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Medical student is first to receive newly endowed Baim Scholarship

Medicine@Yale, 2011 - Nov Dec


Jeffrey Low, of the Class of 2015, is the first recipient of the Donald S. Baim, M.D. ’75 Scholarship, established by Boston Scientific Corporation in February 2011 with a $1.7 million endowment. The scholarship honors Baim, an interventional cardiology pioneer who served as Boston Scientific’s chief medical and scientific officer from 2006 until his death in 2009.

As a middle school and high school student in San Francisco, Jeffrey Low found an early love for medicine. While volunteering in the spine center of a community hospital, Low had the opportunity to perform clinical research for surgeons who had invented a successful orthopaedic device. While still in high school, Low had co-authored papers published in prominent medical journals. As a Harvard undergraduate, Low did consulting for health care firms and the government of Tanzania, where he worked on a project to develop a low-cost device for monitoring HIV.

The Baim scholarship will be awarded each year to an incoming Yale medical student according to both financial need and intellectual and clinical drive, and covers half of his or her tuition for four years. According to a press release, Low received the scholarship based on his “demonstrated pursuits in innovation, invention and blending business and technology with a grounded interest in clinical medicine and biomedical science.”

“Dr. Baim had a profound and enduring impact on an entire generation of cardiologists and the clinical practice at Boston Scientific, where he served as the ‘voice of the patient,’ ” said Tim Pratt, executive vice president, chief administrative officer, general counsel, and secretary of Boston Scientific. “This fund ensures that his spirit and legacy will live on in outstanding students like Jeffrey and future scholarship recipients.”

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