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NSU Medical School Welcomes New Faculty and Staff Members

NSU College of Osteopathic Medicine recently added four faculty and staff members to the Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine, the Department of Internal Medicine, and the programs of Interprofessional Primary Care Education and public health, respectively.

James Blount, B.A., joined the Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine in February as program administrator. Blount received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Coker College in Hartsville, South Carolina, and has considerable experience in research and data management.

Mark Rice, B.S., who joined the Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine (INIM) in March as a data analyst I, received his Bachelor of Science in IT-Software Development from Florida International University and has been involved with the INIM since 2012.

Cristina E. Savu, D.O., joined the Department of Internal Medicine on March 1 as assistant professor of internal medicine. Savu is a 2008 NSU-COM graduate and completed her internship and residency at Broward Health Medical Center. Prior to joining the NSU-COM faculty, Savu participated in the Broward Health Physician Group as an internist.

Kamilah N. Thomas-Purcell, Ph.D., M.P.H., CHES, director of the Interprofessional Primary Care Education Program and assistant professor of public health, joined NSU-COM in November 2013. Previously, she was an assistant professor at St. George’s University School of Medicine in St. George’s, Grenada, West Indies. Thomas-Purcell has conducted research with distinguished organizations including the United Nations Population Fund, amFAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, Moffitt Comprehensive Cancer Center and Research Institute, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.