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Message from Dean Paul Rothman

Dean RothmanWhen you start as a new leader at an institution, the possibilities are vast and the concerns can be many. When you walk into a place that is as steeped in tradition as Johns Hopkins is, however, there is an added, powerful layer of meaning, one that I find profoundly important.

Since my arrival here in July, and in the six months leading up to my first day on the job, I’ve had the opportunity to read and learn more about the history of our school of medicine, Johns Hopkins and its many leaders. What I have found, I readily admit, is both humbling and daunting. It’s not only that I follow in the footsteps of Ed Miller, whose great leadership has allowed me to come in at a time when Hopkins is thriving; it’s also that I stand on the foundation forged by so many Hopkins legends, the architects of modern medicine. Osler, Halsted, Kelly and Welch. Harvey Cushing, Vivien Thomas, Helen Taussig, Alfred Blalock and Mary Elizabeth Garrett. The list is as staggering as it is long. It is my aim to honor the traditions that have flourished here for more than a century, and in time, I hope to help them grow and expand. It should go without saying how proud I am to be a part of Johns Hopkins and this legacy of greatness in medicine—a legacy that each of you continues to help define.

I must also offer my sincere thanks to Ed Miller for everything he has done to benefit the health of our patients and our institution, and for so masterfully setting us up for future success. For his incredible generosity of time and spirit in our own interactions, I am immensely grateful. I know that we remain poised to attract, educate and train the very best in the field of medicine in large part because of his guidance.

With that said, I want to welcome our incoming class of medical school students. We are starting at roughly the same time, and so we will go on our journey together. The Genes to Society curriculum is cutting-edge, and you will feel the full benefits of its approach to how we translate science and how we care for our patients. You are indeed coming to Hopkins at an exciting time.

For those of you who’ve already passed through our halls, I’m looking forward to meeting with you when you come to Baltimore or as I travel around the country in my new role. I hope you're planning to join us in Baltimore for the Biennial Meeting and Reunion Weekend next June. I certainly am.

The range of learners that we have on this campus is remarkable, and I’m equally excited to be starting with all of our grad and masters students, Ph.D.’s, postdocs, fellows, residents and those in our Art as Applied to Medicine program. You represent the world’s next generation of great scientists, physicians, researchers and leaders in your fields, and I want you to know that I am personally dedicated to fostering your success.

With that in mind, I offer you this promise: I will strive at every turn to ensure that our school of medicine remains the best in the world. No matter the challenges that we will face due to shifts in the health care environment, our core nature will never change. We are The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and we will do exactly as our founders and luminaries have done before us. We will continue to pass down within our walls the pinnacle of medical knowledge.

Sincerely,

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Paul B. Rothman, M.D.
Frances Watt Baker, M.D. and Lenox D. Baker, Jr. M.D. Dean of the Medical Faculty
Chief Executive Officer, Johns Hopkins Medicine
Professor of Medicine and Molecular Biology & Genetics

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