This fall, as we mourn the loss of our colleague, friend, and Chair, Barbara T. Murphy, MD, we are reminded of this experience again. Although our hearts are heavy, be rest assured that the Department remains steadfast, and, as our Dean, Dennis S. Charney, MD, never fails to remind us, we are incredibly resilient. In fact, we are pursuing and receiving more new research grants, welcoming a more diverse and accomplished group of trainees, and promoting more of our faculty. Most importantly, our patients have returned needing us more now than ever before.
Although our academic excellence, research breakthroughs, and patient success stories inspire and motivate us daily, if we do not take care of ourselves and each other our missions are not sustainable. Here in this Department, we do not think of "wellness" as just a buzzword. We practice what we preach and have made resources available to ensure that everyone gets the care they need.
I am deeply committed to making sure that the Department continues to thrive, evolve, and achieve. As we integrate digital and data science and genomics into all our divisions, we continue to change the paradigm in how we treat diseases and discover cures once thought unimaginable. I hope you will be inspired by reading about this talented and innovative medical and academic community.
David C. Thomas, MD, MHPE
Professor and Interim System Chair, Department of Medicine