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Since the George Washington University launched its capital campaign, Making History: The Campaign for GW, we at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) have attained many significant gifts that will help us realize our vision and achieve our priorities. The SMHS share of the entire $1 billion campaign goal is a robust $225 million, and philanthropic contributions have greatly benefited our four pillars of excellence: students, faculty, programs, and facilities.

Dennis Narango, M.A., C.F.R.E. Associate Dean, SMHS 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



At SMHS, we have reached many milestones up to this point. We have already surpassed the $100 million mark. We have received generous gifts of all sizes, and we are particularly grateful for contributions designated for student support — one of our top fundraising priorities.

After the 2016 fiscal year ends on June 30, there will be only two years left in our campaign. These final years will be very structured as we work to achieve our attainment goal. We will continue to emphasize the GW Cancer Center in our fundraising efforts. This new center is dedicated to innovative research, personalized patient care, and cancer policy, and aims to be a national leader in the cancer health care system.

Making History is not just about fundraising, it’s also about expanding our network of active participants in the SMHS community from among our alumni, friends, and community partners. Critical to this effort has been the work of our volunteer leaders, especially our campaign co-chairs, Stuart S. Kassan, M.D. ’72, FACP, MACR; Jay E. Katzen, M.D. ’72, B.A. ’67; and Lara S. Oboler, M.D. ’95. Thank you to all volunteers for being our most valued advocates during this campaign.

As we enter the final two years of the campaign, I ask you to commit to our fundraising efforts if you have not done so already. There are many ways to participate, such as by joining our volunteer leaders as they magnify the message of Making History for a broader audience, or by hosting an alumni reception in your home or hometown. If you are contacted by a member of our development staff, don’t hesitate to schedule a one-on-one meeting to learn more about the funding needs of our important initiatives. Or you can participate by visiting our website,, and making a secure donation through the “Give” section.

No matter which way you choose to be a part of our campaign, now is the time to do it. Please don’t hesitate to act as we enter this critical stage of Making History.


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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

Stuart S. Kassan, M.D. ’72, FACP, MACR, Co-Chair
Rheumatology; Distinguished Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado-Denver School of Medicine; Chief Medical Officer, Multispecialty Physician Partners; GW Board of Trustees

Lara S. Oboler, M.D. ’95, Co-Chair
Cardiology; Lenox Hill Heart & Vascular Institute

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

Constance Urciolo Battle, M.D. ’67
Pediatrics and Public Health

Luther W. Brady Jr., M.D. ’48, HON. ’04, 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

Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology; Clinical Professor of Medicine, GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences; Director, Allergy & Sinus Center, GW Medical Faculty Associates

Thomas E. Flynn, M.D. ’86
Ophthalmology, Ellsworth Uveitis & Retina Care

Jeanne G. Holzgrefe, M.D. ’96, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Psychiatry; Chevy Chase Psychiatric Services; Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Floyd Alexander Katske, M.D. ’76, RESD ’77
Urology; Clinical Assistant Professor of Urology, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California–Los Angeles

Jay E. Katzen, M.D. ’72, B.A. ’67
Ophthalmology; The Eye Center; GW Board of Trustees

Kerry L. Kuhn, M.D. ’73, RESD ’77, B.A. ’70, FACOG
OB/GYN; Private Practice; Senior Vice President of VitalMD

Gerald S. Lazarus, M.D. ’63
Dermatology; Professor of Dermatology, Johns Hopkins University; Former Member, GW Board of Trustees

John C. Pan, M.D. ’70, RESD ’74
OB/GYN; Founder, Center for Integrative Medicine, The George Washington University

Richard G. Popiel, M.D. ’81, RESD ’83, M.B.A., B.S. ’75
Internal Medicine; Executive Vice President, Healthcare Services & Chief Medical Officer, Cambia Health Solutions & Regence Health Insurance Company

Smita H. Patel, M.D., DFAPA
Psychiatry, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Rakesh C. Sahni, M.D.
Cardiology; Maryland Cardiology Associates

Mark W. Surrey, M.D. ’72, FACOG, FACS
OB/GYN-Fertility; Professor & Clinical Director, Reproductive Surgery, University of California-Los Angeles; Co-Founder and Medical Director, Southern California Reproductive Center

Allan B. Weingold, M.D., HON. ’98
OB/GYN; Professor Emeritus, Former Chair of OB/GYN, Former Vice President for Medical Affairs and Executive Dean, The George Washington University

Art B. Wong, M.D. ’67
Emergency Medicine; Founder, Emergency Physicians Medical Group, PC

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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