February 7, 2019Dr. Maryam Jafari Bidgoli joined the College as assistant professor of Health Economics in the Department of Community Medicine and Population Health and the Institute for Rural Health Research. Bidgoli earned doctoral and master’s degrees in Economics from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She served as a visiting assistant professor of Health Economics for the University of Connecticut’s Business School Finance Department, and has taught a wide range of economics courses, including microeconomics, health care management, health care industry analysis, statistics and econometrics and health economics. She was the recipient of the BlueCross BlueShield of Michigan Foundation Doctoral Student Award for her proposal, “Health Shocks and Labor Markets: Cancer in Michigan.” Her professional interests include health economics, health care management and labor economics. Dr. Jean Pointon joined the College as assistant professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine. She will also care for patients at of University Medical Center and teach and supervise the College’s family medicine residents, medical students and clinical learners. Pointon earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from Mississippi State University. After working for Exxon as a chemical engineer with positions in the Peoples Republic of China and the United Kingdom, she earned her medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. She completed residency training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and a fellowship at the University of Houston Health Science Center. She is board certified in child and adolescent and general psychiatry and has extensive inpatient and outpatient experience.