Two interim Creighton University School of Medicine chairs have taken the helm of their departments for good. Interim medical dean Robert Dunlay, M.D., appointed Poonam Sharma, MBBS, chair of the Department of Pathology and Thomas Svolos, M.D., chair of the Department of Psychiatry.
Since joining the Creighton faculty in 2004, Sharma, a well-published pathologist, has served in several academic and administrative roles, most recently as vice-chair and associate professor in the Department of Pathology. According to school leadership, she proved herself as an administrator during the clinical laboratory consolidation and movement of faculty into Alegent Creighton Clinic.
"In her role as vice-chair of the department, Dr. Sharma worked collaboratively with the School of Medicine and Alegent Creighton Health leadership to resolve complex departmental issues related to the new alliance," says Dunlay. "Under her leadership, the Creighton Medical Laboratories have made positive strides toward improving quality of pathology services and expanding business."
Sharma received her medical training at Lady Hardinge Medical College at India's University of Delhi before completing a residency and post-graduate degree in obstetrics and gynecology. Sharma then returned to school in 1999 to complete a residency in pathology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center followed by a Surgical Pathology Fellowship at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill.
Svolos, who joined the faculty at Creighton in 2001, is an internationally-recognized psychoanalyst and a psychiatrist and a member of the New Lacanian School and the World Association of Psychoanalysis. Prior to serving as chair of the Department of Psychiatry, he worked as director of psychotherapy training, associate training director for the residency program, medical director for outpatient services and director of continuing medical education. Svolos has also championed the Creighton Rural Psychiatry and Telehealth Initiative, an effort to bring mental health services to patients in rural Nebraska.
"He has been an innovator in the use of telemedicine in psychiatric care and postgraduate education," says Dunlay. "Under his leadership, the department has positioned itself for future success with Alegent Creighton Health, the Omaha Veterans Administration Medical Center, Lasting Hope and other partners."
Svolos earned his medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco, and completed a psychiatric residency with the Creighton-Nebraska Psychiatry Residency Training Program. He sits on the editorial boards of several journals and has given lectures and organized meetings and conferences in Omaha, across the United States and in Europe. Svolos? writings on psychoanalysis and related subjects have appeared in numerous journals and in several languages, and he is preparing his first solo-authored book for submission.