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Building a Community of Knowledge and Skill

It has been said that the most important thing that we do as a university is create alumni who graduate with their new knowledge and skills prepared to make a difference in the world.

The GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) has generated thousands of outstanding and influential physicians, health professionals, and scientists who have touched millions of lives and thousands of communities.

Over the past several months, I have been honored to meet with our Medicine and Health Sciences alumni in multiple cities across the country. Without question, the most common thing I hear from our alumni is that they believe they were better prepared than their non-GW peers as they embarked upon their health careers. Our alumni are remarkably proud of GW and grateful for the education, training, and opportunities afforded to them.

Jeffrey Akman
Jeffrey S. Akman, M.D. ’81, G.M.E. ’85, Interim Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean, SMHS

SMHS alumni are eager to rattle off the names of their classmates who are accomplishing great things. Our alumni are internationally recognized for their cutting-edge basic science and clinical research, their advanced clinical practices, their leadership in professional and scientific societies, their service to their communities and commitment to philanthropy, and their reputations as distinguished physicians and health professionals.

Our alumni have discovered new treatments and medical devices, made important contributions to medical and scientific literature, influenced legislation and health policy, and led complex organizations. They are a valuable resource for the communities in which they live and work, for each other, as well as for our current and future students.

These achievements and contributions are central to the overall reputation of SMHS. We look to our alumni to serve as a built-in community of outstanding role models and mentors for our students. We also ask our alumni to contribute to the advancement of our school and society.

Please email ( and keep us informed of your current projects, employment, appointments, and latest accomplishments. Your classmates, the GW medical community, and I want to hear about the great things you are doing.

Best wishes,




Jeffrey S. Akman, M.D. ’81, G.M.E. ’85
Interim Vice President for Health Affairs
and Dean, School of Medicine and Health Sciences