Interim Executive Director, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital
Chris J. Dickinson, M.D. attended Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan where he received a B.A. in Chemistry, followed by his M.D. degree in 1981. He then completed a General Pediatric Residency at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1984, he began a Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship Program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Dr. Dickinson became a faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics in July 1986 and has continued to serve in the division of Pediatric Gastroenterology as the chief of the division from July 1999 through June 2011.
Dr. Dickinson served as an Associate Chief of Staff for the Office of Clinical Affairs beginning June 2003 and concluding in July 2011. He was appointed as the Pediatric Associate Chief Medical Officer (PACMO) for the University of Michigan and C.S. Mott Children’s and Women’s Hospital, on July 1st, 2011. On April 5th, 2012 Dr. Dickinson was appointed as the Interim Executive Director for the University of Michigan and C.S. Mott Children’s and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Dickinson has been deeply involved in several safety and quality initiatives throughout the entire health system since becoming an Associate Chief. In his new role as PACMO and as the Interim Executive Director, he will continue to focus and achieve new safety and quality standards primarily in new C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital.
Valerie P. Castle, M.D.
Chair, Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases
Valerie P. Castle, M.D., is the Ravitz Foundation Professor of Pediatrics and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases at the University of Michigan Medical School, Physician in Chief of the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, Michigan and a pediatric hematologist-oncologist.
Dr. Castle, a native of Canada, received her B.A from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, completed a B.Sc. program at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario and obtained her M.D. from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Castle completed her pediatric internship and residency from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and went on to complete a fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology at the University of Michigan in 1990. In that same year, Dr. Castle joined the University of Michigan faculty. Dr. Castle’s research focuses almost exclusively on the pediatric solid tumor, neuroblastoma. She is specifically interested in mechanisms of chemotherapy and radiation resistance as well as studies on the control of neuroblastoma invasion and metastases. She is a member of the National Cancer Coalition and has participated on the Advisory Committee for the development of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines for the clinical treatment of neuroblastoma.
Dr. Castle has published over 80 manuscripts and chapters. She serves as the Vice-Chair for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Scientific Advisory Board and has been recognized by awards including the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute Scholar Award, numerous “Top Resident Teacher” awards. Dr. Castle is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS).
John M. Park, M.D.,
Associate Professor, Pediatric Urology
John M. Park,M.D., was elected Surgeon-in-Chief at C.S. Mott Children’s
Hospital in 2011. He is also the Cheng-Yang Chang Professor in the division of Pediatric Urology. Dr. Park graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1990 and completed his urology residency training at the University of Michigan Medical Center in 1995. In 1997, Dr. Park went to the Harvard Children's Hospital in Boston to complete his fellowship training in pediatric urology. He returned to the University of Michigan in 1999 as an Assistant Professor to join the Division of Pediatric Urology and assumed the role of Director of Pediatric Urology in 2001.
Dr. Park has had a long-standing interest in improving the care of children born with disorders of sex development (DSD), and he played an integral role in establishing the University of Michigan Clinical Center for DSD. He has also taken a delight in providing charity care to children from around the world with complex urological problems. Dr. Park has contributed his scholarly work at numerous international, national, and regional meetings and publications. His research excellence has been recognized in the form of numerous grants and awards from the National Institute of Health (NIH), Urodynamic Society, American Academy of Pediatrics, Society for Basic Urological Research, and the American Urological Association.
As the surgeon-in-Chief, Dr. Park is responsible for organizing the surgical services and providing optimal care of patients in our 16 state-of-the-art operating and procedure rooms.