Thursday, May 24, 2018

Georgetown-MedStar Joint Academic Councils

Supporting our vision to advance health, we launched our joint Georgetown-MedStar Academic Councils today.  These new academic councils, which include a scientific council and an education council, are borne out of the 50-year agreement that reaffirms our organizations' robust commitment to partnership in providing world-class health care and excellence in academics and research. 

The Georgetown-MedStar Education Council and the Georgetown-MedStar Scientific Council will identify opportunities to optimize joint resources and programs, coordinate our efforts on development of researchers/educators, increase the recognition of academic accomplishments and contributions, identify areas of mutual academic priority and develop an annual work plan for these priorities. The result of this work will be reported to the Boards at both MedStar and Georgetown annually.

This is an exciting step forward in our partnership.  I am excited about the synergistic potential and the energy/enthusiasm I experienced in the room today. 

Sunday, May 13, 2018


I was at the corporate offices in Columbia recently, and I had the pleasure of visiting the brand new MINDLab space. The MedStar INnovation & Design (MIND) Lab highlights much of the great work happening around the system, including research!

The space was designed to engage the mind in innovation, thinking differently, and collaboration with the goal of advancing health. 
One of the highlights is the Wall of Wow, which is an interactive wall that allows visitors to learn more about MedStar Health from stories and photos from across the system. Next time you are at the corporate offices, check it out - the door is almost always open!

If you want to see more photos, check out the #medstarmindlab on Twitter! If you visit the corporate MedStar offices, be sure to stop by and add your photo to the feed.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Gratitude. Research. Hope.

Below is my monthly message for the May 2018 edition of the MHRI newsletter, Focus. You can view Focus online at

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Life is so busy we rarely take the time to reflect on the ‘big’ questions that are at the heart of living. Why are we working so hard? Does it really matter? Are we making a difference?

Gratitude. Research. Hope.

For the first time, and through the efforts of the MedStar Health Philanthropy team, a video presentation allowed us to follow the journey of two MedStar research participants. These two patients, Jessica and Kevin, shared their personal stories and reminded us about the importance of research at MedStar Health. It was grounding, humbling, and emotional. Through this impactful video, we see first-hand that gratitude is real and research brings hope.

If you were not one of the 800+ attendees at the Seventh Annual MedStar Health Research Symposium, please watch this video NOW  – it will only take you a few minutes but will stay with you forever.
Watch the video on the MedStar Health Youtube channel.
Thank you to Jessica, Kevin and their families for sharing their story. There are thousands of people that take part in research at MedStar and we are changing lives every day, both for our patients today and tomorrow.

This is only possible with your support and hard work. Our research brings hope and instills gratitude. Thank you.


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Twitter Highlights from the MedStar Research Symposium

With the launch of the @MedStarResearch Twitter just prior to the MedStar Health Research Symposium this year, it was great to see the conversation happening on the #MedStarResearch18 tag through our account this year!

The tag truly highlights the breadth of the event and how successful this seventh annual event was!

If you missed the event, or just want to keep the momentum going, you can see the story by searching #MedStarResearch18 on Twitter.

Thank you to all who were able to attended and who are our ambasssdors to research across the system.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The 2018 MedStar Health Research Symposium in Photos

With 800 attendees, the 2018 MedStar Health Research Symposium brought out the best and brightest researchers, associates, innovators, and educators last night. With more than 300 poster presentations, I would be hard-pressed to use words when photos can tell the story.

Thank you to all who attended and to those who contributed. Thank you to all MedStar Health patients who trust us with their care.

(Click on the photos to view them larger.)