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Robert M. D’Alessandri, MD

Robert M. D’Alessandri, MD, joined The Commonwealth Medical College in 2007 as founding president and dean and welcomed the charter class in August 2009. His accomplishments include setting College priorities and institutional direction and recruiting faculty, staff and students. The Dean was vital in initiating the research agenda and creating an innovative, community-driven, evidence-based curriculum to educate the next generation of physicians.

During his tenure he recruited two competitive classes of medical students with a third on its way. True to the College’s mission and vision, 70% of students are from Pennsylvania and half of them are from northeast and central Pennsylvania. Currently, nearly 170 medical and masters students are learning in northeast and central Pennsylvania and volunteer with many community agencies to improve the health of residents in our region.

In addition, Dr. D’Alessandri engaged the support of more than 780 volunteer clinical faculty members who help train medical students in their offices throughout three regional campuses in our 16-county region. Under his direction, the new state-of-the-art Medical Sciences Building was built and will open in the coming weeks.

Before joining TCMC, Dr. D’Alessandri spent more than eighteen years in senior leadership positions at West Virginia University, including almost fifteen years as dean of the WVU School of Medicine. He was instrumental in expanding health professions programs at WVU and establishing programs in occupational medicine and public health. Dr. D’Alessandri is a specialist in infectious diseases and general medicine.

Dr. D’Alessandri served as founding president and dean through April 2011 and was succeeded by interim president and dean Lois Margaret Nora, MD, JD, MBA, from May 2011 to June 2012.   


President & Dean
September 2012 - Present
Steven J. Scheinman, MD

Interim Dean & President

June 2012 - September 2012
Robert E. Wright, MD

Interim Dean & President
May 2011 - June 2012
Lois Margaret Nora, MD, JD, MBA

Founding Dean & President

2007 - May 2011
Robert M. D’Alessandri, MD