Christopher Carpenter Named Interim Dean of Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

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Dr. Christopher F. Carpenter
Dr. Christopher F. Carpenter
Dr. Christopher F. Carpenter
Dr. Christopher F. Carpenter

Dr. Christopher F. Carpenter has been appointed as Stephan Sharf Interim Dean of Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (OUWB). The dean also serves as OUWB chief academic officer for Corewell Health. The appointment is effective Sept. 5.

“Dr. Carpenter will provide steady, prudent guidance during the search for a full-time dean of the School of Medicine,” says Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, president of OUWB. “He’s a proven leader with acclaimed expertise and an impressive academic background. His integrity, compassion and record of mentoring medical students are traits at the heart of OUWB’s values.”

Carpenter most recently served as the Michael E. Maddens MD Distinguished Chair and professor of the department of internal medicine at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in Rochester, and Corewell Health’s William Beaumont University Hospital (WBUH), in Royal Oak.

In this, and his other hospital and system roles, he leads and represents more than 1,000 physicians and advanced practice providers in the provision of clinical care, the pursuit of innovative research, and the education and mentorship of future physicians and other health care providers.

Carpenter’s clinical subspecialty is in the field of infectious diseases, providing care for patients in both ambulatory and inpatient settings.

“Dr. Carpenter is well-respected by his peers and has a long history of educating medical students, residents, and fellows,” says Dr. Darryl Elmouchi, chief operating officer of Corewell Health. “He is a great fit for the role, and I am confident students will enjoy working with him.”

Carpenter’s recent research endeavors include leading a COVID-19 vaccine study at WBUH and performing health care cost-effectiveness analyses of zoster vaccination. He has served on several state and national committees, including the Food and Drug Administration Antimicrobial Drugs Advisory Committee and the FDA Medical Devices Panel.

Carpenter is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and he has served the Michigan Infectious Disease Society. Carpenter also participates in and supports the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine, including the Association of Professors of Medicine.

Carpenter earned his bachelor of science in Engineering and his doctor of medicine degree from the University of Michigan. He subsequently completed an internal medicine residency at Duke University followed by an infectious diseases fellowship at Johns Hopkins University before joining WBUH in 2000. Carpenter also earned his master of health services administration degree from the University of Michigan School of Public Health in 2017.