Advancing our mission

Brooks Jackson, M.D., M.B.A.Accomplishments and ambitions. The Medical Bulletin is brimming with both.

In this issue, for example, you will read about Macaran Baird, M.D., M.S., outgoing head of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. The department, which has thrived under Dr. Baird’s leadership, is currently ranked third by the National Institutes of Health and is the U.S. leader in training family medicine physicians. Despite its success, however, the program requires greater support to meet our state’s growing need for family physicians.

Recently, StartClass ranked our Medical School No. 20 out of 174 medical schools nationally, based on admission standards, rankings such as U.S. News & World Report’s, student resources, and research funding. Innovative longitudinal clerkships, competency-based education, and new pipeline programs have made our school stronger and helped to improve our standings. Find out how one program feeds the physician pipeline by pairing high school students from diverse backgrounds with medical student mentors.

Our colleagues’ achievements advance our mission, too, and I am pleased to congratulate John Wagner, M.D., pediatrics professor and executive medical director of the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant program, who in February received a lifetime achievement award from the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Consortium. 

Finally, I want to introduce Chainbreaker, a bike ride to support the Masonic Cancer Center and cancer research across the University. The August 11–13 event is modeled after Ohio State University’s Pelotonia ride, which has raised more than $130 million in eight years. I know we can be just as successful, and I will be riding. Will you? Visit to register.

Thank you for backing our greatest ambitions. 

Published on March 28, 2017