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New Beginnings and Future Goals

Spring is a season for new beginnings, and that has been true as ever at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS). This year we have installed renowned HIV/AIDS researcher Douglas F. Nixon, M.D., Ph.D., as the Ross Professor of Basic Science Research and chair of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine. We celebrated the appointment of longtime SMHS leader Nancy Gaba, M.D. ’93, RESD ’97, FACOG, as the new Oscar I. and Mildred S. Dodek and Joan B. and Oscar I. Dodek Jr. Professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. We unveiled the newly renovated areas of Ross Hall, which include the state-of-the-art Clinical Learning And Simulation Skills Center and an array of new laboratories. And on the occasion of commencement, we celebrate the reason for all our endeavors, our graduates.

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

For the SMHS Class of 2014, their journey as students is over, and they now will make the leap from medical and graduate school to careers in health care. The magnitude of this transition cannot be underestimated; however, they will embark on this path armed with the extraordinary advantage of their GW education.

An excellent academic program is just one component of our four-part mission: to teach, to heal, to discover, and to serve. We are able to do these things, and do them well, thanks in ever-increasing measure to the philanthropic support of our alumni and friends. You are partners with us in this mission.

Philanthropy will be more vital than ever in the period to come. At SMHS, we are already working to secure the resources we need to propel us to our greatest potential. We are changing lives and changing medicine at GW. We invite you to become a part of our forward momentum, and learn more about our new beginnings and future goals.






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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, GW, Director, Allergy & Sinus Center at the GW MFA
Stuart S. Kassan, M.D. ’72, FACP, MACR, Distinguished Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, Chief Medical Officer, Multispecialty Physician Partners, GW Board of Trustees
Floyd A. Katske, M.D. ’76, RESD ’77, Urology, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Urology, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA
Jay E. Katzen, M.D. ’72, B.A. ’67, 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, 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
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
Mark A. Reiley, M.D. ’79, Orthopedic Surgery, Founder and Chief Medical Officer, SI-BONE, Inc.
Rakesh C. Sahni, M.D., Cardiology, Interventional Cardiologist, Maryland Cardiology Associates
Deborah S. Sarnoff, M.D. ’80, FAAD, FACP, Dermatology, Director of Dermatologic Surgery, Cosmetique Dermatology, Laser, and Plastic Surgery Center
Mark W. Surrey, M.D. ’72, FACOG, FACS, Professor & Clinical Director, Reproductive Surgery, UCLA, Co-Founder and Medical Director, Southern California Reproductive Center
Allan B. Weingold, M.D., Obstetrics and Gynecology, Professor Emeritus, Former GW Chair of OBGYN
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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