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A Living Legacy
Alumnus endows new medical scholarship.
Majid Mohiuddin ’97 MD’01 spent a lot of time thinking about the kind of impact he wished to make with his gift to Brown, and he decided that he wanted to do more than leave a legacy—he wanted to watch one grow. This winter, he endowed the Dr. Mohammed Mohiuddin P’97 MD’01 Medical Scholarship.

The younger Mohiuddin grew up in Cherry Hill, NJ, and in high school, won a Brown University Book Award, sponsored by Brown alum Richard Schomp ’70. The prize—a dictionary with the Brown seal on the cover— is awarded to “those who use words effectively to be leaders in their generation.” This award made Mohiuddin think seriously about attending Brown, and as it sits on his bookcase, it makes him realize how even a small gift from an unrelated alumnus could have a lasting impression on a promising student.

Mohiuddin did his undergraduate work at Brown in biology and, with the flexibility of the Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME), was able to participate in the Rose Writing Fellows Program. The PLME also enabled him to pursue a new passion for Islamic art and architecture.

Currently, Mohiuddin lives in Houston, TX, where he practices radiation oncology. He spent three years as an assistant professor in Baltimore, MD, after doing his residency at Harvard. Since leaving Brown, he has given lectures about Islamic art and has published on topics ranging from medicine and religion to creative writing. He is grateful that his interests in the arts were not only encouraged at Brown, but expanded into lifelong pursuits.

It is easy to see the influence Mohiuddin’s family had on his career path and interests. His mother, Mubeen, taught English literature and his father, Mohammed, is a physician-scientist in the field of oncology. Mohiuddin chose to honor his father by naming this new scholarship after him. “Aside from being a physician,” Mohiuddin says, “my father is an educator who is passionate about making intellectual contributions that benefit humanity. He told me that the real contribution one makes in academic medicine is teaching the next generation. So, the timing is apropos: I am a father now, and I have a new appreciation for the role a father plays as a mentor.”

This scholarship will have a lasting effect on Alpert medical students, and Mohiuddin is looking forward to hearing all about it. “Right now, I am feeling excited about the school, how it has grown, and the momentum it has gained over the years. Though I am just starting out, I wanted to make a substantial gift now, while I am still young. I want to see the impact of this gift in my parents’ lifetime. I want to hear stories from scholarship recipients 20 years from now about what paths their careers and lives have taken, and I hope their stories change my life, too. And I hope that one day, if they are able, they will consider a gift to the next generation.”

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