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NEW BUILDINGS ARE DRAMATIC, BUT THE MAGIC IS IN THE PEOPLE We talk a lot about our new Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education, and for good reason. It’s a spectacular building. Our new addition to Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in downtown Winston-Salem stands alongside Wake Forest Biotech Place, where many of our basic science researchers work. Connected to the Bowman Gray Center is 525@vine, which houses our Nurse Anesthesia (CRNA) and Physician Assistant (PA) programs and Division of Public Health Sciences (PHS). While the buildings are wonderful, the real magic is in the people, and specifically in the combinations…
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The Ballad of Jesse Meredith

TOUGH LESSONS OF AN APPALACHIAN UPBRINGING ‘COME IN HANDY WHEN YOU’RE IN THAT OPERATING ROOM TRYING TO PUT SOMEONE TOGETHER’ As one of the crown jewels in the medical school’s history, Jesse Meredith, MD, FHO ’58, might be the textbook model of a diamond in the rough. Rough in the sense of authentic—undimmed by years…
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Hard Times and Helping Hands

MORE TALES AND ANECDOTES FROM DR. JESSE MEREDITH A selection of anecdotes from Jesse Meredith, MD, FHO ’58, primarily from the Oral History Project of the Dorothy Carpenter Medical Archives, 2005, interviewer Mike Sprinkle, director emeritus. Also included are two news reports about Meredith’s famous hand-reattachment surgery and a day-long trauma team surgery that saved…
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War, Polio and Family’s Selflessness Lead to Medical School

‘MY JOURNEY TO MEDICINE ACTUALLY STARTED BEFORE I WAS EVEN BORN.’ Lemaat Michael began her life half a world away, in the African country of Eritrea, two years before the official end of a 30-year war between it and neighboring Ethiopia. As a child, Lemaat Michael coped with effects of polio Her path to medical…
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Heading Home

NATHAN ROBERTS OF THE MD CLASS OF ’17 AIMS TO RETURN TO HIS RURAL ROOTS AFTER FIGHTING GENETIC DISORDER At first glance, Nathan Roberts presents a collection of contradictions. He’s a hardworking medical student with a dream of being a small-town doctor, and he’s a patient with an unusual disorder. He’s a young man who…
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Research Update

YOUTH FOOTBALL PLAYERS EXPERIENCE BRAIN CHANGES WITHOUT CONCUSSION Researchers have found measurable brain changes in children after a single season of playing youth football, even without a concussion diagnosis, according to a study published online in the journal Radiology. According to USA Football, there are approximately 3 million young athletes participating in organized tackle football…

Pioneering Surgeon, Researcher and Educator Named CEO

Julie Ann Freischlag, MD, former vice chancellor for human health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine at the University of California Davis (UC Davis), will be the new chief executive officer (CEO) of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Freischlag (pronounced FRY-shlog) will begin her duties on May 1, succeeding CEO John D. McConnell, MD, who last year announced that he would transition to a new position at the Medical Center, after leading it since 2008. As CEO, Freischlag will oversee the full scope of Wake Forest Baptist’s academic health system, which includes Wake Forest School of Medicine, Wake…
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News Update

GIFT PROVIDES PEDIATRIC MANIKINS FOR TRAINING When the Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education opened in summer 2016, the new home for the School of Medicine program featured the latest innovations in technology and design. A guest on one of the building tours noticed something that was missing: pediatric manikins. A gift from that guest…
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Founded on a Planned Gift

Wake Forest School of Medicine’s path to international stature and reputation was forged with an estate gift from Bowman Gray and the planned gifts of members of the extended Gray family. Without those contributions, the medical school we know today might not exist. Sustained by Planned Giving From its founding as a four-year medical school…