Dr. Danelisen was born in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the same city, he completed his medical school training at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Banja Luka in 1994. After his clinical training, Dr. Danelisen pursued his interest in medical research and academia. In 1998, he joined the laboratory of Dr. Pawan K. Singal at the prestigious Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, St Boniface General Hospital Research Center, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He obtained his Master of Science Degree at the Department of Physiology, University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. In 2005 he successfully defended his Doctor of Philosophy thesis titled “Involvement of retinoic acid in adriamycin-induced cardiomyopathy”. After his academic training, Dr. Danelisen has focused his interest on teaching in medical school setting.
Dr. Danelisen previously served the school of medicine as Chair and Associate Professor of Cell Biology and Pathophysiology. Dr. Danelisen’ s long academic, administrative and research experience combined with his clinical training make him ideal for the Assistant Dean for Faculty position. Before joining the Campbell faculty, Dr. Danelisen served Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine as Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology faculty during the school’s very early years. During this time he was involved in establishment of clinical cases studies in physiology (small group learning). Dr. Danelisen also helped to develop programs that were oriented toward student case presentations and was awarded by the students of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Golden Apple Award for best teaching practices three years in a row (2010, 2011, 2012). In 2014, Dr. Danelisen was awarded Edward L. Holder Excellence Award by Jerry M Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine Student Government for the excellence in teaching and is a co-investigator on a newly awarded NIH/NCI grant to Campbell University.