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The Work We Do

Acording to the World Health Organization, the health of our global community is steadily making progress; however, the work is far from finished. The statistics surrounding the prevalence of diabetes, cancer, neglected diseases of poverty, and HIV/AIDS still stagger the imagination. The promise of preventing such needless disease and death is the inspiration for the work we do.

Jeffrey S. Akman, M.D. ’81, RESD ’85, Walter A. Bloedorn Professor of Administrative Medicine
Vice President for Health Affairs
and Dean, SMHS

At GW’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), we are committed to fulfilling that promise in our local, national, and global communities and we are determined to change the lives of our patients for the better.

This dedication is revealed through our students, faculty, and alumni as members of the SMHS family travel abroad on mission trips, operate free clinics in D.C., or establish international organizations that provide exceptional clinical care. Furthermore, students, scientists, and physicians from around the world come to GW to learn medicine and collaborate on research, while GW researchers are committed to a global mission that leads them to all parts of the world.

This winter, the GW Research Center for Neglected Diseases of Poverty will open with state-of-the-art laboratories where our researchers will continue to make important advancements and will fight to eliminate infectious diseases of poverty. We will also establish the Center for Basic Research for the Cure and Prevention of HIV/AIDS under the leadership of renowned scientist Douglas Nixon, M.D., Ph.D., newly recruited chair of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine. Here, our faculty will work to develop new vaccines and treatments, providing real solutions for the most impoverished people in our country and around the world.

We are also making an impact within our own community. This past summer, the Rodham Institute was established to educate the District of Columbia’s next generation of clinicians through community partnerships in order to prepare them to provide compassionate and high-quality health care for all people, regardless of their socio-economic background.

In the pages that follow, you will learn more about the impact that GW SMHS continues to have, here at home and around the world. If you are interested in getting involved or have an interesting story to tell, I encourage you to reach out and connect with us.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and a healthy new year.






Jeffrey S. Akman, M.D. ’81, RESD ’85
Walter A. Bloedorn Professor of Administrative Medicine
Vice President for Health Affairs
and Dean, School of Medicine And Health Sciences