Bone disease researcher appointed to the founding faculty

Carolyn M. Macica
Carolyn M. Macica

Dec. 19, 2012 - Carolyn M. Macica has been appointed to the founding faculty of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine.

As an assistant professor of medical sciences, Macica will teach courses in pharmacology and physiology at the medical school, which is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2013. The school received preliminary accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education in October.

"I am very pleased to have Carolyn join our faculty," said Dr. Bruce Koeppen, founding dean of the School of Medicine. "Her knowledge and expertise in both physiology and pharmacology will add to, and complement, that of the other faculty in our Department of Medical Sciences." 

The medical school, which will train primary care physicians, is aiming to become a national model of interprofessional health professions education and improve the way health care is delivered.

The medical school has named St. Vincent's Medical Center of Bridgeport as its primary clinical partner. It also has affiliations with MidState Medical Center of Meriden and Middlesex Hospital of Middletown.

Macica earned her doctorate and master's degree in pharmacology from New York Medical College in Valhalla, N.Y. She also completed a post-doctorate fellowship in the Department of Pharmacology at the Yale University School of Medicine. Her research is in the area of metabolic bone disease, including the adult morbidity of patients with X-linked hypophosphatemia (XLH). XLH is caused by one of several mutations of the PHEX gene. Those with XLH generally exhibit abnormal bone and tooth development and rickets that resist traditional Vitamin D therapy. Macica has authored several textbook chapters and multiple articles in peer-reviewed medical journals.

Macica is a member of the Advisory Board of the XLH Network and the American Society for Bone Mineral Research. She also is a consultant for Kyowa Hakko Kirin Pharma, Inc., a Princeton, N.J.-based biopharmaceutical company.

Before coming to Quinnipiac, Macica was an assistant professor in the Division of Endocrinology at the Yale School of Medicine's Department of Internal Medicine.