Dean’s Desk Message from the Dean atch Day, a day full of suspense but also full of promise, is a medical student’s last major milestone before Convocation. And what a successful Match Day it was for the Class of 2015. Our graduates are entering varied and challenging residency programs, where we know they will excel as they have here, in their years with us. We are extremely proud of their success and eager to celebrate with them at Convocation. We wish them well and hope they will stay in touch in the years ahead. On August 1, we will welcome Dr. Sherine Gabriel as our new dean. Her knowledge, leadership and career at Mayo Medical School at the Mayo Clinic bring much deserved credit to our medical school. We look forward to working with Dr. Gabriel and wish her all the best in her leadership of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. From the May/June 2015 Dr. Sherine Gabriel Named as Dean M dean. Dr. Gabriel has served since 2012 as dean of the Mayo Medical School at the Mayo Clinic. In addition, she has been professor of medicine and professor of epidemiology at Mayo Medical School since 2000 and the William J. and Charles H. Mayo endowed professor since 2005. She has been associated with the Mayo Clinic in a variety of roles for nearly 30 years and is an established NIH-funded investigator in the epidemiology of the rheumatic diseases. Dr. Gabriel earned her medical degree at the University of Saskatchewan and began her association with the Mayo Clinic in 1983, first with a residency in internal medicine, and later with a fellowship in rheumatology at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. She next held a rheumatology research fellowship at Wellesley Hospital in Toronto while earning a master’s degree in clinical epidemiology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. In addition, she attended graduate executive education courses at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Sherine E. Gabriel, MD I n August, Sherine E. Gabriel, MD, will join Robert Wood Johnson Medical School as its new in 1990. She was subsequently chair of the Mayo Clinic’s Department of Health Sciences Research, medical director of its international office, and medical director of its Office for Strategic Alliances and Business Development, and served as a member of the Mayo Clinic Executive Board. In her first year as dean of Mayo Medical School, Dr. Gabriel launched a program to design, implement, and disseminate a new education model to prepare future physicians to achieve better care, healthier patients/communities, and more affordable health care. This initiative was recognized by the American Medical Association through a competitive award. Her largely NIH-funded research has resulted in more than 250 peer-reviewed original scientific publications addressing the costs, determinants, and outcomes of the rheumatic diseases. Dr. Gabriel is recognized in particular for her epidemiologic studies examining the risks of connective tissue diseases among women with breast implants, population-based studies characterizing the epidemiology of nearly all major rheumatic diseases, and her studies defining the economic impact of rheumatoid arthritis. Most recently, her research has focused on elucidating the risks and determinants of heart disease among persons with rheumatoid arthritis. She is past president of the American College of Rheumatology. Vicente H. Gracias, MD Dean (Interim) Dr. Gabriel became a senior associate consultant in the Mayo Clinic’s Department of Internal Medicine Brain Injury Alliance Honors Dr. Gracias he Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey honored Vicente H. Gracias, MD, dean (interim) at its 9th Annual Gala, held on March 31, in Livingston. Dr. Gracias was selected for this distinction because of his diligent work to T improve the life of the residents of New Jersey. Serving as honorary mistress of ceremonies and honorary gala chair was Rebecca (Becky) Quick, co-anchor of CNBC’s morning program, “The Squawk Box.” 1