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Longtime Admissions Leader Milford "Mickey" Foxwell, MD, to Step Down After 35 Years of Service to UMSOM; Sandra M. Quezada, MD, MS Named Interim Associate Dean for Admissions

September 04, 2018

Dr. Foxwell Heralded as Major Force in UMSOM’s Success Over Past Three Decades

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs James B. Kaper, PhD, announced today that Milford M. “Mickey” Foxwell, Jr., MD, who has served as Associate Dean for Admissions since 1990, will step down from his position and  transition to a new consulting role in UMSOM Admissions, beginning September 2, 2018, due to health reasons.  Sandra M. Quezada, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Medicine and currently Assistant Dean for Admissions, has been named Interim Associate Dean for Admissions, effective immediately. She will continue in her role as Assistant Dean for Academic and Multicultural Affairs and Course Director for Medical Spanish.

Sandra Quezada, MDDr. Foxwell, a well-known and highly respected medical school admissions leader, has built a legacy that few in his field can match.  In virtually every measure of admissions success – in particular, the quality and diversity of students -- the UMSOM has risen to its highest levels in history during his tenure.  He was the “face of UMSOM” to every student who applied to and/or matriculated in the MD Program at UMSOM over the past three decades, and was the most influential administrator in the School in selecting the students who would become future physicians.

"Mickey Foxwell has been one of our most dedicated, reliable, trustworthy colleagues and friends," said Dean Reece, who is also Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, UM Baltimore, and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor.  "He has always been the consummate professional -- consistently setting the highest standards of quality and excellence, and serving as an outstanding representative of our institution.  The UMSOM is what it is today, in part, because of the extraordinary and tireless investment of time and resources that he has made."

Dr. Foxwell, who is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine, received his undergraduate degree in 1975 from the University of Maryland College Park, and his medical degree in 1980 from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., and then returned to complete his residency at the University of Maryland Hospital and Baltimore Veterans Administration Medical Center. Dr. Foxwell served as chief resident in medicine at University of Maryland Hospital during the 1983-84 academic year.

Dr. Foxwell joined the faculty of the School of Medicine in 1984, and was appointed by then Dean John Dennis to the Admissions Committee in 1987.  He was appointed Assistant Dean for Admissions in 1989 and Associate Dean in 1990. During his time on the faculty, his activities have centered around the selection of future physicians and the teaching and mentoring of students on the wards. He continues to pursue his interest in the history of medicine and, in particular, of the University of Maryland School of Medicine.  He received the Golden Apple Award for best clinical teacher from the UMSOM Class of 1988.

Donna Parker, MD

Donna Parker, MD, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, who has worked with Dr. Foxwell for many years, said, “Mickey is a knowledgeable and caring physician to his patients, a kind and engaging teacher to our students and a dependable and good-humored colleague to our education team.  On that team, he has committed to the rigorous and thoughtful review of thousands of medical school applications each year to recruit bright, inquisitive and service-oriented students to the University of Maryland School of Medicine.  His transition will challenge all of us to step into these roles with grace and benevolence to honor his work.  We will all miss him and the generosity of his spirit, and we wish him much joy and tranquility in his retirement,” she said.

"Dr. Foxwell has been a tremendous colleague, to those of us at UMSOM, and also to other higher education administrators and faculty across the country.  In particular, he has worked extensively to build bridges and collaborations with other institutions, including many historically-black colleges and universities,” added Dr. Kaper, who is also Professor and Chair, UMSOM Department of Microbiology & Immunology.  “We are fortunate to have him continue in a consulting role, and to have Sandra Quezada ready to step in as we begin a new academic year."

Sandra M. Quezada, MD, MS, an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), joined the UMSOM Admissions Team as Assistant Dean in 2014. As a student, she was a member of the Admissions Committee as a second-year medical student in 2003-04 and again as a fourth-year student from 2005-06.  In 2017, she was appointed to the additional title of Assistant Dean for Academic and Multicultural Affairs in 2017.  In that role, she has spearheaded many new schoolwide diversity initiatives, co-chairing the Faculty Diversity Advisory Committee, and serving as the Co-Liaison to the Faculty Diversity Resource Panel, and as the Co-Liaison to the Resident & Fellow Diversity Workgroup.  On the national level, she serves as Chair of the Diversity Committee of the American Gastroenterological Association.

James Kaper, PhDIn 2017, she received the inaugural Dean’s Alumni Award for Diversity and Inclusion, as well as the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, and the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Outstanding Faculty Award. She has volunteered in the Latino Provider Network in Baltimore since 2014. and serves as a coach/ mentor in the Bridges of Baltimore mentoring program, working with Baltimore inner city youth from grade 6 through transition to college.

Dr. Quezada received her undergraduate degree from Hood College in Frederick, MD, and her medical degree from UMSOM.  She completed her postgraduate training in Internal Medicine at the University of Maryland and Baltimore VA Medical Center, and her fellowship training in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at UMMC. In addition, Dr. Quezada obtained a Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition at the Institute of Human Nutrition at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. She also obtained a Master of Science degree in Clinical Research at the UMSOM Department of Epidemiology and Public Health.

In 2018, UMSOM received 4,821 applications for the 160 spaces in its MD program, including 2,982 women. Under Dr. Foxwell’s leadership, the UMSOM has been a leader in enrolling a majority of female students in its entering class since 2000.  It wasn’t until this year that the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) reported that a majority of first year students in medical schools nationwide are now women.

About the University of Maryland School of Medicine

Commemorating its 211th Anniversary, the University of Maryland School of Medicine was chartered in 1807 as the first public medical school in the United States. It continues today as one of the fastest growing, top-tier biomedical research enterprises in the world -- with 43 academic departments, centers, institutes, and programs; and a faculty of more than 3,000 physicians, scientists, and allied health professionals, including members of the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences, and a distinguished recipient of the Albert E. Lasker Award in Medical Research.  With an operating budget of more than $1 billion, the School of Medicine works closely in partnership with the University of Maryland Medical Center and Medical System to provide research-intensive, academic and clinically-based care for more than 1.2 million patients each year. The School has over 2,500 students, residents, and fellows, and nearly $520 million in extramural funding, with most of its academic departments highly ranked among all medical schools in the nation in research funding. As one of the seven professional schools that make up the University of Maryland Baltimore campus, the School of Medicine has a total workforce of nearly 7,000 individuals. The combined School and Medical System (“University of Maryland Medicine”) has an annual budget of nearly $6 billion and an economic impact in excess of $15 billion on the state and local community. The School of Medicine faculty, which ranks as the 8th-highest public medical school in research productivity, is an innovator in translational medicine, with 600 active patents and 24 start-up companies. The School works locally, nationally, and globally, with research and treatment facilities in 36 countries around the world. Visit medschool.umaryland.edu

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