In the spirit of this season, I want our community to know just how grateful I am for your commitment. The power to change medicine belongs to our staff, faculty, clinicians, researchers, trainees and students who advance our critical missions every day. We are also thankful for our donors and our community partners whose generous support challenges us continually to strive for more. Together, my hope is that we leverage what we have built this year to accelerate our progress into the next year, and beyond.
It is the opportunity of a lifetime for me to serve this distinguished institution, which has been enriched by some of the most brilliant minds in science and has set the standard for excellence in medicine. Embracing the legacy and traditions forged here and learning from all of you as we advance our core missions to care, discover, and teach remain my top priorities during this transition.
I am honored and excited to write to you today as the new dean of Weill Cornell Medicine and provost for medical affairs of Cornell University. I feel fortunate to serve alongside some of the brightest minds and most dedicated professionals on the forefront of patient care, scientific discovery and education, and with such a talented administrative staff.
Weill Cornell Medicine’s graduating Class of 2023, including our 16th graduating class in Qatar, joins a distinguished and growing body of alumni who are advancing medical education, biomedical research, and population health around the world. At the same time, we welcome all our accepted students, who will become our future alumni in years to come.
Thank you for being a valuable part of our community and for your support as I transition into this role. As I serve, I am looking to cultivate and deepen relationships, empower leadership, and build upon the cultural fabric of our institution, where everyone feels a sense of purpose in our work and a sense of belonging in our interactions.
It has been an incredible privilege to see our students, faculty, and staff confront new challenges, collaborate with colleagues, and surpass even their own expectations. Weill Cornell Medicine is truly a remarkable place, and I thank each and every one of you for your ongoing efforts to make it even better for the future.
This is an extraordinary time within academic medicine. There are so many opportunities to strengthen our healthcare systems, address inequities in care, and promote the health of patients and populations.