Associate Dean for Professional Development
1310 Scott Hall
Beena Sood, M.D., M.S., FAAP, professor of Pediatrics, is the associate dean for Professional Development in the Wayne State University School of Medicine’s Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development.
Dr. Sood develops and oversees programming that assists faculty in improving their skills and advancing their careers.
A member of the faculty since 2001, Dr. Sood has chaired the Women in Medicine and Science group at the School of Medicine since 2015. She has collaborated with other groups on campus to explore gender equity initiatives. She helped lead an analysis of the gender pay gap at WSU and showed that lack of professional advancement opportunities for women was the most powerful determinant in pay disparities. The results were presented at national conferences and to the university’s president and provost. Under her leadership, the WIMS Advisory Group has organized lectureships, workshops, panel discussions and book clubs to engage faculty in diverse topics, including gender pay gap, negotiation skills, climbing the academic ladder, work-life balance, getting to the C Suite and under-representation of women in surgical specialties. The group has expanded its reach by engaging trainees to prepare them for future academic success. She has mentored numerous undergraduate and medical students, residents, fellows and junior faculty, almost half of them women.
Dr. Sood received the Wayne Women LEAD Woman of Distinction Award for her extensive engagement and contributions to the Women in Medicine and Science group, gender equality, gender pay equity, and advocacy for professional development and support for working mothers. The award is presented annually to a Wayne State University female employee who has demonstrated a sustained commitment to the professional development of women and/or issues of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Dr. Sood’s service to the university and the School of Medicine includes serving as deputy Title IX coordinator and membership on several committees. She is the School of Medicine’s designated representative to the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Group on Women in Medicine and Science.
She has been active in translational research recognized by a Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (NIH K23, 2001) as junior faculty, numerous intramural grants and an R01 grant to study the safety and efficacy of aerosolized surfactant in the treatment of respiratory failure in preterm infants (2014-2019). Dr. Sood has been recognized for exceptional clinical care through nomination to the Best Doctors (2010-2017, 2019-2020) and Detroit’s Top Docs (2013, 2016, 2019), and outstanding teaching of medical and graduate students, residents and fellows. She is engaged in advocacy locally at the School of Medicine and nationally through the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Child Health Financing, and as district representative to the AAP Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. She is the associate editor of NeoReviews, and a member of the editorial board of the American Journal of Perinatology.
She received her undergraduate degree from the Carmel Convent School, New Delhi, India, in 1981, and her medical degree in 1985 from the Maulana Azad Medical College in New Delhi. She completed a Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in 2001 and received a master’s degree in Statistical Research Design and Statistical Analysis from the University of Michigan in 2003.