Boonshoft School of Medicine



Enhance our distinctive learning experience to produce talented graduates with the knowledge and skills essential for critical thinking, meaningful civic engagement, international competency, an appreciation for the arts, lifelong learning and the ability to lead and adapt in a rapidly changing world.

Objective B
Diversify and enrich academic and professional programs, including non-degree.

  • The Department of Neuroscience and Physiology developed an Anatomy Teaching track to meet demand for teachers of anatomy.
  • The Boonshoft School of Medicine was the first medical school in the nation to implement Team-Based Learning, giving students real-world experience by working closely in small groups to master material, applying their knowledge to clinical cases, and defending their diagnosis and treatment plans. Faculty have provided training in Team-Based Learning and curriculum development to more than 40 medical and health profession schools in the United States and more than 10 worldwide.

Objective C
Recruit and retain a nationally/internationally recognized diverse, learning centered faculty and staff.

  • Ann Burke, M.D., was named to the American Board of Pediatrics and the ABP Foundation in 2012. 

Objective D
Enhance the quantity and quality of dialogue with our various communities to ensure our academic relevance and distinctiveness.

  • Boonshoft School of Medicine hosted the national M.D./M.B.A. conference Physician Leadership in the 21st Century in 2009. 



Enhance student access to and successful participation in higher education through quality and innovative instruction and student life programs that increase graduation and career placement for a diverse student body.

Objective A
Improve the enrollment and retention of direct-from-high-school, graduate and nontraditional student populations.

  • In 2008, the Boonshoft School of Medicine’s Horizons in Medicine program celebrated its 13th anniversary of providing science and health care instruction to local students, mostly from disadvantaged or minority backgrounds. 

Objective B
Enhance the academic success of students.

  • Boonshoft School of Medicine’s innovative community-based medical education program produced graduates who are accepted into the nation’s top residency programs, including Harvard’s Cambridge Health Alliance, Stanford, Cleveland Clinic, Duke, and Mayo Clinic.
  • Medical student Colleen McCormick was one of 18 rising students across the nation to receive an American Medical Association Foundation 2012 Physicians of Tomorrow Award.
  • Medical student Jason E. Thuener received the American Medical Association Foundation's 2011 Leadership Award, which recognizes outstanding non-clinical leadership skills in advocacy, community service, and education.
  • Nick Ritucci, Ph.D., and Larry Ream, Ph.D., received Teaching Excellence Awards from the Boonshoft School of Medicine.



Expand our scholarship in innovative and targeted ways to address regional, national and global needs.

Objective A
Build a national and international research reputation

  • Wright State and Premier Health formed the Clinical Trials Research Alliance to combine the biomedical research expertise of the Boonshoft School of Medicine with the clinical resources of the hospital system to increase medical research opportunities for physicians and clinicians. The alliance will increase patient access to research studies in the Dayton region by more efficiently linking investigators to study sponsors and streamlining the infrastructure to speed the entire process.
  • The Neuroscience Engineering Collaboration (NEC) Building, which will be completed in 2015, will serve as a collaborative research location for Wright State’s neuroscience and engineering scholars from a number of departments from the Boonshoft School of Medicine, the College of Science and Mathematics, and the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Researchers in the NEC Building will focus on translational neuroscience research, neuroimaging, and device development.
  • The Wright State University and Premier Health Partners Neuroscience Institute and the Wright State Research Institute are partnering with the Air Force and a regional consortium of companies to solve human performance challenges in the areas of neuroscience and medical imaging, intelligence analyst performance, autonomous systems, and other domains.
  • Neuroscience, Cell Biology, and Physiology faculty received a prestigious NIH Program Project Grant in Neuroscience.
  • Ties between Wright State’s Aerospace Medicine Residency program and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base are expanding and flourishing under the Base Realignment and Closure-directed consolidation.
  • Boonshoft School of Medicine increased grant awards by nearly $700,000 to more than $27 million.
  • Work continues on the Fels Longitudinal Study, the world’s largest and longest-running study of human growth and body composition, thanks in part to more than $13 million in NIH funding.
  • In 2009, Katherine Cauley, Ph.D., was selected to serve on the World Health Organization’s Expert Advisory Group for Innovative Technologies for the “Global Initiative on Health Technologies” project.
  • In 2010, the Boonshoft School of Medicine and Miami Valley Hospital announced the formation of the Wright State and Premier Health Neuroscience Institute to speed the transfer of research discoveries from bench to bedside, improving the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders such as stroke.
  • The Wright State and Premier Health Neuroscience Institute presented its inaugural symposium Selected Topics in Translational Neuroscience in 2012.
  • In 2012, Dawn Wooley, Ph.D., was selected to serve on the prestigious 21-member Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee.
  • In 2012, the Boonshoft School of Medicine partnered with the Wright State Research Institute and Premier Health to create the Wright State University and Premier Health Clinical Trials Research Alliance to increase medical research opportunities for physicians and clinicians and boost access to clinical trials in the Dayton region.
  • In 2013, Boonshoft School of Medicine researchers were awarded a $4.6 million National Institutes of Health grant to improve the movement of badly injured limbs.
  • Medical student Matias Iberico received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship in medical sciences to research pediatric tuberculosis among impoverished populations in Peru.
  • The Medical Mentoring program connected pre-med students with Boonshoft School of Medicine students.

Objective B
Enhance Research and Sponsored Programs infrastructure, leading to more external funding.

  • The Boonshoft Center for Genomics Research provides state-of-the-art technical assistance and facilities to support Wright State researchers, as well as industry partners and collaborations with the 711th Human Performance Wing at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
  • The National Institutes of Health awarded Thomas L. Brown, Ph.D., a grant of more than $1.5 million to investigate preeclampsia and other pregnancy-related disorders leading to premature births.

Objective C
Foster discovery at all levels in the educational pipeline (K–16+)

  • In 2010, the Boonshoft School of Medicine received $2.1 million from National Institutes of Health to support two innovative programs that prepare students to pursue careers in biomedical science: the STREAMS and GRAD-PREP programs. STREAMS encourages college students who are members of underrepresented minority groups and students with disabilities to choose careers in cardiovascular-related research. GRAD-PREP provides research and academic training in the biomedical/behavioral sciences for post-baccalaureate students from underrepresented groups and those with disabilities who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree.



Provide leadership to promote and support social, cultural and economic development within the region through our collaborations with local, state, national and global partners.

Objective A
Increase the opportunities within the curriculum for community engagement.

  • The Boonshoft School of Medicine introduced a service-learning requirement in 2008 for first- and second-biennium students.

Objective B
Enhance the university’s presence with the Dayton/West Central Ohio regions, and beyond, in ways that benefit communities.

  • The Wright State Physicians building opened, offering an array of care, including neurology, sports medicine orthopedics, family medicine, geriatrics, and dermatology.
  • The Boonshoft School of Medicine’s Center for Interventions, Treatment, and Addictions Research collaborated with area school districts on the Dayton Area Drug Survey, which provides estimates of non-medical drug use by school-aged teenagers in the Dayton area.
  • In 2012, Larry Lawhorne, M.D., began a geriatric study of the Patient-Centered Medical Home for People Living with Dementia, providing 30 households with access to both electronic health records and an interdisciplinary team for medical care.
  • The Center for Interventions, Treatment, and Addictions Research continued to advance the scientific understanding of substance abuse and its treatment through a wide array of programs including Weekend Intervention Program; Substance Abuse Resources and Disability Issues and Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Drugs and Disability; the Opioid Use Trajectories and HIV Risk Among Young Adults in Ohio study; and the Wright Health Study.
  • The Boonshoft School of Medicine partnered with Reach Out to provide medical care to Montgomery County’s poor and uninsured.
  • In an effort to expand substance abuse care in Ohio, the Boonshoft School of Medicine partnered with the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services to expand technology-assisted care to people with disabilities or mental illness and their families.

Objective C
Offer degree and other education programs consistent with regional and state needs.

  • The Boonshoft School of Medicine Center for Global Health worked to improve the quality, efficiency, and access to health care in the local community while helping develop national models through its Global Health Systems Program.
  • In 2012, Wright State and the Dayton VA Medical Center partnered to provide graduate medical education to nearly 160 residents and fellows, including 59 active duty military personnel.
  • In 2009, the Boonshoft School of Medicine created the new Division of Tactical Emergency Medicine, which is part of the school’s Department of Emergency Medicine.
  • Julie Gentile, M.D., served as project director for two grant-funded statewide projects: Ohio’s Coordinating Center of Excellence in Mental Illness/Intellectual Disability, which provides educational programs, comprehensive psychiatric assessments to patients with mental illness and intellectual disability, and Dual Diagnosis Intervention Teams in 55 counties; and Ohio’s Telepsychiatry Project for Intellectual Disability, which serves low-income individuals with mental illness/intellectual disability in 75 counties. In 2009, Gentile received the National Association for the Dually Diagnosed Award for Clinical Practice, and in 2010, she received the American Psychiatric Association’s Frank J. Menolascino Award for her work with patients with developmental disabilities.
  • In 2009, the Boonshoft School of Medicine and Fairborn broke ground on the National Center for Medical Readiness Tactical Laboratory at Calamityville.



Develop and sustain the human, financial and physical resources required to accomplish the university’s strategic goals.

Objective A
Encourage and support the professional development and wellness of faculty and staff.

  • In 2012, Wright State Physicians opened its new building on campus, providing a convenient place for students, faculty, and staff, as well as residents of Clark, Montgomery, and Greene Counties, to receive medical care. 

Objective B
Enhance fiscal and operational management.

  • The Boonshoft School of Medicine and the Miami Valley Hospital formed the Wright State University & Premier Health Partners Neuroscience Institute with a $4.35 million gift from the Miami Valley Hospital.

Objective C
Generate increased revenue.

  • The Boonshoft School of Medicine’s revenue grew 7 percent in FY09.
  • A 2008 economic impact study commissioned by the Ohio Council of Medical Deans found that the Boonshoft School of Medicine, its medical student education and research enterprise, Wright State Physicians, and the resident training and research enterprise of its affiliated hospitals contributed $850.5 million to the state's economy and generated $24 million in state government revenue, while supporting 13,334 jobs.

Objective D
Increase investments in facilities/technologies to achieve strategic goals.

  • The Neuroscience Engineering Collaboration Building, which is expected to be completed in 2015, will serve as a collaborative research location for Wright State’s neuroscience and engineering departments. 
  • In 2008, the Boonshoft School of Medicine unveiled the Gandhi Medical Education Center in White Hall, featuring more than 84,000 square feet of lecture halls, classrooms, laboratories, and computer labs devoted to the specialized training of tomorrow’s finest medical professionals.