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Aaron P. Rapoport, M.D., Is the Inaugural Gary Jobson Professor in Medical Oncology

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Aaron P. Rapoport, M.D.
 Aaron P. Rapoport, M.D.

A ceremony was held on September 12, 2012 to invest Aaron P. Rapoport, M.D., as the inaugural Gary Jobson Professor in Medical Oncology. The honor was bestowed in recognition of excellence in clinical research and scholarly pursuits in the area of medical oncology. A professor of Medicine at the School of Medicine, Dr. Rapoport came to the University of Maryland in 1997, and is director, Gene Medicine/Lymphoma and associate director of the Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant Program at the Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center.

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 Investitures and 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 framed replica medals in appreciation for their generosity.

The professorship was gifted by Gary Jobson, whose cancer has remained in (complete-delete) remission since receiving an autologous stem cell transplant in 2003. From its inception, the Greenebaum Cancer Center has been at the forefront of developing and testing new therapies for hematologic malignancies and is considered one of the East Coast’s largest and most advanced programs for the treatment of leukemias, myeloma and lymphomas, including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.  Jobson developed a very close, personal relationship with Dr. Rapoport, whose extraordinary care and compassion helped Jobson through his illness. “Through it all, because of Aaron, I never gave up,” said Jobson during the investiture ceremony.

“This extraordinary contribution will significantly influence the school, but most importantly, this gift will profoundly impact the lives of the patients treated here at the University of Maryland Medical Center and throughout the region,” 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.  "Endowed professorships, including the Gary Jobson Professorship in Medical Oncology, provide our outstanding faculty members with critical resources needed to sustain and expand promising research, launch innovative clinical initiatives, and educate and train future physicians."

Among the many patients, family members and colleagues who honored Dr. Rapoport was Kevin J. Cullen, M.D., the cancer center’s director and professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.” None of what we do would be possible without Dr. Rapoport’s talent, dedication and devotion,” said Dr. Cullen.  Judith Karp, M.D., who worked with Dr. Rapoport on the development of new chemotherapy regimens for patients who undergo autologous stem cell transplants for blood cancers, also spoke. “Aaron is the consummate physician,” said Dr. Karp. “He is a real mensch, who gives part of his soul to every one of his patients.” Jacob Rowe, M.D., a mentor during Dr. Rapoport’s residency at the University of Rochester, called Dr. Rapoport a remarkable human being, who is exceptionally dedicated and always willing to share success and achievement with others.  Also in attendance were School of Medicine Board of Visitors members Stewart Greenebaum, Peter G. Angelos and Carolyn McGuire Frenkil.

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 (L-R) Dr. Kevin Cullen, Dr. Aaron Rapoport, Dr. Stephen Davis, Dean Reece

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 (L-R) Dr. Aaron Rapoport, Dean Reece, Gary Jobson

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 Grateful patient Jack Stafford and wife Deborah

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