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Message FromThe


Boston University Medicine

is published by the Boston

University School of Medicine Communications


Maria Ober

Director of Communications

design & production

Boston University Creative Services

contributing writers

Lisa Brown, Gina DiGravio, Kathryn Mariano,

Gillian Smith


Frank Curran, Jake Hopkins, David Keough

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Maria Ober

Communications Office

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As I reflect on our recent 170th

Commencement exercises, during which

we launched another 559MDs, PhDs, and

master’s degree graduates into careers in

the biomedical sciences and medicine, I

recognize that they are becoming physicians

and scientists at a time of great discovery,

but also great change and uncertainty. We

have had epidemics of MERs, Ebola, Zika,

and more. Wars and tensions around the

world have escalated with a growing num-

ber of refugees, many of them in our own

patient population. US health outcomes are

lower than that of other developed coun-

tries, although our health care costs are

higher. We hope our creative, resilient, intel-

ligent, and innovative graduates will become

the leaders in solving these critical problems.

Just three months ago, our MD seniors

celebrated Match Day, which began with

class awards and honors as students con-

gregated on the front steps for their class

picture. Finally came the countdown to

noon, when they learned where they would

spend their residencies. All of our students

matched in competitive residencies from

Maine to California; the top specialties

chosen were internal medicine, pediatrics,

emergency medicine, OB/GYN, surgery,

and radiology, in that order.

While our seniors were busy plan-

ning their residencies, a team of eight

second-year medical students earned

second place in the

New England Journal of


SPRINT Data Analysis Challenge

(see page 12), placing ahead of 141 other

faculty teams frommedical schools such

as Harvard, Yale, Columbia, and Stanford.

We celebrated the appointments of

Dr. Vasan Ramachandran as the Jay and

Louise Coffman Professor in Vascular

Medicine and Dr. Darrell Kotton as the

David C. Seldin Professor of Medicine,

and welcomed two new department

chairs, Dr. David Greer (from Yale) to

chair the Department of Neurology, and

Dr. Jennifer Tseng (from Harvard) to chair

the Department of Surgery.

In addition to BU Medicine’s typical

focus on alumni, faculty, and student

achievements, this issue’s feature story

celebrates BUSM alumni couples. A quick

search of our alumni data documented

almost 200 couples who met and married

at BUSM since 1950, and we highlight some

of these couples who graciously shared

their stories (see page 14).

Alumni celebrating five-year reunions

visit the Medical Campus each spring to

catch up with their classmates and see how

medical education has changed (and the

important values and missions that remain

unchanged). They are part of the School’s

rich and diverse legacy, contributing to the

history we share. We also celebrated the

illustrious careers of Drs. Nicole Gibran, MD

(MED’85), and Kevin Tracey, MD (MED’83),

at the first Distinguished Alumni Awards

Luncheon (see page 28).

Dr. Gibran, professor of surgery and

adjunct professor of medicine (dermatol-

ogy) at the University of Washington (UW)

in Seattle, also serves as the David & Nancy

AuthWashington Research Foundation

Chair in Restorative Burn Surgery and directs

the UWMedicine Regional Burn Center at

HarborviewMedical Center.

Dr. Tracey, professor of neurosurgery and

molecular medicine at the Hofstra Northwell

School of Medicine, also is president and

CEO of The Feinstein Institute for Medical

Research and executive vice president for

research at Northwell Health in New York.

The Campaign for Boston University

continues. BUSM has raised $225 million of

our $240 million goal, including $21 million

in student scholarships and $4.3 million in

Annual Fund support. On behalf of our stu-

dents, faculty, and staff, I’d like to thank the

2,292 alumni, and many parents and friends

who have contributed to our campaign goals

for their support.

Please enjoy this issue of


University Medicine


Karen Antman, MD

Provost, Medical Campus

Dean, School of Medicine