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From Special Operations to the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Jared Ross, M.B.A. ’03, B.S. ’01, adjunct instructor of clinical research and leadership, talks transitions between military and civilian protocols and life

By Caroline Trent-Gurbuz

As a child, Jared Ross, M.B.A. ’03, B.S. ’01, dreamed of being a Green Beret in the United States Army Special Forces. That dream stayed abstract until 1990, when Ross was a junior at the University of Maryland. The Greenbelt, Maryland, native felt that the start of Operation Desert Shield would lead to a long-lasting conflict — and he wanted to be a part of it. “That’s how it started,” he says. Twenty-six years later, Ross, who retired from the U.S. armed forces on Nov. 1, 2014, has bridged the gap between military and civilian life, and now, as an adjunct instructor of clinical research and leadership at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), he’s in a position to help the next generation. Read more

Medicine Beyond the Horizon

Kris Lehnhardt was lying on the living room floor of his Toronto home, watching TV with his mother, when the original Star Trek TV show came on. He stared, enraptured, a small boy trying to comprehend life exploring the universe. A few years later, his second grade class huddled around a television as a NASA space shuttle launched into orbit. Tears streamed down his cheeks. The tension, the adventure … Read more

Entrepreneurial Medicine

Uchechi Iweala, M.D., Building on a Foundation of Big Ideas

By Caroline Trent-Gurbuz

This is a true story, begins Uchechi Iweala, M.D., a second-year resident in orthopedic surgery at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences. “I started reading the Wall Street Journal when I was a junior in high school as part of an economics class that I’d joined in the summer,” he says. “My dad’s a doctor, my mom’s an economist, so I was always on the fence [about my future career]. Then, lo and behold, there’s an article … that just seemed to click a lightbulb in me.” Read more

Healing Hands in Haiti

By Laura Otto

In January 2010, a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake, centered near the town of Léogâne, struck Haiti. An estimated 3 million people were affected by the catastrophic event. Nearly 2,000 miles away in Massachusetts, Kevin Lombardi, who was active in the engineering field-services industry at the time, saw news coverage of the devastation and felt compelled to do something. “It was a call to action for me,” says Lombardi, who soon after hopped on a plane and volunteered his skills to help the Haitians rebuild. Read more