Chris Dickinson, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer,
Interim Executive Director
Dr. Chris J. Dickinson 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. He served as the chief of the division of Pediatric Gastroenterology from July 1999 through June 2011. Dr. Dickinson continues to serve as a practicing faculty member in the division of Pediatric Gastroenterology.
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 Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for the University of Michigan, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital, on July 1st, 2011. Dr. Dickinson was asked to serve as the interim Executive Director February 1st 2019, while a national search is conducted.
Dr. Dickinson has been deeply involved in several safety and quality initiatives throughout the entire health system. In his current role as Chief Clinical Officer, he has instituted a daily safety huddle in the Children’s and Women’s hospitals, as well as an Admitting Officer of the Day (AOD) program. The CW safety huddle proved successful and laid the ground work for Safety Huddles elsewhere. Dr. Dickinson is currently deeply involved in the review and evaluation of Serious Safety Events which have taken place. His work in this area is aimed at prevention and improved safety practices to keep patients from any and all harm. Dr. Dickinson’s continued goal has been to focus and achieve new safety and quality standards for all patients.
Donna M. Martin, M.D., Ph.D.
Interim Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Dr. Donna Martin is Professor and Interim Chair of Pediatrics and Professor of Human Genetics at The University of Michigan Medical School. She is a graduate of Michigan Technological University (BS in Mathematics and Foreign Languages) and the University of Michigan (MD and PhD in Neuroscience). She is board certified in Medical Genetics, and cares for patients with a wide variety of known and suspected Genetic conditions. Her research focus is on developmental disorders of the nervous system including mechanisms underlying CHARGE syndrome. Dr. Martin serves on the council of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the board of the American Society of Human Genetics, and is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Medical Genetics, and the Association for Research in Otolaryngology. She is Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board for the CHARGE Syndrome Foundation. She also enjoys reading, swimming, jogging, hiking, and spending time with her family.
Marci Lesperance, M.D.
Dr. Marci Lesperance is Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. She was Division Chief of Pediatric Otolaryngology at the University of Michigan Health System for 15 years. She completed otolaryngology residency at the University of Michigan in 1994. Dr. Lesperance then completed a one-year research fellowship in the Laboratory of Medical Genetics at the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), followed by a Pediatric Otolaryngology fellowship at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Dr. Lesperance’s research has been funded by NIH and outside foundations, and it focuses on the molecular genetics of hearing loss and using genetics to improve patient care. She has served as Chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the NIDCD. Currently, she is Surgeon in Chief for Children’s and Women’s Hospital the Program Director for the University of Michigan’s Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship. She has held leadership roles in the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology. Dr. Lesperance is the Pediatric Otolaryngology section Editor for Cummings Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 6th and 7th editions.