Dean of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Peter Amenta Steps Down

Dear Members of the RBHS Community:

I am writing to inform you that Dean Peter Amenta of the Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) has formally submitted his resignation as dean. After a seven-year term, Dr. Amenta will return to the faculty in the new year in his position as Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. I will announce a formal transition plan shortly.

Dr. Amenta's many accomplishments at RWJMS include: the restructuring of the entire clinical practice, the expansion of community service, and growth of the Child Health Institute of New Jersey. In addition, RWJMS has seen a strengthened relationship with its principal teaching hospital Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, increased collaboration across the schools of RBHS, and the development of new first and second year curricula. All this was achieved as Dr. Amenta led RWJMS through a tumultuous time in the school's history. We are indebted to Dr. Amenta for his leadership during the integration of the former UMDNJ with Rutgers University where he played an instrumental role in guiding the transition of clinical operations.

Dr. Amenta, a Connecticut native, received his Bachelor of Science degree from Trinity College in Hartford. He completed his Pathology residency at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, PA, where he received his medical degree and obtained a Ph.D. in Anatomy. A member of the RWJMS faculty since 1989, he served as Residency Program Director and Chief of the Pathology Service at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital for more than a decade. He also served as chair of the Performance Improvement Committee at the Hospital for 8 years and Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief of Staff from 2002 to 2006. He was Chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine from 1998 to 2008.

As we bring this momentous year for Rutgers to a close, please join me in extending heartfelt thanks to Peter for his many years of dedicated service and commitment to the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. We will celebrate his accomplishments and dedication together in the fashion he deserves, at an occasion to be scheduled in the next few months.


Brian L. Strom, MD, MPH