Better cancer treatment

Unlocking the workings of a key protein may yield new anticancer drugs

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Swinging for the fences

One alumnus faces the rare dilemma of deciding what to do with a World Series ring.

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Retired WNBA player graduates

Alison Bales, M.D., ’17, becomes a physician following a professional basketball career.

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From The Dean

Physicians are presented with many options in choosing a career path, and finding the right fit can be challenging. There are so many ways in which we can practice medicine and impact the lives of patients and the health of our communities.

Like those in other professions, we also must balance conflicting goals, such as where to live and work/life balance. But there is something to be said for passion. For me, our faculty and our staff, it lies in the work we do each day at the Boonshoft School of Medicine.

In this edition of Vital Signs, we catch up with many of our own who have followed their passions. For one alumnus, that means practicing radiology from home. Another is living a sports medicine dream as a team doctor for Major League Baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks.

With the same drive, a few of our faculty members have sought to find the right fit by reinventing their careers. Read along as we explore the journey of our longest-serving volunteer faculty member who has mentored medical students for more than 40 years. We also profile a department chair who worked in a seminary, at a bank, and as an EMT before finally finding his place in emergency medicine.

And though these stories are unique, I see the same passion in our students. It is such a joy to nurture their curiosities and watch them grow into caring and competent physicians. I hope you feel the same inspiration I do as you read about them.

Our mission at the Boonshoft School of Medicine wouldn’t be possible without the Wright State family, our alumni, and friends. Thank you all for your passionate support and continued encouragement as we work together to train the next generation of doctors.

Dean Dunn's Signature

Margaret Dunn, M.D., M.B.A., FACS


Dean Margaret Dunn