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4 Robert WoodJohnson
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MEDICINE
Dr. Gabriel was attracted by the opportuni-
ty to lead Robert Wood Johnson Medical
School. From her earliest contacts in the inter-
view process and increasingly since taking on
her responsibilities as dean, she has appreciat-
ed the warmth and support of the people she
has met. Just as important, she notes, they are
open to change. "You don't see that every-
where," she says. "But here, it was not so
much a matter of when we would evolve but
how, and who would lead the transforma-
tion." Dr. Gabriel is more than ready for that
challenge--not by implementing top-down
change, but by leading a grass-roots move-
ment.
The move to New Jersey had another sig-
nificant attraction for Dr. Gabriel: it was
unexplored territory. Born in Cairo, Egypt,
she moved with her family to Canada when
she was 10 years old. She later earned her
doctor of medicine degree with distinction
at the University of Saskatchewan, before
completing her residency in medicine and a
fellowship in rheumatology at Mayo School
of Graduate Medical Education. She says,
smiling, "To someone from Saskatchewan,
Minnesota was south."
During her residency, Dr. Gabriel devel-
oped an interest in applying an epidemiologi-
cal approach to the study of rheumatology,
her chosen specialty. To gain additional skills,
she earned a master of science degree in clin-
ical epidemiology at McMaster University, in
Hamilton, Ontario. She brought that knowl-
edge to Mayo, where she put it to work not
only to frame her research, but also to devel-
op new education programs in epidemiology
and clinical research.
B Y K A T E O ' N E I L L
P O R T R A I T S B Y J O H N E M E R S O N
Sherine E. Gabriel, MD, MSc
,Dean:
A Dual Passion for
Epidemiology
and
Medical Education
S
herine E. Gabriel, MD, MSc, is a trailblazer. She took office on July
28 as the first woman to serve as dean of Robert Wood Johnson
Medical School. And she has set this precedent twice: she also
served as the first woman dean of Mayo Medical School at the Mayo Clinic.