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Retirements

Ira Gewolb 

Dr. Ira Gewolb has served as tenured Professor and Chief of the Division of Neonatology and as Associate Chair for Research at MSU since 2004. Previously, he was tenured Professor and Chief of Neonatology at the University of Maryland (1989-2004). Before that, he was Associate Professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Director of Newborn Services at Jacobi Hospital (1982-1989). He has been Neonatology Fellowship Program Director at both MSU and University of Maryland.

Dr. Gewolb began his career at Yale University, earning a BS, Summa cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Honors in Biology (1972) and an MD (1976). He did his Pediatric residency at Harvard’s Boston Children’s Hospital (1976-1979) and then returned to Yale for his Neonatology training (1979-1982).

Dr. Gewolb is a member of the American Pediatric Society and the Society for Pediatric Research and was elected President of the Eastern Society for Pediatric Research (1996-1999). He has served on the board of directors for the Mid-Michigan March of Dimes. He holds 3 U.S. patents on probiotics and on a device to non-invasively diagnose gastroesophageal reflux in neonates. He has contributed 80 articles to the medical literature.

Ira has been honored by two Young Investigator Awards from the New England Perinatal Society, the Basil O’ Connor Research Award from the March of Dimes, and a Research Career Development Award from the Juvenile Diabetes Association. He has been a Principal or Co-Investigator on grants from United Cerebral Palsy, the NIH, the American Diabetes Association, and the National Eye Institute, among others.

In Russia, he was honored for his contributions by an honorary Professorship from the Kazan Institute of Medical Sciences in Tatarstan. In China he also taught and helped design a new NICU. In India he was involved in a successful NIH-sponsored project using probiotics to prevent infection in infants. In the future, he hopes to bring his latest invention to market, to cement his legacy as an internationally recognized physician. 

Steve Hadersbeck

As a landscape architect, managing a large academic building seemed an unlikely assignment for Steve Hadersbeck. Yet in 2008, when Michigan State University asked him to advise in the design of the College of Human Medicine’s Secchia Center and later to manage it, Hadersbeck jumped at the chance.

The new job, he said, was “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

After 21 years of a varied career with MSU, Hadersbeck will retire this summer.

“I’m leaving in terms of retirement,” he said, “but I’m not leaving in terms of where my heart is.”

Hadersbeck joined MSU in 1998 as a landscape architect on the East Lansing campus, where, he likes to say, “my fingerprints are walked across every day.” When Trowbridge Road was extended into the campus, he helped oversee the project, and he was the university’s project manager when the Farm Lane underpass below a railroad mainline was constructed to relieve traffic congestion.

After participating in the design of the Secchia Center and helping oversee its construction, Hadersbeck stayed on to manage it, the first time in MSU’s history, he said, that a facility’s manager had been involved in the design and construction process.

For nearly a decade, he has overseen the Secchia Center’s maintenance, heating and cooling equipment, elevators, electrical systems, life safety, exterior maintenance and landscaping, furniture repair and replacement, new construction and energy efficiency.

He considered it a major part of his job to save as much money as possible in heating, cooling and lighting the Secchia Center, which was granted LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

“My job,” he once said, “is to run it at the least cost possible. We’re always trying to make things better.”

In that he succeeded, cutting energy costs well below what had been predicted.

After he retires, Hadersbeck plans to continue his longtime volunteer work with Partners in Compassionate Care, a Grand Rapids-based nonprofit organization that provides medical services and facilities in war-torn South Sudan. As he has in the past, he will offer his expertise and advice in the construction of new buildings in the African nation.

“It’s not really retirement,” he said. “It’s my next adventure.”

Henry Barry

Henry C. Barry, MD, MS, professor in the Department of Family Medicine, will retire from Michigan State University after 30 years of service. He served as the senior associate dean for Faculty Affairs and Development and achieved the highest standards for instructional performance, scholarship, public outreach, and administrative service to the University.

Dr. Barry's scholarly focus has been to take a pragmatic approach to answering real world questions faced by students, educators, clinicians and patients. This pursuit of curiosity combined with a healthy dose of skepticism about information sources led to his interest in evidence-based medicine.

A leader in integrating evidence-based information into patient care, Dr. Barry was named as AAFP Senior Scholar in Residence at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in 2003. While at AHRQ, he helped develop the nation's first major initiative to support the planning, implementation and research on health information technology. Dr. Barry has become a nationally recognized expert in information mastery, serving as one of the founding editors of the highly regarded and highly impactful “POEMs” (Patient Oriented Evidence that Matters), a series of critical summaries of recent research. During the past 20 years, he has written on numerous clinical subjects. These POEMS have changed and improved the practice of tens of thousands of physicians around the world.

He derives his greatest joy in seeing people maximize their potential, whether it is their health or in their careers. He feels grateful that the College of Human Medicine has facilitated the career growth and personal development that enabled him to find joy, pursue excellence, learn new things, and make a difference in the lives of others.

Pat Brewer

Pat Brewer, PhD, chief of the Morrill Learning Society and professor, Department of Radiology, Division of Anatomy, retired after more than 40 years of service to medical education, with her final nine years serving her alma mater, Michigan State University.

During her tenure, Dr. Brewer held many positions with the College of Human Medicine including assistant dean for Student Development in the Office of Student Affairs and Services, assistant Block II director and assistant director for Problem-Based Learning in the Legacy Curriculum, as well as Anatomy Site Director for the Grand Rapids campus.

Over the course of her career, Pat received numerous teaching awards to include three Green Apples and two Excellence in Teaching Awards for Preclinical Faculty at MSU. Pat feels honored and blessed to have worked with dedicated colleagues at the College of Human Medicine and to have had the opportunity to teach brilliant, empathetic and kind students who hold the future of health care in their capable hands. There has been no greater joy than to “eat the elephant one bite at a time” with these wonderful students and to see them pursue their careers in medicine and touch so many lives.

John Molidor

John B. Molidor, PhD, community assistant dean for the Flint Campus and MSU-FAME CEO/president, will retire from Michigan State University on July 1. During his 46 years of service, Dr. Molidor has had the distinct honor of serving with every dean in the college's history. He came to Michigan State University for doctoral work in cognitive psychology and subsequently spent his entire professional career with the College of Human Medicine. He began as a research assistant in the Office of Medical Education and Development and later served as dean of admissions, student affairs and educational programs. After a brief sabbatical at the Association of American Medical Colleges, he became the community assistant dean for the Flint Campus, a role he held for 33 years. During his tenure, he was promoted to professor in OMERAD and the Department of Psychiatry.

Dr. Molidor served on numerous regional and national committees and task forces for the AAMC, including the Group on Student Affairs and the Group on Regional Medical Campuses.

Following his extensive career in medical education, Dr. Molidor will transition into speaking and researching neuroscience and leadership, consulting with C-suite individuals and teams, and writing a following-up to his book "Crazy Good Interviewing."

Read Dr. Molidor's retirement farewell letter

Tom Tomlinson

Tom Tomlinson, PhD, professor, Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, retired from Michigan State University after more than 38 years of service. He first came to the university as a freshman in 1963 and went on to receive a BS in Psychology, MA in Philosophy and a PhD in Philosophy, all from MSU. In 1981, he joined the College of Human Medicine as a faculty member of the Medical Humanities Program, which later became the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences for which he was director from 2000 to 2018. 

Dr. Tomlinson has an extensive and diverse record of publication in bioethics, addressing issues in clinical care, medical and scientific research and health policy. This work has been supported by numerous external grants, including funding from the National Institutes for Health. In addition to his scholarly work, he has also provided consultations to hospitals in Michigan and elsewhere, advising on the care of individual patients and on ethics-related hospital policies and practices, most recently serving as the Chair of the Ethics Committee at Sparrow Health Systems. He has been active in national professional organizations, having served as the founding Treasurer for the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities and the Association of Bioethics Program Directors.

In other roles within the university, he served as the Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Health and Humanities in the College of Arts and Letters, Director of the Center for Ethics and as dissertation director for a number of doctoral students in Philosophy.

In retirement, Tom looks forward to spending more time playing guitar, getting his surfboard into Lake Michigan, working on his 1966 Karmann Ghia and spending more time with Deborah, his wife of 51 years.