From The Dean

  • Friday, January 05, 2018
  • From The Dean

Happy New Year! Susan and I are just back from a wonderful week with our grandkids, and we are energized for an exciting 2018. Here are a few previews of some upcoming events:

  • The next Java with Josh will be on Wednesday, January 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the Tello-Skjerseth Atrium (across from the departments of Family and Community Medicine and Population Health office suite). Please join me for a conversation about matters of interest regarding the School over a cup of coffee. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend.
  • The very next day--Thursday, January 18--I will be presenting the annual SMHS "State of the School Address" in the Charles H. Fee, MD Auditorium (Rm. E101). I would like to invite all faculty members to attend this Faculty Assembly, which will begin at 3:30 p.m. (CST) and will be broadcast to our campuses in Bismarck (Rm 2108), Fargo (Rm 219), and Minot (Northwest Campus Conference Room–Trinity Location) via videoconference.

But it seems that good news often is mixed with bad. While we are excited about these events and the start of the spring semester, UND and North Dakota lost two wonderful people recently. Sarah Nissen, executive director of Marketing & Creative Services at UND, recently lost her battle with cancer and passed away at the age of only 35 years. She leaves three young children, a husband, and a legion of friends. She will be missed.

North Dakota, the SMHS, and I also will miss Tom Nehring, who died suddenly just before the New Year. Tom recently had retired from the North Dakota Department of Health where he had been director of the Division of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma. As a cardiologist, I have a particular appreciation for the work that Tom did to improve the delivery of emergency cardiac care across the state. He was instrumental in helping set up North Dakota’s state-wide system for rapidly managing heart attack victims through the North Dakota Cardiac System. He also helped bring SIM-ND to fruition, providing oversight to our Simulation Center staff in the program’s first few years.

Both Sarah and Tom will be missed, but their impact and contributions will endure. UND and North Dakota are better for their efforts.

Joshua Wynne, MD, MBA, MPH
UND Vice President for Health Affairs

Dean, UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences