Loss and resilience

Make no mistake, we have been facing a lot of hard days. Recent losses of faculty members, losses by department colleagues of parents, and even the loss of children have reminded us all of our fragility and the quickness with which our whole world can change. But in our grief, we are reminded of the […]

Our publications reflect who we are

Recently, the Carver College of Medicine asked department chairs to nominate up to three publications from 2020 that demonstrate excellence in research for a “Best Paper Award.” Only one nomination could be considered in each of three categories of research—basic science, clinical, and education. With more than 1,100 publications last year by department faculty, this […]

Sad news about Y-Chen (Elizabeth) Kuo, MD

It is with an incredibly heavy heart that I share news of the unexpected passing of our friend and colleague Dr. Elizabeth Kuo this morning. I know I can speak for our entire community when I offer her husband of 38 years, Chou-Long, their children, Ivan and Jocely, and their first grandchild, our deepest sympathies […]

Appreciating our diversity, our strength

What an honor it is to write this week’s message to you. On Tuesday next week, the Department of Internal Medicine will return to a tradition we began 15 years ago, Employee Appreciation Day. In its first years, we designed and printed T-shirts for everyone, and I enjoy seeing those appear in labs or around […]

Social determinants of health, burnout and self-care

If you attended or watched last week’s Grand Rounds given by Dr. Robert Wallace from the College of Public Health, you would have learned that we had been losing ground in the United States when it comes to life expectancy even before COVID-19 appeared. The reason for this comes back again and again to social […]

Momentum propels the new academic year

And then, in a rush, it’s July already. Welcome to the last half of calendar 2021, the new fiscal year, and a new academic year. Yesterday was our interns’ first day on the job as freshly minted doctors. I am already hearing reports from faculty on just how impressed they are with our newest members. […]

Streit named Interim Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases

I am pleased to announce that Judy Streit, MD, clinical professor of internal medicine, has accepted the role of Interim Director for the Division of Infectious Diseases. Dr. Streit takes the role as Daniel Diekema, MD, MS, is stepping down after eleven years and returning to the faculty. Effective June 28, Dr. Streit will direct the division while […]

Juneteenth and our commitment to equity and inclusion

Tomorrow is Juneteenth. Earlier this week, both houses of Congress voted by wide bipartisan margins to make Juneteenth a federal holiday. Yesterday, President Biden signed this into law. This decision recognizes that to build a better tomorrow it is important to acknowledge the stains of the past and to use the lessons of history to […]

Celebrating the future and reflecting on the past

At the beginning of the year I mentioned that I would be watching numbers in The Loop, and not only has our Fully Vaccinated Employees number grown well past an amazing 15,200, but the number of inpatients with COVID-19 has been hovering in the single digits and even briefly turning zero for most of the […]

Leaders: Young, old and in-between

In reflecting on our journey during this last pandemic year, I have been gratified to see so many of our colleagues step into or expand their leadership roles, working extra hours, lending your expertise and voice to public messaging, or working behind the scenes to ensure a safe environment for staff and patients. Leadership within University […]