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Office of Clinical and Health Affairs

The RBHS Office of Clinical and Health Affairs leads and supports a diverse array of interprofessional clinical, health, education, and research initiatives that promote Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences as a premier academic health system.

Working collaboratively with partners from across Rutgers, our clinical affiliates, and other stakeholders, we also advance innovative, strategically-important projects and initiatives that ensure an exceptional clinical learning environment and improve the health and well-being of our Rutgers community and New Jersey constituents.

To learn more about our patient care activities, visit Rutgers Health. To learn more about Rutgers University’s COVID-19 efforts, please visit the Universitywide COVID-19 Information website.

Our Team 

Vicente H. Gracias, M.D., FACS, FCCP, FCCM, is the Senior Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS); Vice President for Health Affairs, Rutgers University; and Chair of the Health Education Executive Council. In these roles, Dr. Gracias leads the growth and evolution of the Rutgers clinical enterprise and clinical learning environment during this time of systematic change in healthcare. Dr. Gracias works closely with the Deans, institute directors, faculty leaders and health system partners to encourage collaboration, advance quality and excellence, and provide strategic direction. Dr. Gracias helps steward mission areas including but not limited to innovation in the paradigm of patient-centered, population-based, and value-driven health care practices throughout RBHS, the University, and surrounding health systems. He is also the Chief Academic Officer for RWJBarnabas Health and a Professor of Surgery.

Kim Tuby, M.B.A., is the Chief of Staff/Director of Special Projects for the RBHS Office of Clinical and Health Affairs. She supports Dr. Gracias in leading, planning and developing key initiatives in support of RBHS and Rutgers Health’s operational and strategic priorities. In particular, she has been heavily involved in GME/health education planning, policy development, COVID-19 response support, and the office’s overall strategic planning and communications. Kim also serves as lead administrator for the office’s operations, budgeting, and cross-team coordination.

Michele Donald is the Executive Assistant to Dr. Gracias, a role to which she brings over 16 years of executive-level administrative experience, with a background in both private and public sectors. She is also responsible for organizing and scheduling many of the special events for the office.

Leadership

Sherry Huang, M.D., is the inaugural Vice Chancellor for Graduate Medical Education and Enterprise-Wide Designated Institutional Official at Rutgers Biomedical Health and Sciences. In this role, Dr. Huang works to advance the training of the 1,600 GME residents and fellows in the Rutgers Health system to achieve the best GME educational and clinical experiences. Additionally, Dr. Huang practices clinical Pediatric GI as a Professor of Pediatrics at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School with expertise in early risk colon cancer. She is passionate about teaching and serves as a mentor to students, residents, fellows and junior faculty.

Mary O’Dowd, M.P.H., is the Executive Director of Health Systems and Population Health Integration for RBHS at Rutgers University.  She led the NJ Department of Health as Commissioner after previously serving as the Deputy Commissioner and as Chief of Staff.  She has served on numerous governing and advisory boards including IWL, University Hospital in Newark, and ASTHO.

Chantal Brazeau, M.D., serves as the RBHS Chief Wellness Officer. She has been a faculty member of New Jersey Medical School since 1995 where she is Professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry. She has served as Director of Medical Student Education and Interim Chair of the Department of Family Medicine. She has served as Assistant Dean for Faculty Vitality at New Jersey Medical School since 2016 and assumed that role at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in January 2020.  She was announced as the inaugural Chief Wellness Officer at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences in December 2019. Since 1995, she has taught about professional well-being, conducted research and presented at national and international venues on this topic. Her seminal article on matriculating medical student distress has become a turning point in the field.

Project Leads

Jack Hemphill is a Project Coordinator for the RBHS Office of Clinical and Health Affairs. In this role, Jack supports a variety of projects spanning student and occupational health, population health, clinical operations, and other administrative functions pertaining to the office.

Jaclyn Manzo, M.Ed., is the Institutional Administrator for Graduate Medical Education. She supports the Vice Chancellor for Graduate Medical Education in developing and maintaining the educational quality of all Rutgers Health physician training programs and ensuring compliance with ACGME accreditation standards and other regulatory requirements. She functions as a liaison between program directors, program coordinators, trainees, faculty, and the GME Office.

Damian Onwuka, M.S., is the Manager of Data Analytics for the RBHS Office of Clinical and Health Affairs. In this role, Damian supports various health and clinical information matters through detailed analysis and reporting. He also participates in key informatics workgroups geared towards the enhancement of information management at RBHS.

Boris Paskhover, M.D., serves as the RBHS Liaison to the New Jersey Veteran Affairs and has a desire to optimize clinical care for veterans across New Jersey. Dr. Paskhover is an academic Facial Plastic & Reconstructive surgeon who has been with RBHS since 2017. Prior to joining RBHS, he was trained at Yale and NYU and is double board certified. He has a strong familial connection to New Jersey and attended Rutgers New Brunswick as an undergraduate student.

Administrative Support

Tissany Chatman is the Staff Assistant for the RBHS Office of Clinical and Health affairs, a role to which she brings over 20 years of administrative experience. In addition, she also works with Procurement and Human Resources.  

Shawn Kraemer is an Administrative Assistant for the RBHS Office of Clinical and Health Affairs. His responsibilities span assistance with clinical policy development and implementation, assistance with Graduate Medical Education and other administrative functions. He is also a part-time student at Rutgers Law School.

Contact Us 

Child Health Institute of New Jersey
89 French Street, Suite 4100
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

112 Paterson Street, Suite 102
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Email: svcca@rbhs.rutgers.edu