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Jian-Ying Wang, MD, PhD Is the Inaugural Joseph and Corinne Schwartz Endowed Professor in Surgery

Thursday, June 14, 2012

 Richard Schwartz and Dr. Wang

A ceremony was held on June 13, 2012 to invest Jian-Ying Wang, MD, PhD as the inaugural Joseph and Corinne Schwartz Endowed Professor in Surgery. Dr. Wang has been at the School of Medicine since 1984 and also is associate chair for basic research in the Department of Surgery and a senior research career scientist at the U.S. Department for Veteran Affairs. Family and friends of Dr. Wang came from as far away as China to share in this honor with him.

This investiture ceremony continued the School of Medicine’s tradition of honoring faculty members who receive endowed professorships with a special medal to uniquely recognize their accomplishment. This medal is worn to formal school ceremonies, such as Convocation. The front of the medal features the image of a founder and first dean, Dr. John Beale Davidge and the historic Davidge Hall. The back of the medal lists the four tenets of the School of Medicine's mission: education, research, patient care and service, as well as the official name of the endowed professorship. Donors who fund the professorships receive replica medals in thanks for their generosity.

“Endowed professorships are critical to achieving and increasing our standing among other medical schools,” said E. Albert Reece, M.D., M.B.A., vice president for medical affairs of the University of Maryland and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and dean. “They also provide our outstanding faculty members with the critical resources they need to sustain and grow promising research, to launch innovative clinical initiatives, and to educate and train future physicians and scientists.”

Helping to honor Dr. Wang was the man who helped train him, mentor Leonard Johnson, PhD, the Thomas A. Gerwin Professor of Physiology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. “He has done great work, work that is important to his science and to medicine in general,” he said. “He’s an extremely imaginative individual, tackling new ideas and new methods without being intimidated, and this shows in all the different things he has done.”

Dr. Wang is also an excellent teacher, according to colleague Marc Basson, MD, PhD, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University. “He is a wonderful mentor, as many of you sitting here know, as you have benefitted from his mentorship,” Dr. Basson said at the investiture ceremony. “I’ve watched him through the years create scientists who have gone on to be funded on their own, and that’s not always common. There are many good scientists who don’t breed other scientists, but Jian-Ying does. He’s a great inspiration.”

The professorship was gifted by Joseph and Corinne Schwartz, longtime benefactors to the University of Maryland. Richard Schwartz – attending on behalf of his mother and late father – reflected, “growing up, sadakah meant to me putting a quarter in a little tin can passed around in school. To [my parents], it meant donating millions to the University of Maryland Medical System and many others, to help others have an easier life,” said Mr. Schwartz. “I am so very proud to be here representing my parents. Theirs is a wonderful legacy, one that my family cherishes and hopes to continue.”

For more information on establishing an endowed professorship in the Department of Surgery, please contact Karen Hussey in the Office of Development at (410) 706-2846.

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 Dean Reece and Dr. Stephen Bartlett, the Peter Angelos Distinguished Professor of Surgery, presented Dr. Wang with a medal acknowedging his endowed professorship.

 Dr. Wang's beautiful family.

 Members of Dr. Wang's extended family came from as far away as China for the ceremony.

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