Joseph I. Shapiro, MD
Dean, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine

Dr. Shapiro was appointed dean of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine in 2012. A board-certified nephrologist with more than 30 years of clinical, teaching and research experience, Dr. Shapiro is committed to improving the health of West Virginians through medical education, patient care and clinical and basic science research. Dr. Shapiro also serves as chairman of the Marshall Health board of directors.

A native of Newark, New Jersey, Dr. Shapiro received his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, completed his internal medicine residency at Georgetown University and trained as a fellow in renal diseases at the University of Colorado. Previously, he served as associate dean for business development and chair of the department of medicine at the University of Toledo College of Medicine in Toledo, Ohio.


Larry D. Dial Jr., MD
Chief Medical Officer, Marshall Health
Vice Dean, Clinical Affairs, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine

Dr. Dial is a 1999 graduate of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, where he also completed his residency. As chief medical officer, he coordinates the clinical programs of the School of Medicine and the clinical leadership of Marshall Health. He also serves as the vice dean of clinical affairs at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. Dr. Dial continues to see patients in the department of internal medicine. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Dial served as associate chief medical officer and chairman of the department of internal medicine.   


Beth L. Hammers, MBA
Chief Executive Officer, Marshall Health

Ms. Hammers has more than 28 years of experience with Marshall Health, having held numerous positions from graduate student to director of compliance & risk management and chief operating officer. She is a two-time Marshall University graduate having completed both her bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s degree in business administration. As chief executive officer, Ms. Hammers serves as the chief administrative officer for both the School of Medicine and Marshall Health.

An active member of the Huntington community, Ms. Hammers serves on numerous boards and committees. She is vice president of the Cabell Huntington Hospital Board of Directors and is president of the PROACT Board of Directors. She also serves on the boards of Team for West Virginia Children and Marshall University Research Corporation.

Ms. Hammers is a recipient of the 2016 Changing the Conversation award sponsored by the Charleston-Institute Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. for her work in social action. She is also a 2003 alumna of Leadership West Virginia.  In 2019, she served as a mentor for the inaugural class of John Marshall Leadership Fellows at Marshall University.

She is married to Sean "Corky" Hammers, prosecuting attorney for Cabell County and the mother of two children.


Nathan C. Ward, Esq.
Chief Operating Officer, Marshall Health

As chief operating officer, Mr. Ward manages daily operations of Marshall Health and the School of Medicine, including all facilities, clinic operations, human resources, purchasing and related operational functions. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Marshall University and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Toledo. Prior to his role as COO, Ward served as department administrator for pediatrics at Marshall Health since 2014. He also worked as an associate attorney with Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC, in Huntington, where he practiced commercial and corporate litigation. 


Michael J. McCarthy, MA
Chief Information Officer, Marshall Health

Mr. McCarthy serves as the CIO for both the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and Marshall Health. In this role, he coordinates all information technology support, including network and communications support systems and hardware and software applications support. Mr. McCarthy has devoted more than 20 years to his career at Marshall University, from which he earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Mr. McCarthy is a frequent presenter at conference and workshops, working to educate and share best practices in health care information systems. 


J. Matthew Straub, MBA, CPA
Chief Financial Officer, Marshall Health

Mr. Straub holds two degrees from Marshall University—a bachelor’s in business administration and a master’s in business administration—and is a certified public accountant. Mr. Straub leads the financial accounting, patient accounting, reporting, budgeting and all associated activities for both the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and Marshall Health.