Friends and Colleagues
Jon D. Hammes (Standing, center), Chairman, Board of Trustees; John R. Raymond, Sr., MD (Seated, left), President and CEO; Joseph E. Kerschner, MD (Seated, right), Dean of the Medical School and Executive Vice President; G. Allen Bolton, Jr., MPH, MBA (Standing, right), Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer; Ravi P. Misra, PhD (Standing, left), Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Many forces are converging at this time and rapidly changing the health care environment and the practice of medicine. As one of America’s 141 medical schools and health sciences universities, the Medical College of Wisconsin is entrusted with the responsibility of navigating the challenges and providing the foundation for tomorrow’s health care.
We are committed to being a leader in thoughtful, fiscally responsible innovation as we carry out our missions of educating and training the physicians and medical scientists of tomorrow, pursuing research discoveries that translate into improved health, providing leading-edge care for patients, and meeting the health needs of communities.
In 2012, we launched significant initiatives in medical education, including a transformed curriculum designed to prepare outstanding physicians for the health challenges of the 21st century. Faced with the projected long-term shortage of physicians and other health care providers in Wisconsin, particularly in underserved rural and urban areas, we are moving forward in the development of community medical education programs in our state. By leveraging our strengths as an academic health sciences center and collaborating with partners statewide, we can best serve Wisconsin’s need for more health providers.
Our faculty continue to compete successfully for federal research funding, reflecting the College’s national leadership in fields such as genetics and stem cell biology that have exciting potential for translating new knowledge into better prevention, diagnosis and treatments. The Medical College has established itself at the forefront of gene sequencing and its successful use in patient care. It heralds a future in which medical care is tailored to an individual’s unique genetic composition, promising more effective prevention and treatments. Our patients are already benefitting from new therapies made possible by advances in genetics.
To our thousands of donors, we extend our deepest gratitude for supporting our work. In particular, we recognize our largest donor, the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc.), which has contributed nearly $34 million to the Medical College since 1976 for pediatric cancer and related blood disorders research. This year, we are especially grateful for the record number of new endowments established, which provide permanent, stable support across all our missions.
Ultimately, all our work serves one purpose: to create a future of better health for people in Wisconsin and beyond. We are deeply grateful for your enduring partnership and belief in our missions.