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Philanthropy and Giving Thanks

It’s an intensive time to work in Development at GW. We are in the midst of MAKING HISTORY: THE CAMPAIGN FOR GW, an ambitious fundraising initiative that aims to raise $1 billion for the university by 2018. At the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), our goal is to raise $225 million, nearly a quarter of the total.

Dennis Narango, M.A., C.F.R.E. Associate Dean, SM HS and Associate Vice President for GW Medicine Development and Alumni Relations
Dennis Narango, M.A., C.F.R.E.
Associate Dean, SMHS and Associate Vice President for GW Medicine
Development and Alumni Relations

With such an important responsibility entrusted to us in Development, it’s tempting to get tunnel vision and to fixate on the destination while ignoring the journey.

The holiday season always helps to put things into perspective. In meeting the milestones we have achieved during our campaign journey, we find there is much to be thankful for:

  • That last fiscal year SMHS surpassed its $18 million fundraising goal and went on to attain $21.1 million, thanks to all of our benefactors.
  • That for the past three fiscal years SMHS has consecutively increased its attainment, with a 56.4 percent increase from FY12 to FY14 (July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2014).
  • That our development staff has a 100-percent participation rate in giving to SMHS, showing that the “boots on the ground” of this campaign are personally dedicated to our mission.

Giving thanks during the holidays points to the close relationship between gratitude and philanthropy. Our donors include alumni who are grateful for an extraordinary GW education, and patients who are grateful for the care they have received in their time of need. Their gifts are an expression of gratitude as well as a vote of confidence in GW.

Thankfulness and philanthropy, however, do not always have to take the form of money. It can be volunteerism. We are inspired by Stuart Kassan, M.D. ’72, Jay Katzen, M.D. ’72, and Lara Oboler, M.D. ’95, three accomplished SMHS alumni and Dean’s Council members, who have volunteered to co-chair the SMHS Capital Campaign. Kassan and Oboler are also serving as co-chairs of the Dean’s Council. Supporting the campaign chairs are three honorary co-chairs, the inestimable L. Thompson Bowles, M.D.; Robert Keimowitz, M.D.; and Luther Brady, M.D. ’48. They are giving of their time to move our mission forward. Other alumni and friends are coming on board in new volunteer positions, as well.

I would like to invite you to help advance our mission. Be it a donation, your time, or by spreading the word of our campaign, every effort counts. Thank you to everyone who has supported SMHS thus far during this campaign. You give us much to be thankful for.

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Dennis Narango, M.A., C.F.R.E.

Associate Dean, SMHS, and Associate Vice President for GW Medicine
Development and Alumni Relations


Dean’s Council Members

Gary M. Abramson, Partner, the Tower Companies
Christopher L. Barley, M.D. ’93, Internal Medicine, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cornell/Weill School of Medicine
Luther W. Brady Jr., M.D. ’48, B.A.’46, Radiation Oncology, Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Drexel University College of Medicine, GW Emeritus Trustee
Carlos R. Diaz, M.D. ’72, RESD ’75, Internal Medicine, Head, Internal Medicine Department, Naval Aerospace Medical Institute
Daniel Ein, M.D., FACP, FAAAAI, FACAAI, Clinical Professor of Medicine, The George Washington University, Director, Allergy & Sinus Center at the GW Medical Faculty Associates
Jeanne G. Holzgrefe, M.D. ’96, Psychiatrist, Private Practice
Floyd Alexander Katske, M.D. ’76, RESD ’77, Urology, Clinical Assistant Professor of Urology, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California-Los Angeles
Stuart S. Kassan, M.D. ’72, FACP, MACR, co-chair, Distinguished Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, Chief Medical Officer, Multispecialty Physician Partners, GW Board of Trustees
Jay E. Katzen, M.D. ’72, B.A. ’67, Ophthalmology, Ophthalmologist, the Eye Center, GW Board of Trustees
Kerry L. Kuhn, M.D. ’73, RESD ’77, B.A. ’70, FACOG, Gynecology, Private Practice, Senior Vice President of VitalMD
Gerald S. Lazarus, M.D. ’63, Dermatology, Professor of Dermatology, Johns Hopkins University, GW Board of Trustees
Manucher Mohtashemi, M.D., Internal Medicine, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Lara S. Oboler, M.D. ’95, co-chair, Cardiology, Interventional Cardiologist, Lenox Hill Heart & Vascular Institute
John C. Pan, M.D. ’70, RESD ’74, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Founder, GW’s Center for Integrative Medicine, The George Washington University
Richard G. Popiel, M.D. ’81, RESD ’83, B.A. ’75, M.B.A., Internal Medicine, Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President, Regence Health Care Services
Rakesh C. Sahni, M.D., Cardiology, Interventional Cardiologist, Maryland Cardiology Associates
Mark W. Surrey, M.D. ’72, FACOG, FACS, Professor & Clinical Director, Reproductive Surgery, University of California, Los Angeles, Co-Founder and Medical Director, Southern California Reproductive Center
Allan B. Weingold, M.D., Obstetrics and Gynecology, Professor Emeritus, Former Chair of OB/GYN, The George Washington University
Art B. Wong, M.D. ’67, Emergency Medicine, Founder, Emergency Physicians Group

The Dean’s Council advises the dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences on strategic priorities and important issues for the school, and provides generous support and advocacy.

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