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SOMnews Uni ve r s i ty Dean’s Message: of Maryland S chool of Medicine J a n u a r y 2 0 10 V o l . 11 N o . 5 What’s On My Mind hat’s on my mind this month is our new strategic plan, “Soaring to Greater Heights, Together.” In November nearly 100 leaders from the School of Medicine and University of Maryland Medical Center/System gathered at the new University of Maryland Southern Management Campus Center for a day-long retreat. The goal of this brainstorming session was to identify opportunities and to generate new ideas to help us take a “quantum leap” within the next five years. Committees have been working for over a year to develop roadmaps in the following areas: education, research, clinical care, community service and outreach and finance/philanthropy. Committee members met regularly to discuss, strategize and develop measurable goals and objectives for their specific areas. The resulting roadmaps formed the basis of the November retreat and were used as a starting point to identify opportunities, ideas and approaches to assist in the development of a strategic plan that is bold, catalytic and ambitious. At the retreat, I charged all participants to: • review and identify changes to the roadmaps to include opportunities within and across the university and medical system, • increase their personal commitment to the direction and success of the school, and • become a supportive community of leaders and stakeholders that will facilitate the plan implementation. These roadmaps are “living” documents, and work remains to be done to finalize these documents into one cohesive strategic plan. Small groups are being formed to update each roadmap based upon the discussion and feedback from the retreat. A final plan will be published next spring, and all board members, faculty, staff, fellows, residents and students will receive a copy. The University of Maryland School of Medicine’s 2010–2015 Strategic Plan, “Soaring to Greater Heights, Together,” is OUR strategic plan. The School of Medicine has enormous opportunities to continue the momentum we have developed together. The retreat was an important step in our common understanding about the road ahead, but it was just one step. The remaining steps must be taken by all of us. Competition will be even stiffer as the school’s recognition continues to rise. We will have to be smarter and even more focused to sustain our accomplishments and growth. The University of Maryland School of Medicine has already secured a place in the top-tier of US medical schools through our creativity and the hard work of our faculty, staff and ardent supporters. We must continue at our strong pace, especially in these challenging times. Setting priorities and staying on the right track will help us to continue to strengthen our mission areas. The School of Medicine’s 2010–2015 strategic plan will be instrumental in elevating this medical school to the next level of achievement in research, education, clinical care and community service and outreach. In the relentless pursuit of excellence, I am Sincerely yours, E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Maryland John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and Dean, University of Maryland School of Medicine The committee co-chairs are: Education: David B. Mallott, MD, Associate Dean for Medical Education, and John A. Talbott, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry Research: Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, Executive Vice Dean, and Curt I. Civin, MD, Associate Dean for Research, and Director, Center for Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine Clinical Care: Frank M. Calia, MD, MACP, Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs, and William Tucker, Chief Corporate Officer, University Physicians, Inc. Community Outreach & Service: Claudia R. Baquet, MD, MPH, Associate Dean for Policy & Planning, and Director, Program in Minority Health & Health Disparities Education & Research, and Jennifer B. Litchman, MA, Assistant Dean for Public Affairs Finance/Philanthropy: Gregory F. Handlir, MBA, Senior Associate Dean for Resource Management, and Dennis Narango, MA, Associate Dean for Development Photo by Tom Jenski School of Medicine Board of Visitors Welcomes Six New Members at Fall 2009 Meeting School of Medicine Board of Visitor (BOV) members attended their annual fall meeting on October 29, 2009. The meeting took place at the BioPark II Building, where the members were able to tour the Institute for Genome Sciences and hear a presentation from the institute’s director, Claire Fraser-Liggett, PhD, as well as meet and greet the six new members who recently joined the BOV. Melvin Sharoky, MD, chaired his last meeting as he stepped down from his position as chair in December. He will remain active on the board for the remainder of his term. Michael Cryor is the new chair. New Members: ROBERT C. EMBRY, JR., ESQ.—Mr. Embry has been the president of The Abell Foundation for 22 years. He has worked in public service at the city and state levels in education and urban planning and was assistant secretary of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1977 to 1981. ROBERT E. FISCHELL, ScD— Dr. Fischell, president of Fischell Biomedical, LLC, is a physicist, inventor and holder of more than 200 US and foreign medical patents. He invented the implantable insulin pump, numerous coronary stents and two extraordinary feedback systems that provide early warning of epileptic seizures and heart attacks. Dr. Fischell and his wife, Susan, served as the chairs of the School of Medicine’s 2009 Fund for Medicine Gala. HARRY C. KNIPP, MD, FACR—Dr. Knipp is a 1976 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and repre- sents four straight generations of Maryland medical graduates, dating back to his great grandfather of the Class of 1887. He is the founding member of Advanced Radiology, PA, the largest private medical practice in the state. expand WhitingTurner’s presence in the life sciences industries, including biotechnology, pharmaceutical processing and various federal laboratory clients. MARTIN I. PASSEN, MD—Dr. Pas- —Dr. Taylor is a sen, the current president of the University of Maryland Medical Alumni Association, graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1990. He served as clinical assistant professor of medicine from 1994 to 2004. He is founder and director of the Center for Medical Weight Loss. TIMOTHY J. REGAN—Mr. Regan is a senior vice president with The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company. He helped RICHARD L. TAYLOR, MD, FAAN past president of the University of Maryland Medical Alumni Association, where he served as a board member for ten years, including five years as treasurer. Dr. Taylor graduated with honors from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1975. He is the founder and president of Taylor Medical Group, a single specialty neurology group medical practice dedicated to providing quality neurological care to people in central Maryland. BOV Members at the Fall 2009 Meeting (L-R) Top: Daniel Wagner, Ronald Goldner, MD, Ronald Geesey; Middle: Harry Knipp, MD, FACR, Robert Fischell, ScD, Martin Passen, MD, William Davidow, Esq, and Richard Taylor, MD, FAAN; Bottom: John Kelly, Robert Embry, Jr., Esq., Edward Magruder Passano, Jr., Melvin Sharoky, MD, Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, Timothy Regan, Frank Carlucci, III. Not pictured: Peter Angelos, Esq., Morton Bogdonoff, MD, Joy Bramble, Michael Cryor, Stewart Greenebaum, Willard Hackerman and Carolyn McGuire Frenkil. Photo by Tom Jenski


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