“As a physician, as an educator, as a scientist…all the right attributes, dispositions. We feel incredibly lucky,” said University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Provost, Sr. Executive Vice President and Graduate School Dean Roger J. Ward, JD, EdD, MPA, MSL to a packed audience in Westminster Hall. All were gathered to salute and officially enthrone Mark Gladwin, MDas Dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Professor Emeritus and Vice President of Medical Affairs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.
Director of the service and the institute of genome sciences Claire Fraser, Ph.D.co-chaired the national search to find a replacement for the former dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, who remains a professor at UMSOM. The search was long, Ward told the audience, but we found the “best person to take us to the next level,” he said.
Before taking the reins of UMSOM in July, Gladwin served as the Jack D. Myers Professor and Chairman Emeritus, and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he also served as Associate Dean of doctor-researcher. Mentorship and Associate Vice-Chancellor for Scientific Strategy, Health Sciences.
Gladwin received his MD from the University of Miami and completed his residency in the Department of Internal Medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University and was a critical care researcher at the Warren G. Magnuson Clinical Center from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at Bethesda.
At the NIH, he served as Critical Care Researcher, Principal Investigator, Section Chief for the Vascular Therapeutics and Sickle Cell Therapeutics/Nitric Oxide Sections, Branch Chief for the Pulmonary and Vascular Medicine Branches, and Director of the Functional Genomics Nucleus of the NIH. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
In 2008, Dr. Gladwin joined the University of Pittsburgh as a Full Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine and Director of the Pittsburgh Heart, Lung, and Blood Vascular Medicine Institute – post as he held until 2019.
He also served as co-director of the Heart and Vascular Institute at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and chair of the school’s Department of Medicine, associate vice chancellor, and associate dean.
At the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Gladwin worked to establish clinical programs to increase patient access to quality care, and developed signature clinical programs in the areas of clinical analytics. , telemedicine, specialist consultation services, infection prevention and treatment, multidisciplinary clinical centers of excellence, and Suite. And as head of the Department of Medicine, he also supported the development of a very long list of research centers of excellence, including aging, microbiome, antibody therapeutics, hypertension, behavioral health , palliative care and sickle cell research – which has been a Gladwin research center for over 20 years.
After Ward on the podium, two UMSOM faculty members worked with Gladwin at the University of Pittsburgh and the NIH.
“It has been a real honor to see Dr. Gladwin’s scientific achievements over the course of his career,” said Nirav Shah, MD, co-director of the DC-Baltimore Critical Care Educational Consortium, associate dean for curriculum and associate chief for education and faculty development at UMSOM. “It wasn’t hard to know at that time when Mark was going to do great things based on his energy, intelligence, communication skills and passion.”
Another colleague, Andrea Levine, MD, now an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine, was mentored by Gladwin during a critical care fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. Levine described Gladwin as an accomplished mentor, a “dreamer, whose words inspired and comforted her”. Gladwin, she said, supported her clinical passion and “never once asked me to do anything but be the most authentic, dedicated version of myself.”
Before receiving the medal from UMB President Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS, signifying his position, Gladwin congratulated his colleagues and expressed his enthusiasm and optimism for the work ahead.
“What I’ve noticed during my time here is just the incredible pride of our alumni,” Gladwin told the audience. “And the incredible, very unusual partnership between the management of the hospital system and the University.” “So it’s just an amazing family,” he added. “And it’s very evident, the drive that you all have in this institution is truly infectious. And now I thank you all for your mentorship and guidance as we move forward. And I look forward to that impact, at the serving our patients in advancing innovative science, creating the highest quality care, and nurturing future generations at multiple levels of education.”
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