FROM THE COLLECTIONS
Brown alum supports the new Medical School and the dean's leadership.
By Amy R. Umstadter
Photography by Frank Mullin
With his recent gift for the new Alpert Medical School building, Jerome Zeldis, MD, PhD ’72 SCM’72, P’04 is advancing an exciting new project under the thoughtful leadership of Dean Edward J. Wing, MD.
Zeldis was a molecular biology concentrator at Brown, and in 1971, he participated in a Presidential Commission tasked with evaluating the six-year medical masters program at Brown and converting it into an MD granting program. For Zeldis, these discussions brought into focus the complex financial and social relationships between medical schools and hospital systems—challenges that he was passionate about solving. He’s been a leader in academic medicine over the course of his career, and has had a lifelong interest in the training of medical students. This sentiment lies at the core of his appreciation for Wing’s vision.
Given that medical schools serve such a wide range of constituencies—students, faculty, patients, clinical and non-clinical researchers—Zeldis feels that a good leader should recognize all of them, but decide on a primary focus to orient the institution. In fact, that has become his favorite question when speaking with medical school deans. “When I posed it to Dr. Wing,” Zeldis says, “he quickly and confidently responded that his primary goal was to train people to think creatively about medicine and advance the field. That impressed me.”
Zeldis earned an MPhil, MD, and a PhD in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University. Currently, he is chief medical officer of Celgene Corporation and CEO of Celgene Global Health. Although Celgene is a biopharmaceutical company developing therapies to treat cancer and immune-inflammatory related diseases in Europe and the U.S., Celgene Global Health is working on therapeutics for diseases of the developing world. Zeldis is a professor of clinical medicine at the Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine in New Jersey. He has served on the Dean’s Advisory Council on Biology and Medicine since 2008.
Zeldis has heard Wing speak with great enthusiasm about 222 Richmond Street— the site of the new medical school—and how renovating the space will have a positive and lasting effect on medical education. “He has a clear vision,” Zeldis says. “The design of the building is well thought-out, and the direction in which he wants to take the Medical School is very good.” Zeldis is also pleased with where the School will be, and how it will build and reinforce important community relationships. “A location that is both near campus and the hospitals will serve the Medical School well. This project is well worth supporting.”
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