Dear SMHS Community,

Next week, many of us will travel to homes near and far to celebrate Thanksgiving. In the spirit of the holiday, I want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to each and every one of you for your commitment to improving lives through education, research, health care and advocacy.

For many of us, it has been a difficult few weeks. In one way or another, we have all been touched by the recent series of violent attacks across the United States. At times like these, it can be easy to forget the universal values that bring us together. I am thankful to be part of a community whose very mission is "dedicated to improving the health of our local, national, and global communities."

We all own a piece of that mission here at SMHS.
  • Our brilliant researchers and scientists are advancing medicine with new discoveries.
  • Our faculty are building a healthier future by educating the next generation of scientific, medical, health sciences leaders.
  • Our clinical faculty are working tirelessly to advance the highest-quality, patient-centered care.
  • Our staff and administrators are building a culture of excellence throughout the school through collaborative engagement, accountable leadership, and commitment to innovation.
  • Our students, housestaff, fellows and alumni inspire me every day through commitment to expanding their knowledge base and enhancing their skills.
  • And finally, our alumni are taking their knowledge gained at GW SMHS and making a difference in the lives of their patients and communities and leading in their professions.
I feel truly proud to be dean of this great school and thankful for the staff, faculty, researchers, students and trainees who make it such a wonderful place to work and learn.

My warmest wishes for a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday.


Jeffrey S. Akman, MD '81, RESD '85
Vice President for Health Affairs 
Walter A. Bloedorn Professor of Administrative Medicine
Dean, School of Medicine and Health Sciences