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A Thanksgiving Message from Dean Goldschmidt

As we celebrate Thanksgiving Day and the beginning of the holiday season, please take a moment to think about what “giving thanks” really means.

For many, it means the opportunity to celebrate with family and friends. It means being thankful for our abundance of blessings: the love of family, the warmth of friendship and the gift of good health.

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A Veterans Day Message from Dean Goldschmidt

Today, November 11, we celebrate Veterans Day.

The observance dates from 1919, when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 to be Armistice Day, in recognition of the official ending of hostilities in World War I on that date the year before. It was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

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Leadership Message from Dean Goldschmidt

I am pleased to announce that Roy Weiss, Chair of the Miller School Department of Medicine, has agreed to head the search committee seeking a replacement for Alan Livingstone, who is stepping down as Chair of the Department of Surgery.

Roy will lead an exceptional group of medical professionals being assembled to conduct a national search for candidates who possess the visionary leadership qualities necessary to build on the incredibly strong foundation Alan has created.

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Leadership Message from Dean Goldschmidt

It is with admiration and deepest gratitude that I announce that Alan Livingstone is stepping down after 18 years as Chair of the Miller School of Medicine Department of Surgery. Alan has lifted the department to extraordinary heights in education, research, clinical care and leadership of the Miller School.

Alan, who will remain on the faculty and continue to perform complex, life-saving surgeries for our patients, grew the department from 50 clinical faculty and a couple of researchers to 90 clinical faculty and 30 Ph.D. researchers. He brought the department’s NIH ranking into the top quartile of surgical departments, increasing the total research budget from $1.8 million in 1997 to $8.7 million in 2014, with $3.3 million of additional investment from the department.

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Message from the Dean: FLU SHOTS

October 1 marks the beginning of the 2014-15 flu season, and I am writing today to strongly urge you to get a flu shot.

Last week I announced the Miller School of Medicine’s policy requiring anyone who has in-person contact with patients to be vaccinated against influenza. Our patients — especially those who are the most vulnerable to viruses like influenza — are our first concern, and we must do all we can to avoid putting them at risk.

But it makes good sense for the rest of us, too. By getting a flu shot, you protect your co-workers, your family and friends as well as yourself.

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