AUC Board of Trustees

Download: Board of Trustees Bios as of 05-10-11

Robert J. Sokol, M.D.

Chairman of the Board of Trustees
The John M. Malone, Jr., M.D., Endowed Chair and Director, C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth and Development
Distinguished Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Wayne State University School of Medicine

Dr. Robert J. Sokol currently serves as Director of the C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth and Development in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. Dr. Sokol graduated with the highest distinction in philosophy and from medical school with honors from the University of Rochester in New York. After residency training at Washington University/Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., and after serving as Dr. Willard Allen’s last executive Chief Resident, he served in the Air Force as a Major and then completed a fellowship at Maternal-Fetal Medicine, as well as joining the faculty, first at the University of Rochester and then at Metrohealth/Case Western Reserve in Cleveland. He worked his way up to Professor and Director of the Perinatal Clinical Research Center.

Recruited as Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Wayne State University School of Medicine/Detroit Medical Center in 1983, he served as Dean and Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs from 1988 until 1999. Dr. Sokol is considered an internationally recognized expert in the area of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

In 1986, he established and directed the National Institutes of Health-funded WSU Fetal Alcohol Research Center, the only center of its kind in the country at the time. He is currently focused on risk detection and prevention methodology. He is Project Manager for services in support of the Perinatology Research Branch of the NICHD as well as PI for Obstetrics for the Michigan Alliance for the National Children’s Study (five counties in Michigan).

He was recently appointed founding Chair of a University Department of Clinical and Translational Science.

Dr. Sokol’s research and research administrative work, focused primarily on the adverse consequences of prenatal alcohol and drug exposure, as well as other perinatal risks, has been supported with approximately $250 million in grants and contracts, mainly from NIH. Listed as a “Best Doctor” for many years, Dr. Sokol’s many honors include previously serving as the President of the WSU Academy of Scholars. He has also served as the President of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and of the Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; he chaired the Liaison Committee for Obstetrics and Gynecology and currently serves as Editorin-Chief of the ACOG UPDATE, the monthly audio CME publication. He was the Founding Chair of the Society of Maternal-Fetal-Medicine Foundation and was honored with an award for his outstanding “dedication and leadership,” as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award from SMFM. He is a founding member of the American Board of Addiction Medicine and the ABAM Foundation and serves as Treasurer of those Boards and is a member of the American Medical Association Medical School Section Governing Council. He has received over 15 national research awards and continues to publish extensively, with well over 300 refereed papers and 1000 other publications (books, chapters, abstracts and miscellaneous articles).


The Rev’d Jeffrey L. Hamblin, M.D.

Secretary of the Board of Trustees

The Rev’d Jeffrey L. Hamblin, M.D., is an AUC alumnus who presently serves as Unit Chief of the Adolescent Girls’ Psychiatric Unit at Kings County Hospital in New York. Dr. Hamblin also works in the Psychiatric Emergency Room at Kings County as psychiatrist in charge and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Downstate SUNY in Brooklyn with teaching responsibilities in the classroom as well as on the clinical service. He serves as a psychiatric consultant to the New York State Research programs of the Infant Child Learning Center and the H.E.A.T. program.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, and his Masters of Divinity in 1980 from Nashotah House, Nashotah, Wis. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1980. Dr. Hamblin completed all but project for the Doctorate of Ministry at Drew University, and holds a Masters in Medical Science from AUC (1990). He completed a residency in psychiatry at SUNY Downstate, Brooklyn in 1997 and his fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 1999. He is the priest in charge of Christ Church, Bay Ridge and is also involved in producing musical theatre and cabaret in New York City. Dr. Hamblin has served on the board at AUC for 15 years in various capacities, including chairman of the board. Currently, he serves as the board’s secretary. He is a member of the Alumni Association and has assisted at open houses and other events. His unique combination of medicine and ministry, academics and ethics has served the purposes of AUC well.


David Campbell, FACHE

David Campbell has more than 25 years in the leadership and management of hospitals and health systems. He has extensive operational experience and expertise in multiple health care settings that includes an established record of leading teaching institutions experiencing severe financial stress through significant organizational change and integration. His leadership also includes the development and implementation of programs to create a service oriented, proactive culture in financially challenged institutions with a history of difficult labor relations. He has done extensive consulting in strategic and operational assessment, mergers and acquisitions, physician alignment, and operational improvement. Campbell has served as President and CEO of Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers of New York, The Detroit Medical Center in Detroit and Allegheny Health Services in Pittsburgh. He has also served in senior leadership positions at Henry Ford Health System and The University of Michigan Hospitals.

Campbell has a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in Hospital Administration from the University of Michigan. Campbell has a number of professional affiliations including serving as a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.


Robert J. Chertok, Ph.D.

Robert J. Chertok received his bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina with a major in Biology. His post-graduate work included a master’s degree in Cell Biology from the University of Miami and a Ph.D. in Renal Physiology from the University of Miami School of Medicine. He was a senior scientist in the Biomedical Division at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory and a division leader at the Comparative Animal Research Laboratory-Oak Ridge Associated Universities. His research included transport studies in the kidney and gastrointestinal tract and the fate of radionuclides produced by nuclear cratering events at the Nevada Test Site. In 1983, Dr. Chertok joined the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine as a Professor of Physiology. In 1987, he was appointed Dean of Medical Sciences and served in that capacity until his retirement in December of 2002. While in St. Maarten, he was also on the Board of Directors of the St. Maarten Medical Center. Since his retirement, he has been serving on the Board of Trustees of the American University of the Caribbean.

Professor Ronald M. Harden


Professor Ronald M. Harden graduated from the medical school in Glasgow in the United Kingdom. He practiced as an endocrinologist before moving full time to medical education. He is currently the editor of Medical Teacher and General Secretary and Treasurer of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE).

Professor Harden was formerly Professor of Medical Education, Teaching Dean and Director of the Centre for Medical Education at the University of Dundee.

He is committed to developing new approaches to medical education, curriculum planning and to teaching and learning. Ideas which he has pioneered include the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) which has been universally adopted as a standard approach to assessment of clinical competence. He has published more than 400 papers in leading journals and is co-editor of the best-selling book “A Practical Guide for Medical Teachers.”

He has been noticed for his contributions to excellence in medical education, including being awarded an honorary fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians, Surgeons of Canada. He was also recognized with the prestigious Hubbard Award by the National Board of Medical Examiners in the USA and by the Kellogg Foundation for his contributions to medical education in South America. He was awarded by the Queen the OBE for his services to medical education and was presented with the ‘Mentoring, Innovation and Leadership in Education Scholarship’ (MILES) award for ‘outstanding contributions to the advancement of global medical education and academic medicine’ in Singapore in 2006.

That same year, Professor Harden was the winner of the Karolinska Institutet Prize for Research in Medical Education. The purpose of the prize is to recognise and stimulate high quality research in medical education in order to promote long-term improvements of educational practices in medical training. In 2009, Professor Harden was awarded the ASME Richard Farrow Gold Medal, in recognition of the contributions he has made to medical education. In 2010 he was the recipient of the AMEE Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his contributions to medical education and the work of the Association.


Richard A Kitch, J.D.

Richard A. Kitch received his LLB, with distinction, from Wayne State University Law School. He is a founding Principal and President of Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook, a law firm of approximately 113 attorneys, with five offices in Michigan, Ohio and Illinois.

He has been a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers since 1978, a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Federal Bar Association and is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the State of Michigan, Eastern and Western Districts and the U.S.
Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit.

His diversified practice has included the representation of health care providers for over 54 years. He is former Vice Chairman of the St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital Board of Trustees and Chairman of the Hospital’s Quality Committee.

He is a former member of the Board of Directors of FinCor Insurance Co. and the Michigan Hospital Association Insurance Co., and has authored numerous articles relating, in part, to health care issues. He has been a member of numerous legal and health care organizations, and as a member of the MHA Task Force for medical liability reform and the Michigan Medical Liability Reform Coalition, he was a key factor in drafting and securing legislative approval for Michigan’s very successful 1993 Medical Malpractice Tort Reform Legislation.