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Reunion includes celebration of Yale System and opportunity to share personal stories.

April 26, 2017

The Yale System: A Celebration

Founded and developed in the 1920’s by Dean Milton Winternitz, the Yale System of medical education is approaching its centennial. To celebrate this milestone, join distinguished fellow alumni from diverse career paths, as they pay tribute to an educational system that fostered individualism and their respective successes.

Lee Goldman, ’69, M.P.H. ’73, M.D. ’73, created the Goldman Criteria and the Goldman Index, widely used to guide cardiac care. He is Executive Vice President and Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine, and Chief Executive of Columbia University Medical Center.

Alexa Boer Kimball, M.D. ‘94, is President and CEO of Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She is Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School, and the author of over 250 peer-reviewed publications in subjects ranging from psoriasis to physician workforce economics.

Brian K. Kobilka, M.D. ’81, Ph.D., received the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, with Robert Lefkowitz, for work on G-protein-coupled receptors, used by approximately half of medications including cardiac, psychiatric and cancer drugs. Kobilka’s laboratory discovered the gene for the beta-adrenergic (adrenalin) receptor, and molecular structures for this protein family. The son of bakers in Little Falls, Minnesota, Kobilka is Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology at Stanford University.

Jerry Zeldis, M.D. ‘78, Ph.D. ’78, led the development of d-methylphenidate, propulsid, thalidomide, Zelnorm and Abraxane, among other medications. The holder of 44 patents, Zeldis is the former CEO and Chief Medical Officer of Celgene Global Health. Zeldis is currently the President of Clinical Research and Chief Medical Officer of Sorrento Therapeutics.

Dora Calott Wang, M.D. ‘90, M.A., will present a history of the Yale System. Wang is a psychiatrist and award-winning author of The Kitchen Shrink: A Psychiatrist’s Reflections on Healing in a Changing World (Riverhead/Penguin) and The Daily Practice of Compassion: A History of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Its Mission and Its People, 1964-2014. She is Historian of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

The Yale System: A Conversation

Join Nobel Laureate Brian Kobilka, Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at BIDMC CEO Alexa Boer Kimball, Columbia Dean and CEO Lee Goldman, and Sorrento Therapeutics Chief Medical Officer Jerry Zeldis, as they reflect upon the impact of the Yale System upon their lives and careers. Moderated by psychiatrist and medical historian, Dora Calott Wang.

The Yale System: I Was There

Record your personal narrative of how the Yale System influenced your career and life. This is a drop-in session, you are welcome to stop by anytime between 2:15 and 4:15 pm. Videos will be recorded by filmmaker Robert Winn, and Yale medical students.

Robert Winn, J.D. ’90, M.A. American Studies ’91, is a documentary filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. He was the producer and director of Grassroots Rising, and a winner of a Raphael Lemkin Award for Writing in Human Rights as co-author of Plowshares and Swords: Economics of Occupation in the West Bank (Beacon Press).

Preregistration Requested

The Yale System: A Celebration and The Yale System: A Conversation will be held on Saturday, June 3 at 10:15 and 11:30 respectively. The Yale System: I Was There will run from 2:15 – 4:15 pm that afternoon.

To register for these activities, visit Reunion Weekend 2017

Submitted by Tiffany Penn on April 26, 2017