A neutral, independent, and confidential resource available to anyone from Rutgers community. The role of an ombudsperson is to identify options, provide information, refer visitors to other resources if appropriate, facilitate communication between people, mediate disputes or negotiate resolutions between parties, and recommend changes in policy or procedure to school/university administrators.

Loren Runnels, PhD

Professor, Department of Pharmacology

Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Research Tower, Room 402

675 Hoes Lane West

Piscataway, NJ 08854

Phone:  732-235-4593


Robert Wood Johnson Medical School – Ombudsperson [Students, House Staff]

Mark Versella, PhD

Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Family Medicine at Monument Square

303 George Street

New Brunswick, NJ 08901-2009

Phone: 732-235-4413


School of Graduate Studies – Ombudsperson [New Brunswick | Piscataway]

Smita Patel, PhD

Distinguished Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

683 Hoes Lane West

Research Building 2, School of Public Health, Room 285

Piscataway, NJ 08854

Phone: 732-235-3372