Greetings from the College of Medicine Alumni Office!
I am happy to share exciting news: After 31 years at Ohio State, I
will retire on June 30. I’ve had a great career — especially the past
15 years within the College of Medicine Alumni Affairs office! I’ve
been blessed with a job that never really felt like a job. Every
day, I have the opportunity to meet people who have a passion
for medicine and for Ohio State. When these two passions
come together, great things happen — for you, the College of
Medicine, and our future physicians.
I want to offer a special thanks to our current and former alumni board and award
committee members, alumni hosts, event sponsors, reunion class chairs, supportive
college leadership, and the rest of our wonderful alumni and families who give their time,
talent and treasure. I am forever grateful. I know you will continue to pay forward in the
years to come, supporting our College of Medicine and the students who train here as
they prepare to make a difference in the future of health care.
It’s truly been an honor to work at such a great institution – The Ohio State University.
I leave here with great memories and great friends, but I also look forward to life after
OSU. Please keep in touch ( firstname.lastname@example.org) — I would love that!
Take care, and forever — GO BUCKS!
Martha Hicks, Director of Alumni Affairs,
to Retire after 31-Year Ohio State Career
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by July 15
This special edition, focusing
on global and community
health, will mark a transition for
this publication from the Alumni
Update newsletter to the
Ohio State Medicine Alumni
magazine. Starting in late fall,
you will see a fresh format. As
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brief survey with your opinions
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In this edition of Ohio State Medicine Alumni, we highlight some of the great work being
accomplished around the world by members of the “Buckeye Family.” You’ll read about
the generosity of Anne and Rob Klamar, 1990 graduates of the College of Medicine
(cover photo); learn about continuing and new initiatives in the OSU Office of Global
Health, as longtime executive director Daniel Sedmak, MD, transitioned to emeritus
status and Diane Gorgas, MD, took the reins; and meet several of our innovative and
compassionate medical students who are learning – and caring – about providing
health care for the underserved, at home and in developing countries.
Global and community health programs are critical to improving the well-being of those
with difficult access to health care and poor living conditions. It is our responsibility to
care for the less fortunate and use our skills to improve their situation. My wife, Mary
Pat Borgess, MD, and both our sons, Jon and Eric, have had the privilege to participate
in overseas projects to help others, so we know how important it is to be able to
make a difference. Further, we must not forget that healthcare disparities are not only
international – they also occur in our own backyards.
We commend our alumni, students, residents and faculty who volunteer their time and
expertise to make a difference.
E. Christopher Ellison, MD
The Ohio State University College of Medicine