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SHSU Names Interim Dean of Osteopathic Medical School

Jan. 5, 2022
SHSU Media Contact: Emily Binetti

By Hannah Haney

Dr. Shannon Ramsey-JimenezDr. Shannon Ramsey-Jimenez, Chair of the Department of Primary Care and Clinical Medicine, has been named interim dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Sam Houston State University (SHSU-COM).

During a semester kick-off meeting, Jimenez expressed that she is excited and humbled to have been recommended and appointed to the role. She also outlined a few key initiatives for the upcoming year, including continuing to support SHSU-COM’s mission of improving primary care access and workforce needs in the state, recruiting top faculty, preceptors, and students, and continuing to focus on research.

Michael T. Stephenson, provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs, said that Jimenez will serve in the position vacated by the college’s founding dean, Dr. Charles E. Henley, who announced his retirement in December. Chien-pin Li, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, will chair the new dean search committee. SHSU will use a search firm to assist in conducting a national search to identify the best candidates for this position–with a goal of having a new dean in place by Summer 2022.

Jimenez’s personal mission is to help produce more primary care doctors for underserved areas where they are needed.

A graduate of Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Jimenez completed her internship and residency in Family Medicine at Garden City Hospital in Garden City, Michigan and was Board Certified in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy in 1999.

COM Wellness Clinic Jimenez has served as vice-chair and chair of the Department of Medicine at Wayne Memorial Hospital and also served on several hospital committees including Patient Safety and the Ethics and Executive committee. She was a delegate to the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) for 15 years and served on the ACOFP committee on federal legislation for nine years. She is currently on the ACOFP Business of Medicine committee. She was President of the NC Society of the ACOFP for seven years and has organized numerous CME conferences. She has also served on all positions for the board of the North Carolina Osteopathic Medical Association 2003-2015 and completed the Ohio University/ NYIT Health Policy Fellowship in 2009. She served on the review panel for the North Carolina Medical Board 2008-2010. Jimenez has been on several speaker’s bureaus and has taught students in her clinic for over 15 years. She was also among the founding Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine faculty and a Regional Assistant Dean at Campbell University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Jimenez started a solo practice in 2009 and grew it to five providers with 10,000 patients before she sold the practice to a university in 2018. She recently completed a Costin Fellowship for Medical Education at Midwestern University as well as a HRSA funded Primary Care Champions Fellowship at Campbell University.

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