M.D./Ph.D. Program

The M.D./Ph.D. program at the Wayne State University School of Medicine is aimed at a few highly motivated individuals. Our program combines outstanding scientific training with state-of-the-art clinical medicine to train individuals as physician-scientists, excelling in careers in research and education. Our program is uniquely structured to integrate clinical and scientific experiences through all years of training. 

Current Students

Welcome to our new matriculants for the 2020-2021 year:

  • Andrea Batchev
  • Nina Fultz
  • Dustyn Levenson
  • Hanne Lind
  • Ali Ranjbaran

Students Returning to Medical School training (YR 3):

  • C James Block
  • Andrew Kulek
  • Alexander Yang

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MD/PhD Students in the Media:

MD.-Ph.D student earns NIH grant to examine how neural pathways may help with opioid use disorder.

Erik Brown, MD/PhD Program Alumni, administering COVID vaccine shots.

Alex Yang receiving the moderna vaccine at Wayne State University

Study examines incoming medical student knowledge of opioid overdoses and substance use disorders  

Board of Governors recognizes two Medical Students with Warrior Unsung Hero Award

Alexander Yang: Looking towards clinicals after Graduate School

Anatomy of a grant: Ashley Kramer's yearlong journey to finding her doctoral thesis

Student and active AMA member Tabitha Moses: 'I can be a part of the process'

Rafael Ramos and seven other Medical Students traveled with the Wayne State University School of Medicine's World Health Student Organization to Ecuador this spring to work and learn from Ecuadorian physicians and volunteers.

Senior medical student Jeremy "Jay" Llaniguez elected the American Medical Association's Medical Student Section's Speaker of the House

Research led by Wayne M.D./Ph.D. student could lead to treatment for fatty liver disease

Members Move Medicine: From medical device engineer to physician

Medical Student Research Symposium Top Award 

Frontiers in Medicine and Science

White Coat Ceremony, Ethan Firestone and Grandfather Nathan Firestone, M.D. '59

Congratulations to the following students who have been granted national awards or fellowships:

  • James Matchynski, NIH F30 fellowship 2020
  • Nolan O'Hara, NIH F30 fellowship 2020
  • Ashley Kramer, NIH F30 fellowship 2019
  • Anthony Findley, NIH F30 fellowship 2019
  • Aamod Dekhne, NIH F30 fellowship 2018
  • Alexander Yang, NIH F30 fellowship 2018
  • Asra Shaik, NIH F31 fellowship 2017
  • Patrick Lee, NIH F30 fellowship 2016
  • Natalie Wiseman, NIH F30 fellowship 2015


Congratulations to our 2020 M.D./Ph.D. program graduates:

  • Michael Lisieski, University of Toledo
  • Jay Llaniguez, University of Kentucky
  • Stephanie Lucas, Cleveland Clinic
  • Asra Shaik, Detroit Medical Center


Contact us

Daniel A. Walz, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Programs
MD/Ph.D. Program Director

Deanna Doña, Manager

540 E. Canfield Ave. 1128 Scott Hall
Detroit, MI 48201
Phone: 313-577-1455
Fax: 313-577-8796