Melanie Prusakowski named assistant dean for admissions

Dr. Melanie Prusakowski

Dr. Melanie Prusakowski

Dr. Melanie Prusakowski has been named assistant dean for admissions at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. Dr. Prusakowski holds a number of positions with the school and with Carilion Clinic. In addition to serving as director of pediatric emergency education for Carilion Clinic, associate chief of emergency services for Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, and assistant residency director for the Virginia Tech Carilion Clinic Department of Emergency Medicine, she is assistant clerkship director in emergency medicine and holds co-appointments as associate professor of both emergency medicine and pediatrics for the medical school.

“Melanie’s involvement with our school is extensive. From the start, she has been helping us in every way possible as a teacher and mentor to our students and as a member of the admissions committee since 2014,” said Dean Cynda Johnson. “She is highly regarded for her skills both as a clinician and a teacher.”

Prusakowski has been named Emergency Medicine Faculty Member of the Year two years in a row by the graduating classes at the medical school and is a member of the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

In taking on this new role, Prusakowski will split her time 60 percent with Carilion and 40 percent with the school. She will be learning from Dr. Steve Workman, associate dean for admissions, and other members of the admissions staff until Workman’s planned retirement October 1. At that time, admissions will become part of the Office of Student Affairs, as is the organizational model at most medical schools. Prusakowski will then report to Dr. Aubrey Knight, associate dean for student affairs.

“We are fortunate to be able to roll out the transition in this manner,” Johnson said. “Melanie is already very familiar with our school and our students. The next few months will give her an opportunity to build out her new role gradually.”

Prusakowski is a graduate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey—Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, where she also completed her residency in pediatrics. She completed a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

“Just as Roanoke was a thoroughfare for the railroads that helped build industry in the region, now Virginia Tech Carilion is a thoroughfare of thought and innovation,” Prusakowski said. “I am excited to be a part of recruiting future physicians and future leaders.”

Written by Catherine Doss