When you think of a medical mecca, it’s possible that places like the Cleveland Clinic or Johns Hopkins come to mind. But did you know that Southeast Michigan is quickly gaining a reputation as a medical powerhouse — attracting attention not only from doctors and medical-related businesses, but also from out-of-state patients who are choosing the area for its medical expertise?
This reputation, as you’ll read about in our Focus on Tech feature articles, is built on educational institutions conducting cutting-edge research, state-of-the-art hospital systems, renowned doctors and a growing number of medical device companies in the area. On top of this, Oakland County’s Medical Main Street initiative is working to brand Southeast Michigan as a leading medical region with unparalleled resources.
We’ve also got the state’s newest medical school — the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine — which is featured in our Education Kaleidoscope. You’ll meet a few members of the school’s first class and find out why they chose OUWB in an article written by Ilene Wolff.
X-OLOGY’s People Profiles highlight the research work of two prominent doctors: Dr. Wei-Zen Wei is a professor at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and the Wayne State University School of Medicine, and Dr. Virinder Moudgil is senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at Oakland University. Both doctors deserve special recognition for their groundbreaking work in breast cancer research.
With a perspective on business, our Expert Outlook contributor, Dr. Sam Flanders, who serves as chief quality officer for Beaumont Health System, shares his experience in applying methods from the Toyota Production System to Beaumont’s work processes, and gives tips on how rapid improvements can work successfully in any type of business.
Finally, we honor this year’s Automation Alley Awards Gala nominees and winners who are highlighted in our special Gala section. Congratulations to each of them for their success in the tech community.
Jane Racey Gleeson