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Mark V. White, MD, MPH
Professor of Family Medicine
Department of Medical Education
North Campus

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Medical Sciences Building
525 Pine St.
Office 3103
Scranton, PA 18509
Fax: 570-504-9660

Professor of Family Medicine


Mark White, MD, MPH, is a professor of epidemiology in the Department of Medical Education (DME) and is a vice chair of the DME.

He received his MD from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and his MPH in epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health in Pittsburgh, Pa.

He is course director for the MD1 course Physician and Society (PAS), course director for several MD4 elective courses, and a faculty member for the Community Health Research Projects (CHRPs).

His main research interests encompass a variety of topics in community and public health, public health in medical education, environmental epidemiology, reproductive health, clinical care and environmental justice. His work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals, and he has many presentations and poster presentations.

Externally, he currently holds an adjunct faculty appointment with Penn State Hershey School of Medicine. In the past he has held faculty appointments with Walden University School of Health Sciences, and has served as a member of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) Environmental Justice Advisory Board (EJAB).

Nationally and regionally, he has been a member of the Lackawanna County (LCMS) and Pennsylvania Medical Societies (PAMS), as well as several other professional organizations, such as the American Public Health Association (APHA), the Society for Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) and the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Practice (PAFP).

Locally, he is the current chair of the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education (WCGME) Institutional Review Board (IRB).

He has served as the principal investigator for a federal HRSA grant and its $1.5 million, five-year funded efforts related to the dual school's MD/public health degree program with East Stroudsburg University (ESU).

Dr. White is a past non-voting member of the school's Board of Trustees; past chair of the Medical School Admissions Committee; past member of the Appointment, Promotion and Tenure (APT) Committee; past member of the Committee on Academic Progress of Students (CAPS); past chair of the Faculty Council; past co-chair of the Strategic Planning Leadership Workgroup; and has served in leadership and non-leadership roles in many other GCSOM committees and workgroups.

Recent publications


  • Cornacchione M; Withers D; Lyons C; White M; Triano M; Joyce J. Addiction: An Intervention to Influence Medical Students’ Attitudes and Response to Substance Abuse within Peers and Professionals. Teaching and Learning in Medicine. 2015; 27(2).
  • Szarek J; Boardman J; White M; Holt JT.  Integrated and Flipped: 5 Years’ Experience of Integrating Active Learning in an Integrated Course. Medical Science Educator. 15 Dec 2015.26:59.10.1007/s40670-015-0214-7.
  • Zarek SM; Mitchell EM; Sjaarda LA; Mumford SL; Silver RA; Stanford JB; Galai N; White MV; Schleip KC; DeCherney AH; Schisterman EF. Is Anti-Mullerian Hormone Associated with Fecundability? Findings from the EAGeR Trial. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. 100(11), pp. 4215-4221, 25 Sep 2015. 10.1210/jc.2015-2474.
  • Holt JT; Ghormoz J; Sung JY; White M; Szarek J. Medical Student Benefit from Learning Objectives Correlates to Specific Myers-Briggs Types. Medical Science Educator. 25 Apr 2015. 25:249-254.
  • Ryckman KK; Rillamas-Sun E; Spracklen CN; Wallace RB; Garcia L; Tylavsky FA; Howard BV; Liu S; Song Y; LeBlanc ES; White MV; Parikh NI; Robinson JG. Ethnic Differences in the Relationship between Birth weight and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Postmenopausal Women. Diabetes and Metabolism. 18 Apr 2015. pii: S1262-3636(14)00064-0. 10.1016/j.diabet.2014.03.003 (DOI).
  • Holt JT; Ghormoz J; Sung JY; Szarek J; White M. Targeting Pedagogies for Appropriate Learners: Downloading Learning Objectives Increases Exam Scores for Men. Medical Science Educator. Mar 2015; 25: 45-51.
  • White M; Simoyan O; Cardelle A; Godin S; Kuchinski E; Townsend E; Townsend J. Collaborative efforts towards an interdisciplinary and interprofessional dual degree program for public health training in a new rural medical school. International Public Health Journal. Vol 7(1), Mar 2015
  • White M; Simoyan O; Cardelle A; Godin S; Kuchinski E; Townsend E; Townsend J. An interdisciplinary and inter-professional dual degree program for public health training in a new rural medical school.  In: Caron RM and Merrick J, ed. Public Health: Improving health via inter-professional collaborations. New York: Nova Science, 2014
  • Schisterman E; Silver R; Perkins N; Mumford S; Whitcomb B; Stanford J; Lesher L; Faraggi D; Wactawski-Wende J; Browne R; Townsend J; White M; Lynch A; Galai N.  A randomized trial to evaluate the Effects of low dose Aspirin in Gestation and Reproduction (EAGeR): Design and baseline characteristics. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, Vol 27(6), pg. 598-609  Nov 2013
  • Tsui E; Wang G; Zahler A; Simoyan O; White MV; Mckee M. A Multi-Lingual Population Health Management Program. Journal of Ambulatory Care Management, Vol 36. No. 2, pg 140-146, Feb 2013
  • Simoyan O; Townsend J; Tarafader M; DeJoseph D; Stark R; White M. Public Health and Medical Education: A Natural Alliance for a New Regional Medical School. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Suppl, Sep 2011
  • Simoyan O; White M; Townsend J.  Integrating community health and medical education in a new medical school.  European Journal of Public Health, Vol 20, Suppl 1, pg 237, Nov 2010
    Logue JN; White M; Marchetto D. Pennsylvania’s Asthma School Project and Descriptive Pilot Investigation: A Focus on Environmental Health Tracking. Journal of Environmental Health 70(5): 21-27, October 2007
  • O’Meara ES; White M; Siscovick D; Lyles M; Kuller L. Hospitalization for Pneumonia in the Cardiovascular Health Study: Incidence, Mortality, and Influence on Longer-Term Survival. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 53(7): 1108-1116, July 2005

Supported or funded research

  • HRSA / USDHHS Grant 
    Grant #: T85HP24464
    Period: 2012-2019 (completed)
    Agency: HRSA/USDHHS
    Title: Training in Primary Care Medicine – Interdisciplinary and Interprofessional Graduate Joint Degree Program
    Description: This is a 5 year, $1.5 million grant and project enhances integration, education, and development of public health, medical education, and primary care content, experiences, and research across all 4 years of a new community-health and public-health focused allopathic (MD) medical school in rural northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) via enhanced epidemiology and public health content/experiences in the primary curriculum as well as offering graduate degree and interprofessional healthcare training with MD/CPH and MD/MPH degree programs.
    Role: Principal Investigator (PI)
  • TCMC Competitive Intramural Pilot Grant 
    Period: Spring 2012 (completed)
    Agency: The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC)
    Title: Database Procurement and Feasibility of Data Utilization for Planned Future Project on Community-Based Health Assessment of Disparities of Environmental Contamination, Biomarkers, Fertility, and Reproductive Health  
    Description: This project was a $5,000 Intramural/Internal competitive TCMC faculty grant to formulate a pilot project and investigate/determine databases and data utility/availability of such for environmental contamination, fertility, and female reproductive health. 
    Role: Principal Investigator (PI)
  • NIH/NICHD Grant
    Period: 2009-2012 (completed)
    Agency: NIH/NICHD
    Title: EAGeR (The Effects of Low-Dose Aspirin on Gestation and Reproduction)
    Description: This project investigated the role and effect of low dose-aspirin therapy in women with a history of pregnancy loss who are trying to become pregnant again.
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • CDC/ATSDR Funded Program to PADOH with State Funding 
    Period: 2005-2010 (completed)
    Agency: PADOH and CDC/ATSDR
    Title: Program to Conduct and Coordinate Site-Specific Health Assessment Activities
    Description: This project involved the investigation and assessment/evaluation of NPL (National Priority List) or Superfund sites and other sites of interest across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Assessment was of public and community health effects or potential effects as a result of exposures to environmental contamination in communities in the vicinity of such sites.
    Role: Principal Investigator (PI)
  • CDC Funded Program to PADOH with State Funding
    Period: 2004-2006 (completed)
    Agency: PADOH and CDC
    Title: ASP (Asthma School Project)
    Description: This project investigated prevalence rates and incidence rates of asthma in school-age children in Pennsylvania public schools, with assessment and evaluation of severity and frequency of asthma morbidity, environmental exposures, and other topics of interest in this community sub-population.  
    Role: Principal Investigator (PI)
  • CDC/ATSDR Funded Program to PADOH with State Funding
    Period: 2005-2008 (completed)
    Agency: PADOH and CDC/ATSDR
    Title: Investigation of Polycythemia Vera Prevalence Rates in Northeastern Pennsylvania
    Description: This project investigated prevalence and incidence rates of polycythemia vera in northeastern Pennsylvania, historical exposures, and possible etiology.
    Role: Consultant

Abstracts, presentations and posters

  • Schmude, M; Adonizio, T; White MV. Utilizing an ePortfolio to Promote and Assess Medical Student Professional Identity Formation: Narrative Review. Presentation at Conference on Academic Research in Education (CARE) annual conference, Las Vegas, NV, February 2020
  • Tarafder, M; Kuchinski, E; Rwabukwisi, F; White MV. Teaching community health research in undergraduate medical curriculum through multi-site, longitudinal, collaborative community health projects. Panel presentation at Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) annual conference, San Antonio, TX, March 2019
  • White MV. Dual Degree Program via Collaboration of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) MD Program and East Stroudsburg University (ESU) Graduate School of Public Health Degree Programs. Panel presentation at Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) annual conference, Philadelphia, PA, April 2018  
  • White MV; Berardelli L; Kopco P; Jones B. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) of Mothers and the Pediatric Development and Educational Achievement Level of Their Children. Poster presentation at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) Spring Symposium, Scranton, PA, May 2018
  • White MV; Nealon K; McDonald S; Dawgert D. Clinician Awareness and Application of the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Study. Panel presentation at Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) annual conference, Savannah, GA, April 2017
  • McDonald S; Nealon K; White MV; Dawgert D. ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Awareness. Grand Rounds presentation at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM), Scranton, PA, April 2017