Seton Hall Welcomes New Dean of the School of Medicine

By Amanda Sulkosky,
Stillman News Writer
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Dr. Bonita Stanton, an expert in pediatric medicine, was named the founding dean of Seton Hall University and Hackensack University Health Network’s new school of medicine this past month. Stanton is scheduled to begin her new role in March, with the intended opening of the school to be in fall 2018.

In response to this announcement Stanton stated, “I am honored and delighted to accept the opportunity to lead the development of an integrated education, research, and care delivery system at a new school of medicine with such visionary partners.”

Stanton has a very impressive resume, which includes being the Vice Dean for Research at Wayne State University School of Medicine for the past four years. She graduated from Wellesley College and Yale University School of Medicine, where she completed her pediatric residency and Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship. She also has numerous experiences in varying health institutions.

“Whether working with low income populations in the United States, women and children in Bangladesh, migrant workers in China or rural youth in Africa, Dean Stanton’s calling has been to bring the healing and compassion of healthcare to the world’s most vulnerable peoples,” said Seton Hall University President A. Gabriel Esteban during the announcement.

It is evident that Stanton not only has the work experience, but also the leadership qualities to successfully lead the new school.

Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of the Hackensack University Health Network (UHN), shared the same thought process as President Esteban.

In fact, Garrett stated, “President Esteban and I are confident that Dr. Stanton with her outstanding background and accomplishments will lead this school of medicine to become one of the finest in the United States, while maintaining our shared tradition and mission to educate the physicians of tomorrow in a groundbreaking, collaborative environment.”

Seton Hall University and Hackensack UHN decided to work together in order to form the new, four-year medical school due to the growing physician shortage faced in the United States. Seton Hall’s plan is to co-locate the current nursing and health and medical science programs with the new school of medicine.

The new school has received a $16.9 million award from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority’s Grow NJ program, which will greatly help financing and moving the project forward.

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, March 22nd print edition.

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