Meet the Founding Dean
Mark A. Penn, MD, MBA
On April 1, 2014, Mark A. Penn, MD, MBA, FAAFP became the Founding Dean of the College of Medicine and Chancellor of the Summerlin Campus at Roseman University of Health Sciences. Previously Dr. Penn served as Chancellor of Roseman’s South Jordan, Utah campus.
Dr. Penn received his baccalaureate degree from The Ohio State University, and his MD from the University of Toledo College of Medicine. He completed his family medicine residency training at St. Thomas Hospital in Akron, Ohio, and subsequently practiced in a rural community. He transitioned to academic medicine and became an Associate Director at the Summa Health System Family Medicine Residency Program in Akron, Ohio for several years, and oversaw all of the undergraduate activities as an Undergraduate Director and Clerkship Director, affiliated with NEOUCOM (Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine).
Dr. Penn served as the Medical Director of the Clinical Skills Assessment Center and as Interim Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at NEOUCOM. In 2001, Dr. Penn became the Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Executive Associate Dean at NEOUCOM, and also served as Acting President and Dean in 2002.
In 2003, Dr. Penn became the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and the College of Medicine’s Executive Associate Dean. He guided the university and college accreditation processes and oversaw the curriculum transformation of the entire four-year medical school curriculum. He was also a survey site team member for the accrediting body for allopathic medical schools, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), and has been a consultant-evaluator for the institutional regional accrediting body, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). As Senior Vice President he also led the diversity efforts of the university and chaired the Diversity Council.
Working with senior leadership, faculty and staff, Dr. Penn helped develop a College of Pharmacy and a College of Graduate Studies. Dr. Penn represented the institution at the state of Ohio’s Inter-University Council’s (IUC) Provost Committee and the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (NOCHE) Provost Committee, and was the liaison between NEOUCOM/NEOMED and its partner universities in northeast Ohio, as well as throughout the state.
Dr. Penn served in those positions until September 2010 when he became the Special Advisor to the President at NEOMED, and the Special Assistant to the President and Vice Provost for Health Affairs at Cleveland State University (CSU). Serving two presidents from two different universities in a unique reporting relationship, he helped build a partnership between the two universities, while increasing the medical college class size with a focus on students attending from the academic campus of CSU.
Along with the faculty from both universities he led efforts to create the NEOMED-CSU Urban Primary Care Initiative. The initiative was designed to meet the health care needs of the underserved urban populations in northeast Ohio by recruiting students interested in serving in urban communities.
Dr. Penn is board certified in family medicine, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and he was a former ACE (American Council on Education) Bishop Fellow. His interests include health disparities, underserved care, rural/urban medicine, health promotion and disease prevention, ethics, business and medicine, and inter-professional education.