Dear Colleagues and Alumni,
Look to this issue for stories on our students, faculty and graduates in their work to advance the mission of the School of Medicine: to improve the health of all people, especially Missourians, through exemplary education, research and patient-centered care. We able to do this work through important collaborations both within and outside our system.
Within the last month, working with our colleagues in MU Health Care, the MU campus and the four-campus UM System, we have broken ground on the new NextGen Precision Health Institute adjacent to our academic health system campus, which will help us constellate research efforts in neuroscience, cancer and vascular disease. Furthermore, we have launched a unique strategic alliance with Siemens Healthineers, which will advance our access to future-oriented imaging equipment and expertise and promote education and research on new technologies.
In another collaborative effort, MU School of Medicine and MU Health Care leaders are working with campus colleagues to develop a joint strategic plan for our academic health system. This work has just begun and we will want your input. Stay tuned for opportunities to participate.
With heavy hearts, we offer good wishes to John and Naomi Lauriello, who are leaving MU to work at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. During his tenure here, John was instrumental in birthing the Missouri Psychiatric Center in the former Mid-Missouri Mental Health Center building and strengthening the patient care, education and research missions of the psychiatry department. He has been a valuable leader in the School of Medicine and MU Health Care. Naomi has been a vital faculty member in neonatology and has also served as a medical ethics consultant for the health system. Both will be missed.
This issue includes other great stories about our colleagues in neurology, nephrology, and family medicine and two of our School of Medicine graduates, Dustin Smith, MD ’09, who has started a free addiction treatment clinic and Dale Okorodudu, MD ’10, who is striving to increase the numbers of black men physicians.
Finally, even though it seems as if we just launched our 2019 graduates, we will be welcoming members of the class of 2023 as they attend the White Coat Ceremony on Aug. 2. This first rite of professional initiation reminds us to uphold the School of Medicine values of excellence, respect, service, responsibility, innovation, compassion and inclusion.
Steven Zweig, MD, MSPH
University of Missouri School of Medicine