Dr. Miriam M. Ischander joins medical school’s Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine

Dr. Miriam Ischander
Miriam M. Ischander, MD

In March, the medical school welcomed a new faculty member to its Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine and a new director for its Human Research Protection Program.

Miriam M. Ischander, MD, began her duties at WMed on March 19 as an assistant professor of Pediatric Pulmonology. Her new role comes on the heels of a one-year stint at Randall Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon, where she was a pediatric pulmonology and sleep medicine physician and served as director of the hospital’s MDA-affiliated neuromuscular program.

Dr. Ischander earned her medical degree from the Alexandria School of Medicine in Egypt in 1991 and her master’s degree in Pediatrics in 1996 from Ain Sham University, also in Egypt. She is board certified in sleep medicine and a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Pediatric Pulmonology.

After earning her medical degree in 1991, Dr. Ischander completed a one-year internship at Alexandria University Hospitals in Alexandria, Egypt, where she did rotations in pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, emergency medicine, general surgery and neurosurgery, anesthesiology and internal medicine.

Maureen Owens
Maureen Owens, MM, CIP

Later, she completed a three-year residency in pediatrics in 1997 at El-Obour Teaching Hospital in Egypt and was a pediatrics intern from 2001 to 2002 at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also worked as a pediatrics resident for one year at Texas Tech University before completing a three-year fellowship in pediatric pulmonology at the University of California-Irvine.

Prior to her time at Randall Children’s Hospital, Dr. Ischander was an assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Allergy and Pulmonology for almost four years at Loma Linda University where she also served as medical director of the Pediatric Home Ventilator Program.

Meanwhile, Maureen Owens, MM, CIP, was welcomed to WMed on March 19 as the new director of the medical school’s Human Research Protection Program. Owens takes the helm following more than six years as a HRPP officer in the Office of Clinical Research at Metro Health-University of Michigan Health in Grand Rapids.

Owens is an alumna of Eastern Michigan University where she graduated in 1996 with a bachelor’s of Business Administration in Management. She earned her master’s degree in Management in 2005 from Aquinas College and is a Certified IRB Professional.

Prior to her work at Metro Health-University of Michigan Health, Owens worked as an AAHRPP project manager and senior analyst for more than five years in the Office of Clinical Research at Spectrum Health.