Alumni celebrate reunion weekend at UMass Medical School

UMass Medical School Communications

May 10, 2017
  • Graduate School of Nursing Dean Joan Vitello with GSN faculty and alumni at the reunion.
  • Members of the School of Medicine Class of 1982 pose for a photo.
  • Alumni of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences attend the reunion.
  • Sridevi Kolluri, PhD, GSBS ’04, enjoys the reunion with her family.
  • (At center) Christine K. Cassel, MD, SOM ’76, and Dean Terence Flotte,  with students (from left) Katherine Mallet, Camilla Yu and Philip Feinberg.

More than 300 UMass Medical School alumni and friends recently celebrated their class reunions in Worcester.

On May 5, Distinguished Alumni Award winner and planning dean for Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine Christine Cassel, MD, SOM ’76, presented Grand Rounds. Several participants attended a continuing medical education course on skills-based opioid safe-prescribing in primary care.

On May 6 at the Alumni Association meeting, participants heard about accomplishments over the past year and elected a new board of officers and directors for a two-year term. After a family barbecue and a student-led campus tour, alumni enjoyed Dr. Cassel’s lecture, “The Physician, the Philosopher and the Citizen: UMass Medical School Opened the Door.”

“How UMass Medical School’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is Transforming Medicine,” was presented byKatherine Fitzgerald, PhD, the Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research Chair, professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology and director of the Program in Innate Immunity; Oliver J. Rando, MD, PhD, professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology; and Marian Walhout, PhD, The Maroun Semaan Chair in Biomedical Research, professor of molecular medicine and co-director of the Program in Systems Biology .

Terence R. Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor of Medical Education, executive deputy chancellor, provost and dean of the School of Medicine, presented the Distinguished Alumni Award to Dr. Cassel. Irvin Heifetz, MD, SOM ’79, was honored for his years of service to the Alumni Association.

At the conclusion of the event, classmates from all three schools attended a cocktail reception, followed by dinner and dancing.

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