
  • Clif Knight, MD, CPE, FAAFP
    Clif Knight, M.D., CPE, FAAFP
    Assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs
    Associate Professor of Family Medicine
    (317) 955-6295
    cknight@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #303E
  • Sophie LaSalle, Ph.D.
    Sophie LaSalle, Ph.D.
    Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
    Associate Professor of Biochemistry
    (317) 955-6688
    slasalle@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #303C
  • Jonathan Lowery
    Jonathan Lowery, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Physiology
    Assistant Provost for Research and Scholarship
    (317) 955-6621
    jlowery@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #317E
  • John Lucich
    John Lucich, M.D.
    Chair of Internal Medicine
    Professor of Internal Medicine
    (317) 955-6513
    jlucich@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #316A
  • Anthony Martin, DO
    Anthony L. Martin, DO
    Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
    (317) 955-6268
    amartin2@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #311A
  • Tina C. Mason, MD, MPH, FACOG
    Tina C. Mason, MD, MPH, FACOG
    Associate Professor of Primary Care
    tmason@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #316J
  • Emily Masser, Ph.D.
    Emily Masser, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Biochemistry
    (317) 955-6276
    emasser@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #315B
  • Lyree N. Mikhail, M.D.
    Lyree Mikhail, M.D.
    Associate Professor of OB/GYN
    (317) 955-6299
    lmikhail@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #313A
  • Erin-McClelland
    Erin E. McClelland, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
    (317) 955-6273
    emcclelland@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #318E
  • Luke Nelligan, D.O.
    Luke Nelligan, DO
    Senior Advisor to the Dean
    Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
    (317) 955-6634
    lnelligan@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #311B
  • Sumathilatha Velavan
    Sumathilatha Sakthi Velavan, MBBS, DGO, MS
    Assistant Professor of Anatomy
    (317) 955-6245
    ssakthivelavan@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #313C
  • Dr. Brian Skinner
    Brian Skinner, PharmD, BCPS
    Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
    (317) 955-6580
    bskinner@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #316F
  • Catherine Steding, Ph.D.
    Catherine Steding, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    (317) 955-6398
    csteding@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #315C
  • David Strom Ph.D.
    David Strom, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Pharmacology
    (317) 955-6281
    dstrom@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #315F
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    Annabel Vila, M.D.
    Associate Professor of Pathology
    (317) 955-6476
    avila@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #318A
  • Angela Wagner, DO
    Angela Wagner, DO
    Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Assistant Professor of Osteopathic Practice and Principles
    awagner2@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #316D
  • David Williams, DO
    David C. Williams, DO
    Chair, Task Force on Professionalism
    Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
    dwilliams2@marian.edu
  • Dr. Amanda Wright
    Amanda Wright, DO
    Dean, College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Associate Professor of Family Medicine
    (317) 955-6721
    awright2@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #303B
  • Guang Xum Ph.D.
    Guang Xu, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor Biostatistics and Public Health
    (317) 955-6496
    guangxu@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #317C
  • Emily Young, MD
    Emily Young, M.D.
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    (317) 955-6627
    eyoung@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #316C
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    Christine Yu, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Anatomy
    Anatomy Lab Coordinator/Diener and Adjunct
    (317) 955-6616
    cyu@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #304 
  • Sarah B. Zahl, Ph.D.
    Sarah Zahl, Ph.D.
    Assistant Dean for Accreditation and Assessment
    Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Assistant Professor of Education
    (317) 955-6615
    szahl@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #311A

Biomedical Science Staff

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    Laurie Ray
    BMS Administrative Assistant
    (317) 955-6719
    lkray@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #303
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    Betsy Senour
    BMS Program and Testing Administrative Assistant
    (317) 955-6604
    bsenour@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #303

Clinical Affairs Staff

  • Lisa Blake
    Lisa Blake
    Clinical Affairs Administrative Assistant
    (317) 955-6290
    lblake@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #303
  • beth dragoo
    Beth Dragoo
    Clerkship Coordinator – St. Vincent's
    (317) 338-2282
    bvdragoo@ascension.org
    St. Vincents
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    Maxine Gries
    Clerkship Coordinator
    (317) 955-6181
    mgries@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #316
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    Dawn Kidd
    Clerkship Coordinator – Community Health Network
    (317) 955-6607
    kkidd@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #316
  • Wendy Labuzan
    Wendy Labuzan
    Coordinator of Examinations
    (317) 955-6602
    wsenour@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #309H
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    Paula Meyer
    Clerkship Coordinator
    (317) 955-6623
    pmeyer@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #316
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    Kasey Myers
    Clerkship Coordinator
    (317) 955-6622
    kmyers2@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #316
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    Sarah Price '21
    Clerkship Coordinator
    (317) 955-6289
    sprice1@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #316

Dean's Cabinet

  • Dr. Amanda Wright
    Amanda Wright, DO
    Dean, College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Associate Professor of Family Medicine
    (317) 955-6721
    awright2@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #303B
  • medhane-cumbay
    Medhane Cumbay, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Pharmacology
    (317) 955-6625
    mgcumbay@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #315E
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    Kristan Durbin
    Executive Assistant to the Dean
    (317) 955-6296
    kdurbin@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #303
  • David Gardner
    David Gardner, Ph.D.
    Professor of Biochemistry
    (317) 955-6283
    dpgardner@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #312C
  • Rhonda Garrison
    Rhonda Garrison
    Assistant Dean for the Continuum of Physician Education
    (317) 955-6260
    rgarrison@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #303F
  • Clif Knight, MD, CPE, FAAFP
    Clif Knight, M.D., CPE, FAAFP
    Assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs
    Associate Professor of Family Medicine
    (317) 955-6295
    cknight@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #303E
  • Sophie LaSalle, Ph.D.
    Sophie LaSalle, Ph.D.
    Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
    Associate Professor of Biochemistry
    (317) 955-6688
    slasalle@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #303C
  • Luke Nelligan, D.O.
    Luke Nelligan, DO
    Senior Advisor to the Dean
    Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
    (317) 955-6634
    lnelligan@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #311B
  • Elizabeth Petsche, JD
    Elizabeth Petsche, JD
    Assistant General Counsel
    Senior Advisor to the Senior Vice President of Health Professions
    Associate Professor of Family Medicine
    (317) 955-6722
    empetsche@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #316D
  • Clint Whitson
    Clint Whitson, M.S.
    Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
    (317) 955-6111
    cwhitson@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #116
  • Sarah B. Zahl, Ph.D.
    Sarah Zahl, Ph.D.
    Assistant Dean for Accreditation and Assessment
    Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Assistant Professor of Education
    (317) 955-6615
    szahl@marian.edu
    Evans Center, Room #311A

Clinical Chairs

  • Ryan Bence, DO, M.A., FACEP
    Ryan Bence, DO
    Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
    Bio
  • Dr. Mark Dilella
    Mark DiLella, DO
    Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery/Ortho
    Bio
  • Leah Gehring, DO
    Leah Gehring, DO
    Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
    Bio
  • Dr. Matakevich
    Barbara Matakevich, DO
    Clinical Assistant Professor of OB/GYN
    Bio
  • Rebecca Rothstein, DO
    Rebecca Rothstein, DO
    Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    Bio

Student Affairs Team

  • Elisha Hancock
    Elisha Hancock, M.S.
    Career Advisor and GME Specialist
    (317) 955-6367
    ehancock@marian.edu
    Evans Center, 108
  • MacKenzie Harless, M.Ed.
    Mackenzie Harless, M.Ed.
    Coordinator of Wellness Programs
    mharless@marian.edu
    Evans Center, 141
  • Kaylee Hofmeister, M.Ed.
    Kaylee Hofmeister, M.Ed.
    Graduate Learning Support Specialist
    (317) 955-6612
    khofmeister@marian.edu
    Evans Center, 109
  • Asia Hudson
    Asia L. Hudson, M.A.
    Director of Student Leadership and Wellness Programs
    (317) 955-6021
    ahudson1@marian.edu
    Evans Center, 109
  • Holly Kerstner
    Holly Kerstner, M.S.
    Director of Academic Support
    (317) 955-6248
    hkerstner@marian.edu
    Evans Center, 117
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    Christopher Parr
    Director of Graduate Medical Education Advising and Applications
    (317) 955-6605
    cparr@marian.edu
    Evans Center, 108
  • Sara Vitaniemi, M.S. Ed.
    Sara Vitaniemi, M.S.Ed.
    Graduate Learning Support Specialist
    (317) 955-6716
    svitaniemi@marian.edu
    Evans Center, 109       
  • Ashley Weedman
    Ashley Weedman, M.A.
    Administrative Assistant for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
    (317) 955-6662
    aweedman@marian.edu
    Evans Center, 109
  • clint whitson
    Clint Whitson, M.S.
    Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
    (317) 955-6611
    cwhitson@marian.edu
    Evans Center, 109       

Hill-Rom Simulation Center

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    David Patterson
    Director, Hill-Rom Simulation Center
    (317) 955-6277
    dpatterson@marian.edu
    Bio
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    James Cooper
    Simulation Technology Specialist
    (317) 955-6068
    jcooper@marian.edu
    Bio
  • Regina Marks
    Regina Marks
    Standardized Patient Coordinator
    (317) 955-6515
    rmarks@marian.edu
    Bio 
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    Stephanie Xayamata '95, MSN, RN
    Assistant Director of Simulation and Skills Lab
    (317) 955-6538
    sxayamath@marian.edu
    Evans Center, 230
    Bio 

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