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Dean's Message
Donald E. Wilson, MD, MACP
E. Albert Reece, MD, Phd, MBA
Vice President for Medical Affairs

The John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers
Distinguished Professor and Dean

Iwas pleased to celebrate in August my first anniversary as dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. In the year that I have been here, I have been gratified to learn that this medical school is just as exceptional as I thought it was when I accepted the position two summers ago.

What’s on my mind this fall are the many exciting ways that alumni can help position the University of Maryland School of Medicine for continued success. I encourage each and every alumnus and alumna to become more actively involved in our academic medical community, through grand rounds, lectureships, community outreach initiatives, mentoring relationships, or any other creative ways. Your knowledge and experience as lifelong physicians, scientists and allied health professionals can have a dramatic impact upon the lives of our aspiring young health and science professionals.

I would also like to invite you to visit our campus to see how we have grown and will continue to expand the physical facilities. We have added significant new research space and dramatically upgraded our teaching facilities as a result of very generous philanthropic contributions, including gifts from Elizabeth Hosick, ’66, and Irving Taylor, ’43M, and his family. These state-of-the-art facilities will play a key role in our ability to attract and retain the exceptional faculty members and outstanding medical students who comprise our dynamic learning community.

If you cannot visit our campus in person, I would suggest that you take a look at our website,, which is filled with interesting stories about you, our alumni, as well as faculty, staff and students, and the many exciting programs and initiatives that are currently underway. I am certain that you will find our website informative and topical. You may even find that there are faculty members at the medical school who are conducting research in a discipline of personal or professional interest to you. I would like nothing more than to expand the breadth and scope of our work by developing even more collaborative relationships with our alumni.

Over the last year you have received my vision letters on research, education, clinical care and finance/philanthropy. I shared these with you so that you could see that the medical school has ambitious, yet attainable goals, and in the hope that you are willing to partner with me in my effort to attain these goals. I welcome your feedback and suggestions.

I have kept you informed on the exciting bicentennial events we ’ve had over the last nine months. We have just three more months left in our year-long bicentennial celebration and only a few more events. This month the School of Medicine is the sole sponsor of Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion at the historic Hippodrome Theatre—a live national performance. In November we will host a “Research Expo” for journalists and science writers in an effort to introduce them to some of our internationally acclaimed researchers and their groundbreaking work, as well as to help them understand the science behind the headlines. We are still planning our final event, to be held on or around December 18, the day the legislature signed the bill that created the College of Medicine of Maryland in 1807.

I was pleased to see some of you at my first State of the School Address on September 25th. The annual address was my opportunity to highlight the milestones we achieved together in the last 12 months and to touch on the challenges that lay ahead.

No great institution can succeed without the ongoing generous support of its alumni, faculty and friends. I have been overwhelmed by the philanthropic support that you have made to this institution during my first year as dean. I can assure you that your contributions have a profound effect upon our curriculum, research efforts and our community outreach initiatives. I hope that, together, we can continue to collectively raise our sights, and position this institution for another 200 years of excellence. I look forward to seeing you on your next visit to campus!

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