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Rising Fourth-Year Daniel O’Neill Balances HIV Activism with Life as an M.D./M.P.H. Degree Student

By Steve Goldstein

Hurrying into a Dupont Circle sandwich shop during a break in his preceptorship at a private practice specializing in HIV patients, Daniel O’Neill wolfed down his lunch and prepared for his busy afternoon. A type 1 diabetic since he was 13, the rising fourth-year student at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) is aware that controlling his blood sugar is the only way he can manage his extremely active schedule as an activist, HIV awareness campaigner, and M.D./M.P.H. degree student. Read more

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. Read more

Where Opportunities Lead

Rep. Donna Christensen, M.D. ’70, Follows the Path from St. Croix to Capitol Hill

By Thomas Kohout

Donna Christensen, M.D. ’70, never intended to go into medicine. When her father, a former United States Attorney and Judge in the U.S. Virgin Islands, suggested she consider a career as a physician, the strong-willed island-girl from St. Croix wouldn’t hear of it. Although she says she was always interested in science and biology, becoming a doctor was a decision that came later. Christensen never intended to go into politics either, but somehow a series of influential moments ultimately led her to GW’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS). From there Christensen developed a successful career in family practice, became the first female physician to serve in the House of Representatives, and most recently, Christensen will serve as the keynote speaker at her alma mater’s graduation ceremony on May 20. Read more

Matter Over Mind

Researchers Identify Gene Involved in White Matter Development

By Anna Miller

At first, Li-Jin Chew, Ph.D., research assistant professor of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), and Vittorio Gallo, Ph.D., professor of Pediatrics and of Pharmacology and Physiology at SMHS, were in the dark. Their eight-year venture to better understand how the brain makes and repairs myelin — a coating that insulates the axons of neurons and that, as a whole, is referred to as white matter — began slowly with little funding and few clues. Read more