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Dr. Sanjay Rajagopalan Receives The Melvin Sharoky, MD Professorship In Medicine

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, Sanjay Rajagopalan, MBBS, FACC, FAHA, and Stephen N. Davis M.B.B.S.
 Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA; Sanjay Rajagopalan, MBBS, FACC, FAHA; and Stephen N. Davis MBBS.

An investiture ceremony was held on April 8, 2014 to award Sanjay Rajagopalan, MBBS, FACC, FAHA, the Melvin Sharoky, MD Professorship in Medicine. This professorship was established through a generous gift from Dr. Melvin Sharoky through his family's charitable foundation.

“Endowed professorships such as the Melvin Sharoky, MD Professorship in Medicine provide our outstanding faculty members with critical resources to sustain and continue the promise of research, to launch clinical initiatives, and to educate and train future physicians,” said Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Maryland, and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and Dean, University of Maryland School of Medicine. “The honor associated with an appointment as an endowed physician has remained unchanged; for over 500 years it has been recognized as one of the highest honors that any institution can bestow upon its distinguished faculty. Endowed professorships are coveted and universally recognized as accolades that are bestowed upon the best and the very brightest among faculty in academic medicine.”

“I am really touched by the tributes made by those whom I hold in high esteem,” said Dr. Rajagopalan. “My formal sentiments are really ones of actual nobility, because there are a lot of other more deserving individuals then I,” he insisted. “I would like to acknowledge the members of my laboratory, many of whom are here. A tremendous thanks, too, to my fellow faculty who are here today. They are the most talented and wonderful individuals I have had the opportunity to work with. A special thanks for all the tireless efforts of the faculty in my division in taking care of patients and doing all manner of things that they do. Also, special thanks to my nearest friends and dear family.”

Speakers at the ceremony included colleagues of Dr. Rajagopalan both here at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and from universities where he was formally a faculty member, including Stephen N. Davis M.B.B.S., the Theodore E. Woodward Chair in the University of Maryland Department of Medicine; John M. Cantry Jr., MD, the Albert and Elizabeth Rekate Professor and Chief, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Buffalo; Robert D. Brook, MD, Associate Professor, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, and Director, American Society of Hypertension-Designated Comprehensive Hypertension Center, University of Michigan; and Dinesh Thavendiranathan, MD, MSc, FRCPC, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cardiologist and Clinical Investigator, Peter Munk Cardiac Care at Toronto General Hospital, University of Toronto.

Melvin Sharoky ProfessorshipThe Melvin Sharoky, MD Professorship in Medicine was established by Dr. Melvin Sharoky, a 1976 graduate of the School of Medicine, in appreciation for the opportunities and education that the University of Maryland School of Medicine provided him. “I was able to give this gift because I am a strong believer in giving back,” said Dr. Sharoky. “The primary thing I did was chase my dream, but I would never have gotten there without a degree from the School of Medicine. It did things for me – it gave me an amazing education, and it built my self-confidence.”

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