Dear Colleagues and Alumni,
Thanks for your interest in the exciting things happening in the School of Medicine. I am happy to be able to add my thoughts to this newsletter as the new interim dean. As you can see, it describes just a few of the unique accomplishments in patient care, teaching and research of our faculty, students and staff. The Legacy Teachers program created at MU by Dr. Betsy Garrett — and now implemented at the Springfield campus — has been replicated across the nation because it brings the best in patient-centered education and care. I was also honored this month to recognize the many distinguished alumni receiving awards from the MU School of Medicine and Medical Alumni Organization.
It’s great to be a leader in a school with such notables as Dr. Peter Wilden (Hickman Award winner), Dr. Laine Young-Walker (ATHENA finalist) and Dr. David Gozal (honorary doctorate from the University of Barcelona – established in 1450!). We also remember Dr. Philip Acuff, a member of our first four-year class in 1957 and a great supporter of the MU School of Medicine. Best wishes and congratulations, too, to Dr. Karen Edison, a wonderful leader, clinician and dermatology chair retiring as our first woman faculty member to chair a School of Medicine department.
In just a few days, I will have the opportunity to congratulate each of our graduating medical students on the same stage I walked across at Jesse Hall, 40 years ago this month!
As a school that values diversity and inclusion, it is important that we recognize the contributions to our mission by each of our faculty, students, residents and staff: to improve the health of all people, especially Missourians, through exemplary education, research and patient-centered care.
Best regards to you all,
Steven Zweig, MD, MSPH
University of Missouri School of Medicine