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  • 06/13/24 Alumni contribute new ping pong paddles to UMass Chan

    Alumni contribute new ping pong paddles to UMass Chan

    By: Sophie Bergmann

    When Jürgen Holleck, MD’99, R’02, and Walter Mutter, MD’99, returned to the UMass Chan campus for Reunion 2024 in May, for old times’ sake, they visited the Student Lounge, where they used to play ping pong to unwind after long days of studying.

  • 06/13/24 Beth McCormick and Thoru Pederson interact during a question-and-answer session.

    Supporters of science take a ride on the gut highway

    Are we more microbial than human? This thought-provoking question was posed at the 39th annual meeting of the Hudson Hoagland Society (HHS) held on May 14 at UMass Chan Medical School. 

  • 06/12/24 Bob and Mary Wellman

    Scholarship for PhD students will honor Robert (Bob) Wellman, PhD, and his late wife, Mary Wellman, PhD

    Bob Wellman, PhD, and the late Mary Wellman, PhD, shared a commitment to psychology and education that will live on through a new bequest intention. 

  • 06/06/24 Shaff family

    Shaff Family Scholarship reflects gratitude and the spirit of educational opportunity

    Leslie Shaff, MD’84, P'99, MBA, JD, MAT, always wanted to be a doctor. However, when she graduated from college in the late 1960s, the message received by many women at the time was clear: You can’t practice medicine and start a family. Aspiring female physicians, including Leslie, often felt forced to choose one path or the other. 

  • 05/13/24 Vivian Sass presenting her painting to the team at CANDO.

    Fund for autism research at UMass Chan aims to improve clinical care

    Meghan Banik Sass, MD’03, R’05, F’09, and Ugyen Sass, recently endowed a fund for autism research at UMass Chan on behalf of their family, which includes daughter Rosie, age 13, along with Vivian.

  • 04/11/24 Andres Schanzer is joined by donors Bruce Cutler and Kim Cutler and Chancellor Michael F. Collins at the annual Convocation and Investiture ceremony in September 2023.

    Founding chief of vascular surgery at UMass Chan deepens his legacy through endowed chair

    As an esteemed professor of surgery emeritus and founding chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery, Bruce Cutler, MD, has built an enduring legacy at UMass Chan Medical School, well-known among the division for his fierce commitment to providing the highest standard of patient-centered care. Now, Dr. Cutler’s decadeslong connection to UMass Chan has evolved to cherished benefactor, alongside his wife, Kim, with the establishment of the Cutler Chair in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery.

  • 03/04/24 Gerry Cox, holding his Distinguished Alumni Award, alongside his son, Alex Cox.

    From serving our country to nurturing future generations of medical students

    For 40 years, Gerard R. (Gerry) Cox, MD’83, MHA, has built a distinguished medical career rooted in government and military service, including his current role as the assistant under secretary for health for quality and patient  safety in the Veterans Health Administration. Now, Dr. Cox is building a legacy in medical education through a scholarship he funded with his wife, Catherine W. Cox, RN, PhD, to benefit students at UMass Chan Medical School.

  • 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. 

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