Future North Jersey medical school gets dean

February 24, 2016

From Yale Medical School to the slums of Bangladesh, Dr. Bonita Stanton has learned that expensive treatment doesn’t guarantee the best outcomes and that more patients could benefit from routine and preventive care provided outside of hospitals — services many can’t access.

Stanton, who served as a dean, a researcher who published 300 peer-reviewed articles and an adviser to the World Health Organization, will mold the curriculum based on those principles as the founding dean of New Jersey’s first medical school to open in 50 years.

Stanton was welcomed Wednesday by dozens of officials from Seton Hall University and the parent company of Hackensack University Medical Center, organizations that are creating a medical school at the former Hoffmann-La Roche pharmaceutical site in Nutley and Clifton.

The appointment of Stanton is an essential move toward accreditation of the school, which is expected to welcome its first class of students in 2018.

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PHOTO: Dr. Bonita Stanton discussing her appointment on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. Photographed by Chris Pedota.