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New Beginnings and Future Goals

Spring is a season for new beginnings, and that has been true as ever at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS). This year we have installed renowned HIV/AIDS researcher Douglas F. Nixon, M.D., Ph.D., as the Ross Professor of Basic Science Research and chair of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine. We celebrated the appointment of longtime SMHS leader Nancy Gaba, M.D. ’93, RESD ’97, FACOG, as the new Oscar I. and Mildred S. Dodek and Joan B. and Oscar I. Dodek Jr. Professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. We unveiled the newly renovated areas of Ross Hall, which include the state-of-the-art Clinical Learning And Simulation Skills Center and an array of new laboratories. And on the occasion of commencement, we celebrate the reason for all our endeavors, our graduates.

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Help for Those at a Higher Risk

Major Gift by Ruth Uppercu Paul Funds Genetic Counselors and Patient Assistance Support

By Kristin Hubing

Those who know Ruth Uppercu Paul best recall a warm smile and a twinkle in her eye. “She had a wonderful sense of humor and a quick wit,” says Christine Clemens, a close friend of Paul’s for more than two decades. “She was a great conversationalist who would regale us with tales of her youth and her travels.” The vibrant individual whom Clemens remembers hasn’t been present since a debilitating stroke in 2012, but she is far from forgotten by those whose lives she touched — a list that will now include countless women at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer, as well as persons with hearing impairment. Read more

Supporting the Human Side of Medicine

By Laura Otto

As a pathologist, Yolanda C. Oertel, M.D., RESD ’72, always tried to practice medicine using both her head and her heart. Over a career spanning more than three decades, her two-pronged approach bore the stamp of medical humanities — the interdisciplinary field that applies humanities, the arts, and social sciences to medicine — a fact Oertel believes always made her a better pathologist. “As physicians we have the brainpower, but we have to remember that we also have a heart and it needs to be nourished by the arts and humanities,” she says. Read more

Advancing a Global Mission

These are exciting times here at GW’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS). This past October, the SMHS community gathered to celebrate the installation of Jeffrey S. Akman, M.D. ’81, RESD ’85, as the Walter A. Bloedorn Professor of Administrative Medicine. This was a momentous occasion for GW, officially marking his deanship at SMHS. Currently, our thoughts are preoccupied with our game plan for a university- wide campaign, which will carry us into our Bicentennial with renewed energy and the resources to achieve our ambitious goals.

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