A Note from Ross Hall
Dear members of the SMHS community,
BELIEVE is the acronym for the title of the landmark $28 million, five-year National Institutes of Health grant awarded to GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) faculty members to work toward a cure for HIV/AIDS. Of course, it also reflects the confidence that this remarkable team of researchers and clinicians has to advance our knowledge of the immune system and our ability to clear HIV from the body.
Believe is also the theme of this edition of Medicine + Health. What links these articles is our collective belief in the SMHS mission and in our outstanding students, residents, fellows, faculty, alumni, and staff. These stories reflect the amazing work that takes place at SMHS every day.
Whether you gain inspiration from our diverse student body and residents in pursuit of their calling to be leaders in medicine and health care; are excited by the advances in the basic sciences, translational or clinical research; or are moved by the impact that our faculty and alumni have on the communities in which we serve, I hope that you find reasons to believe in SMHS and make gift to support these efforts.
Philanthropy is an important way for you to express your belief in SMHS. An unrestricted gift or a gift made to the dean’s discretionary fund will be used for student scholarships — my number one priority. However, our terrific faculty also require support for their efforts to create innovative teaching models, to perform groundbreaking research, and to provide cutting-edge clinical care. Giving opportunities are unlimited. If something in this edition does not match your interests, I encourage you to pull up the school’s website (smhs.gwu.edu) and see what else is taking place at SMHS.
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