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College of Medicine Appoints Interim Academic Chairs to Lead Key Clinical Departments

March 26, 2020

Drexel University College of Medicine is pleased to announce the appointment of interim academic chairs to three key clinical departments.

These faculty physicians come to the College from Tower Health's Reading Hospital. Each of these doctors has the experience, expertise and collaborative mindset necessary to help their departments drive innovation in academics, research and community impact.

Cecilia Smith, MD: Medicine

Cecelia M. Smith, DO, will serve as a professor and interim academic chair of the Department of Medicine. Dr. Smith also holds an appointment as the chair of the Department of Medicine at Reading Hospital. She studied at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, completed an internal medicine residency at Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital, and completed a pulmonary and critical care fellowship at the University of California, San Diego. As a UCSD professor of medicine, Dr. Smith was also the associate dean for medical center affairs (graduate medical education). In 2004, she left UCSD to serve as chair of medicine at Reading Hospital, where she is developing and expanding residency and fellowship programs.

David Tichansky, MD, MBA: Surgery

David Tichansky, MD, MBA, will serve as a professor and interim academic chair of the Department of Surgery, while continuing his work as the inaugural program director for Reading Hospital's General Surgery Residency program. Dr. Tichansky earned his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and his medical degree from UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School-Newark. He completed a surgical residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and moved on to two fellowships: one in surgical oncology research at Jefferson and the Wistar Institute, and the other in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Tichansky returned to Jefferson as a professor of surgery, the division chief for minimally invasive, metabolic and bariatric surgery, and the director of the Bariatric Surgery Fellowship program. In 2018, he came to Reading Hospital to serve as chair of the Department of Surgery.

Mark Woodland, MD: Obstetrics & Gynecology

Mark B. Woodland, MS, MD, will work as a clinical professor and interim academic chair of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology. He will return to the College of Medicine, where he worked for over 20 years as the Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency program director and vice dean for graduate medical education, after joining Reading Hospital in 2015 as the chair of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Dr. Woodland graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine, completed an internship at George Washington University Medical Center and his obstetrics and gynecology residency at Pennsylvania Hospital. Now, he will maintain his dual roles with the College and with Reading Hospital in addition to serving as one of six physicians on the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine and as chair on the Council of Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology for the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

"These appointments, which are a natural evolution of our multi-campus model, reflect our solid partnership with Tower Health as well as its wealth of talented physician leaders," said Charles B. Cairns, MD, the Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Dean and senior vice president of medical affairs.