Oakwood, University of Michigan name research director

Sammar Nasser, MD, recently agreed to join the University of Michigan-Dearborn as Research Assistant Professor in the School of Education and director of the UM-Dearborn/Oakwood Healthcare Research Partnership.

Dr. Nasser is a graduate of Lincoln Park High School who received her Ph.D. in Physiology from the Wayne State University School of Medicine in 2011. She has 10 years of experience working as a Physician Assistant in the Department of Internal Medicine at Wayne State, and she is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Research and Leadership in the School of Medicine and Health Science at George Washington University in Washington, DC. She also holds a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Wayne State University and has led or been a member of the research team on about a dozen funded research projects.

Dr. Nasser will assume her new role in January, 2013, overseeing the new research partnership built upon the current collaboration among the Oakwood Center for Exceptional Families (CEF), the University of Michigan-Dearborn Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC), and the University of Michigan-Dearborn School of Education. That partnership, now six years old, allows early childhood educators and healthcare professionals to work in concert to assist the development of children with and without disabilities and to model best practices for teachers and healthcare providers. It provides educators with real life experience in working with children with disabilities and allows educators and health care providers to collaborate and create an environment where the children will receive the highest quality of care.

“We are very pleased with this partnership,” said Maureen D’Agostino, senior vice president of Organizational Excellence, Accreditation and Compliance for Oakwood Healthcare, Inc. “This will strengthen the bond between the university and Oakwood and build upon the good work that has been the hallmark of this program for several years.”