Dr. Giesele Robinson Greene and Rev. Dr. Stephen Rowan Appointed Co-Chairs of NEOMED-CSU Partnership for Urban Health's Community Advisory Board


CLEVELAND - Veteran Cleveland community leaders Dr. Giesele Robinson Greene, M.D., F.A.C.P.,  and Rev. Dr. Stephen Rowan, J.D., D.Min., have been appointed co-chairs of the NEOMED-CSU Urban Primary Care Initiative Community Advisory Board, effective January 4, 2016.

The board is a community conduit for the NEOMED-CSU Partnership for Urban Health, a collaboration between Northeast Ohio Medical University and Cleveland State University for recruiting and training a more diverse health-care workforce to provide primary care in urban communities with populations that are medically underserved. Specifically, the Urban Primary Care Initiative seeks to connect pre-medical students and medical students directly to the types of Cleveland communities where they will serve after completing their residency training.

Dr. Greene is senior vice president and chief medical officer of the Cleveland-based Sisters of Charity Health System, where she provides medical leadership to advance best practices in clinical care, quality and safety. She works with St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in bringing urban medicine, medical education and services to its community. She is a graduate of the Howard University College of Medicine, a board-certified internist and a fellow in the American College of Physicians.

Rev. Dr. Rowan is pastor of Bethany Baptist Church in Cleveland’s Glenville neighborhood. Previously, he worked at the Cleveland Foundation, where he oversaw faith-based/digital divide programs, and at Cuyahoga County, where he was chief deputy administrator, as well as at the law firm of Ulmer & Berne LLP, where he specialized in public law and minority and female businesses. A graduate of Glenville High School, he holds a Master of Public Administration from Northern Illinois University, a law degree from CSU’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, a Master of Divinity from Trinity Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Ashland Theological Seminary.

In their new positions, Dr. Greene and Rev. Dr. Rowan succeed Dr. Edgar Jackson, Jr., M.D., and the late U.S. Representative Louis Stokes, who served as co-chairs of the 14-member Community Advisory Board since the Urban Primary Care Initiative was launched three years ago. In 2015, the NEOMED-CSU Partnership for Urban Health received a $5.5 million grant from the Cleveland Foundation. 

About Northeast Ohio Medical University 
For more than 40 years, Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) has worked in collaboration with its educational, clinical and research partners to successfully train health professionals and medical researchers who serve and impact the region and beyond. The University trains students in a team-based, interprofessional environment and offers doctor of medicine (M.D.) and doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degrees, in addition to master’s and doctoral degrees and research opportunities in other medical areas. Find more information at www.neomed.edu.

About Cleveland State University 
Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution that provides a dynamic setting for Engaged Learning. With 17,000-plus students, nine colleges and more than 150 academic programs, CSU was again chosen for 2016 as one of America’s best universities by U.S. News & World Report. Find more information at www.csuohio.edu. 



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