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"Snowballing to Success"

Dr. Solomon Synder
Dr. Snyder in 1979

When Ross Jaffe and Arnold-Peter Weiss, co-chairs of their Class of 1985 25th reunion, issued a generous challenge to their classmates, they launched more than a highly successful reunion gift effort. Their pledge—to match 1:1 new class gifts, up to $100,000—inspired a surge of support. The collective contribution of the class totaled more than $620,000 in commitments, including the creation of two endowed funds, the Drs. Beth and Warren Bromberg Scholarship Fund and the Solomon H. Snyder Laboratory Alumni Fund for Medical Education and Research Training.

Read more in "Snowballing to Success" in the Spring/Summer 2012 Hopkins Medicine magazine.

About the Interviewees

Ross Jaffe, Med '85
Ross A. Jaffe, M.D., is co-founder and managing director of Versant Ventures, a healthcare-focused venture capital firm in Menlo Park, California. He is a board-certified internist, having completed his residency training in internal medicine/primary care at the University of California, San Francisco, where he remained a part-time attending physician until 1995. Before and during medical school, he was an analyst for Lewin and Associates, a healthcare consulting firm, and a research associate at Dartmouth Medical School.

Dr. Jaffe is a member of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) Medical Industry Group and the Medical Innovation and Competitiveness Coalition (MedIC) and is a director of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists (WAVC). He also chairs the Board of the Children's Health Council (Palo Alto, California), and serves on the Board of Advisors of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice. He earned his B.A .in policy studies from Dartmouth in 1980, his M.D. from Johns Hopkins in 1985 and his M.B.A. from Stanford in 1990.

Dr. Nye with his wife
Dr. Nye with this wife

Jeffrey Nye, Med '88
Jeffrey S. Nye, M.D., Ph.D., is head of Neuroscience External Innovation at Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies. Prior to this position, Dr. Nye had a successful academic career, where he was a tenured associate professor of molecular pharmacology and biological chemistry and of pediatrics (neurology) at Northwestern University. Clinically, he was the director of Spina Bifida Genetic Research at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

Dr. Nye received his bachelor’s in biochemistry and master’s in pharmacology degrees from Harvard. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he studied cannabinoid receptors with Dr. Solomon Snyder.

Drs. Weiss, Miller and Jaffe
Drs. Weiss and Jaffe with
Dean/CEO Edward Miller

Arnold-Peter Weiss, Med '85
Arnold-Peter C. Weiss, M.D., is an internationally recognized hand surgeon and professor of orthopaedics and associate dean of medicine at the Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, where he received B.A. and M.D. degrees. He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and a hand surgery fellowship at the Indiana Hand Center.

Dr. Weiss specializes in hand and wrist reconstruction with a special interest in finger and wrist joint replacement surgery. Dr. Weiss has published over 130 articles in medical journals, is co-editor of the major textbook, Hand Surgery, and regularly lectures throughout the world on hand and wrist disorders.

Related Resources

Learn more about Dr. Snyder and his work.

  • Solomon Snyder, M.D., D.Sc., D.Phil. (Hon. Causa), from the Department of Neuroscience
  • Solomon H. Snyder Wikipedia page
  • Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences interview with Dr. Snyder, mentioning his mentoring role
  • "The House that Sol Built," Hopkins Medicine magazine 2006 article
  • The History of Neuroscience in Autobiography, Volume 6, written by Dr. Snyder
  • Dr. Sol Snyder: “Creativity in Psychophamarmacology: Research with the Spark of a True Mentor"

The Solomon H. Snyder Fund for M.D.-Ph.D. Education and Research Training

The Solomon H. Snyder Fund for M.D.-Ph.D. Education and Research Training was established in 2011 by Jeffrey Nye, M.D., Ph.D. All gifts and pledges made to the Fund will benefit the M.D.-Ph.D. Program in the School of Medicine, providing financial support to students to advance educational or research goals. The endowed fund will be held in perpetuity bearing Sol Snyder’s name. To read more, see the case for scholarship support.

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