Key Programming Decisions for North Campus Research Complex (NCRC)

As a leading research university with incredible talent and intellect, we are positioned to create the future of scientific research. But simply being in such a fortunate position and having a vast pool of talent doesn’t guarantee success. As entrepreneur Ray Kroc once said “The two most important requirements for major success are: first, being in the right place at the right time, and second, doing something about it.” Continue reading


With hundreds of thousands confirmed dead, hundreds of thousands of others displaced, injured, orphaned or homeless, and powerful aftershocks adding to the devastation and chaos in Haiti, we can never lose sight of our moral obligation to do what we can, when we can.

This is a tragedy of unimaginable proportions and one that has left me experiencing conflicting emotions. On the one hand, I feel extraordinarily proud of and moved by our Health System and campus communities for the outpouring of generosity and ongoing commitment to help victims of this disaster. On the other hand, I feel frustrated that I can’t do more to help. I know many of you feel this way, too. Continue reading

UMHS Response to Haiti Crisis

Good morning, everyone.

The situation in Haiti following Tuesday’s devastating 7.0 earthquake has been weighing heavily on my mind. With victims still presumed buried under rubble, injured families sleeping in the streets and aftershocks threatening more destruction, we must act urgently. Our mission obligates us to take a pro-active position to offer substantive humanitarian support as quickly as possible and volunteer our considerable resources to the recovery and healing process. Continue reading

Happy Holidays

Happy holidays, everyone! No matter what you celebrate this time of year, I hope you do so surrounded by loved ones.

The holidays are a wonderful time to reflect, assess and renew. In fact, many of us see the start of a new calendar year as the ideal time to evaluate our personal and professional goals, and begin making the daily decisions that help us achieve them. Continue reading

Things I’m Thankful For

Most of us have heard the saying “Life is a journey, not a destination.” I’ve been thinking about that phrase recently, specifically about the things that shape our individual journeys and, in essence, shape us as individuals.

As early as I can remember, my parents taught me to make choices that leave the world in a better place. This philosophy drove me to be a physician. This is the philosophy by which my husband Mark and I have raised Continue reading

Strategic Planning Process Update; Improving the World; NCRC Update

The Strategic Planning Process I detailed in last month’s faculty and staff newsletter is well under way! The Clinical, Research and Education committees have each met multiple times to begin assessing our strengths, opportunities and challenges. Essentially, they are evaluating where we are now (current state), where we should be in five, 10 years (future state), how we will get there (process) and how we will know if we are getting there (metrics). Continue reading