Dear Colleagues-Friends,

It’s true I like to look for silver linings, and I’ve spotted many over this past year and a half in our School of Medicine: scientific advances, compassionate care, determination to address health disparities, to name just a few. I’ve also seen them in the work of our alumni – both in their communities across the nation as well as in partnership with their alma mater.

Even with all the uncertainty, upheaval and uneasiness we’ve faced, alumni have continued to contribute their time, wisdom and philanthropy. In the latest issue of the 12th & Marshall alumni magazine, we pay tribute to their spirit of generosity as well as to the impressive work that takes place in our School of Medicine each day.

You can explore the full issue on our website, which includes:

  • A feature story that recounts the multitude of ways alumni have been engaged with our school and our students, serving as guest speakers and on the medical school’s Inclusion Council, writing notes of encouragement and making gifts in support of equity scholarships.
  • A profile on Harinder Dhindsa, M.D., that describes how he was appointed chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine just four months into the coronavirus pandemic, facing a health care crisis that was also an unprecedented leadership challenge.
  • In the 15 for 15 feature story, we salute the 15th anniversary of the VCU Health Pauley Heart Center’s naming by spotlighting 15 of the advances made possible by the center’s good work.
  • In the On Campus section, we draw attention to research discoveries as well as examples of leadership and student success.
  • The magazine’s Class Notes section highlights physicians and surgeons who are serving as mentors to our students as well as advancing our school’s reputation, acting as our ambassadors in the realms of clinical care, research discoveries and medical education from coast to coast.

Our alumni have proven themselves to be valued partners to our school, and the 12th & Marshall alumni magazine is an important way they stay informed of the progress we make and the challenges we face. We have been made stronger through adversity, and our alumni have played an instrumental role. Now that is a very bright silver lining.

With the greatest respect and gratitude,

Pter F. Buckley, M.D.; Dean, VCU School of Medicine; Executive vice President for Medical Affairs, VCU Health System