Message from Dean Richardson : Thank you

December 17, 2013

Dean RichardsonDear School of Medicine Community:

During the holiday season and with a new calendar year fast approaching, I would like to use this monthly message to thank you for your innovation and commitment, and for your many contributions to meeting our missions, throughout the year. We've accomplished so much together even as we navigate through this historic era of change facing academic medicine and OHSU. The external forces driving this change are well known:

  • Health care reform is fundamentally reshaping our delivery systems. Our faculty, staff and students are at the forefront of this shift across the nation, in Oregon and at OHSU.
  • Simultaneously, we are entering what many have labeled the golden age of biomedicine due to the promise and potential for new cures, at a time when we face unprecedented challenges in federal funding for research.
  • At OHSU and across the nation, educational models are changing, and we are working creatively and tenaciously to adapt to meet both society's needs and the impact of technology on instructional models.

Within this whirlwind of change and challenges and optimism and energy, we continue to have a profound impact on human health, even as we lay the groundwork for increasing that impact. Highlights of our collective accomplishments are shared on our 2013 State of the School website, and I am proud, grateful and humbled when I view that partial list of our achievements.

Now, moving into 2014, the pace of change is ramping up even more, as we boldly enter what will someday be seen as our next era of transformation catalyzed by the scientific vision and investments associated with the $1 billion Knight Cancer Challenge to end cancer as we know it. A pivotal moment, our success in meeting this Challenge will bring new resources to OHSU and Oregon, elevate our national profile and broaden our opportunities to fulfill our missions across all disciplines in ways that at this juncture we can only imagine.

As exciting as all of this is, the degree – and pace – of change can sometimes be dizzying. At this moment, as we pass from one calendar year to the next, I'd like to pause, and reiterate my thanks for your hard work, your leadership and your tenacity. I hope that during this time of year, you also have the opportunity to pause, and enjoy down time with your friends, family and colleagues in ways that allow for personal renewal and celebration.

I am grateful for your contributions to and support for our missions. It is because of you – our faculty, students, staff, alumni and friends – that we consistently overcome challenges and are poised to take full advantage of the opportunities before us in this new landscape of health.

Best Regards,




Mark Richardson, M.D., MBA
Dean, OHSU School of Medicine
President, Faculty Practice Plan