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  • 12/06/23 UMass Cancer Walk co-founder Dottie Manning leads the survivor lap alongside cancer survivor David Tatro.

    Milestone year for UMass Cancer Walk celebrated at Polar Park

    More than 2,500 people took part in the 25th annual UMass Cancer Walk presented by Harr Toyota at Polar Park on Sunday, Sept. 24. Participants raised nearly $750,000 to support adult and pediatric cancer research and clinical trials at UMass Chan Medical School.

  • 12/05/23 Raiden

    Hope where there was none

    Enjoy your time with him,” said the genetic counselor. Linda and Tommy Pham’s son, Raiden, had just been diagnosed with UBA5 disorder, an ultra-rare, life-threatening disease with no available treatments, and these words signified a devastating take on his prognosis. 

  • 11/27/23 Sue and Rick Seder flank student speaker Sarah Danforth, a member of the Class of 2024.

    Annual Scholarship Celebration brings together generous donors and grateful students to make meaningful connections

    On Nov. 1, scholarship donors and scholarship recipients came together at UMass Chan Medical School’s Albert Sherman Center to celebrate student achievement, gratitude and the spirit of giving back. The evening marked the in-person return of this cherished annual event. 

  • 11/13/23 Donors who supported UMass Chan Medical School’s COVID-19/Pandemic Research Fund and/or the Vaccine Corps pose for a photo with Chancellor Michael F. Collins at the reception.

    Honoring the generosity of donors who stepped up for science during COVID-19

    On Oct. 18, Chancellor Michael F. Collins hosted a dinner to celebrate those champions of science who generously supported UMass Chan Medical School’s pandemic response through gifts to the COVID-19/Pandemic Research Fund and/or the Vaccine Corps—collectively donating nearly $3.44 million.

  • 10/10/23 Dean Terence R. Flotte; newly invested faculty members Vaikom S. Mahadevan, MD, Sharon B. Cantor, PhD, Andres Schanzer, MD, and Michael A. Brehm, PhD; and Chancellor Michael F. Collins.

    Celebrating a most talented faculty, the heart and soul of UMass Chan, and the donors who support them

    In keeping with UMass Chan Medical School tradition, outstanding faculty were honored at the Convocation and Investiture ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 14, part of the annual week of festivities marking the start of a new academic year. The generosity of donors who stepped up to establish new endowed chairs—invaluable mechanisms for honoring and supporting accomplished faculty—featured in the celebration. 

  • 10/02/23 Peter Schlegel, MD'83

    Leading urologist pays it forward

    An internationally renowned expert in the treatment of male infertility, Peter Schlegel, MD'83, has left an indelible mark on the field of urology. Together with his family, Dr. Schlegel recently established an endowed scholarship fund at UMass Chan Medical School, giving back to the institution he recognizes as central to his successful career. 

  • 09/21/23 John F. Sullivan, MD’06 R’12

    Celebrating the legacy of a beloved mentor and dedicated physician through a new lecture fund

    Before he passed away in June 2022 after a two-year battle with cancer, John F. Sullivan, MD’06 R’12, expressed his wish that a neuropsychiatry lecture fund be established in his memory, making an enduring mark on the field to which he dedicated his career. 

  • 09/14/23 Dr. Maloney, McLean and Goldberg

    New education fund honors founding chair of UMass Chan’s dermatology department

    As a pioneering surgeon, tireless patient advocate and deeply dedicated teacher and mentor, Mary Maloney, MD, founding chair of the dermatology department at UMass Chan Medical School, has inspired a generation of dermatologists and made a profound impact on the field. 

  • 07/27/23 Artist rendering of the new education and research building.

    On track to open in 2024, new education and research building will drive collaboration and scientific discovery

    Bringing together some of the greatest minds in biomedical research under one roof, the new education and research building at UMass Chan Medical School will be an incubator of scientific collaboration.

  • 07/06/23 Anne and Gary  Vanderweil

    For Vanderweils, son’s excellent medical education brings gratitude and drive to give back

    Gary Vanderweil is mostly retired from his career at Vanderweil Engineers, but he still commutes regularly into the company’s Boston office from Cohasett, where he and his wife Anne live. As he spoke to us via Zoom about his and Anne’s enthusiastic support of UMass Chan Medical School, the evolving skyline of the Seaport District sparkled behind his desk; a fitting backdrop for an engineer who designs buildings around the world. Two of Anne and Gary’s children followed in Gary’s footsteps, joining Vanderweil, but son Stefan Vanderweil, MD’12 R’16, chose a different path that took flight at UMass Chan. 

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