Catalyst Magazine

School of Medicine

Through innovative medical education, pioneering research, and lifesaving patient care, the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) is a catalyst for improving health locally, nationally, and worldwide. Chartered in 1807 as the first public medical school in the United States, UMSOM has provided exceptional education and training to generations. UMSOM continues to be one of the nation’s top-tier biomedical research enterprises and an innovator in translational medicine. In partnership with the University of Maryland Medical System, we provide care for nearly 2 million patients annually with a total economic impact of more than $15 billion on the state and local community.

In 2020, medical students were introduced to a new system-based curriculum with an emphasis on active learning.

Advanced Discovery-Based Medicine

More than $275.5 million was raised for research through private philanthropy
to find solutions to the most challenging patient cases and take on the most debilitating and complex diseases. Faculty research in brain science has led to the use of MRI-guided focused ultrasound (FUS) to effectively treat essential tremor and Parkinson’s disease and the first clinical trial in the United States to use FUS technology to open the blood-brain barrier for therapeutic drug delivery to combat deadly brain tumors.

Starting with a bequest gift of $166,000 from the Clare E. Forbes Trust, researchers at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center funded five pilot studies into the causes, prevention, and novel therapeutic treatments for schizophrenia, which in turn resulted in five grants from the National Institutes of Health totaling more than $9 million in fewer than five years.

Supported Faculty Excellence

Twenty-seven new endowed professorships and chairs were created — 12 were matched through the Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative Fund program — to attract and sustain eminent faculty physicians, investigators, scholars, and educators to advance medical education, discovery, and clinical innovation.

The Stewart & Marlene Greenebaum Family Foundation, among the most generous and active benefactors in the history of UMSOM, has made significant impact through its contributions and establishment of multiple endowed professorships, including the Marlene & Stewart Greenebaum Distinguished Professor in Oncology, Marlene & Stewart Greenebaum Professor of Radiation Oncology, Drs. Angela and Harry Brodie Distinguished Professorship in Translational Cancer Research, and Stewart J. Greenebaum Endowed Professor in Stroke Neurology.

Elevated Medical Education and Training

We launched a progressive Renaissance Curriculum that engages and inspires a new generation of medical students to become self-directed, lifelong learners.

Maurice N. Reid, MD ’99, pledged over $2 million, supporting the renovation of UMSOM’s gross anatomy laboratories, the creation of new team-based learning environments, and the incorporation of innovative learning technology into the curriculum.

Carolyn J. Pass, MD ’66, and Richard M. Susel, MD ’66*, supported educator recognition and development through the establishment of The Pass and Susel Academy of Educational Excellence and the Leadership Training and Innovation Fund.

Expanded Medical Career Access

We raised more than $11.3 million and created 134 new student scholarships to assist the most capable students, who represent the diversity of our state and nation, in pursuing their dreams of becoming a physician, biomedical researcher, or allied health professional.

Propelled Innovation and Discovery

We established the UMSOM Innovation Fund and the Center for Advanced Research Training and Innovation to support faculty career development, strengthen collaboration, and cultivate a community of bold innovators — those who envision and move cutting-edge research from the laboratory into groundbreaking discoveries.

New Spaces for Research and Medical Education

We changed the landscape of research and medical education with the opening of Health Sciences Research Facility III (HSRFIII) to accelerate the pace and scope of innovation and discovery, the renovation of the Medical School Teaching Facility’s Leadership Hall, and the restoration of Davidge Hall to preserve and ensure future use of the oldest teaching facility in America continuously used for medical education.

A historic $20 million gift from Robert E. Fischell, ScD, and Susan Fischell will provide capital support for HSRFIII and support research and endowed professorships for the Robert E. Fischell Center for Biomedical Innovation.

Capital support of $500,000 to name an HSRFIII seminar room was provided by longtime donor and Board of Visitors member Carolyn B. Frenkil.


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