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College of Medicine hires from within for new leader of research

Dr. S. Sethu K. Reddy, new Senior Associate Dean of the College of Medicine. Photo courtesy of Central Michigan University

The College of Medicine has chosen Dr. S. Sethu K. Reddy to lead research efforts at Central Michigan University after a national search for candidates for a new Senior Associate Dean of Research.

Reddy has been a professor and chair of medicine at CMU since 2017 and has spent years in clinical and research positions, having studied and worked for institutions in the United States and Canada, including the University of Toronto and the Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard University. 

A specialist in endocrinology, Reddy said he wishes to focus on all research, not just in his field. Reddy hopes to continue and nurture collaborative efforts between CMU scientists and all their partners, both nationally and internationally.

“We have to think outside of the box and of various combinations of research,” Reddy said. “There are only 11 or 12 variables or ingredients that are available at Starbucks, but the number of drinks one can create, I think, are 1000 or more. Given the limited number of ingredients or a number of scientists, I think there are many innovative ways to collaborate.”

Reddy said that, during his time as dean, he would like to see more students in the College of Medicine and more publications from them.  

“I will be considered successful if scientists at CMED become more successful,” said Reddy. “That’s motivation to me.”