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Lebanese-American named dean of Central Michigan University College of Medicine

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(MT. PLEASANT, MI) — Prominent Lebanese-American doctor George Kikano was named the new dean of Central Michigan University’s College of Medicine on Feb. 24.

Kikano replaces Ernie Yoder, who announced his resignation in June. He comes from Cleveland, Ohio, where he previously served as the director of the Weatherhead Institute for Family Medicine and Community Health.

He was also the medical director for Home Care Services with University Hospitals in Cleveland and a professor of family medicine at Case Western Reserve University.

Kikano is recognized as one of Cleveland’s “Top Docs” who appears frequently on national television to discuss nationwide medical concerns. In 2013, Kikano made headlines when he told Fox News that Apple iOS 7 could make people have “headaches and nausea.”

Kikano earned his medical degree from the American University of Beirut in 1986. He started at Case Western Reserve University in 1987 as a research fellow and performed his family medicine residency with University Hospitals of Cleveland.

In 1992, he served as the associate residency director of the university, and  in a number of other roles before becoming chairman of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at Case Western in 2001.

Kikano starts at CMU on April 1. He will be paid an annual salary of $500,000.

“You have something good going on here at CMU,” Kikano said in a statement. “The mission is a core value that should not be changed, should not be altered. Anything we do here, whether it is education, clinical research, basic science research, investing in facilities or investing in programs — that core mission will guide us.”

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