Virtual Reunion Celebration
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2020 | 7-8:30 P.M. EDT
Celebrate your medical college memories as we commemorate your milestone reunion during a special, virtual evening. This is an opportunity for you to honor your medical college experience, applaud the achievements of fellow alumni, and reconnect with Jefferson.
- Parade of Classes - Reflect on your medical college days as a parade of photographs from then is joined by images of you and your classmates today. (Find photograph submission instructions below.)
- Welcoming Remarks - Join Patricia Curtin White, MD ’88, Fellowship ’00, FACP, president of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College Alumni Association, as she welcomes you to our virtual celebration.
- Recognition of 2020 Alumni Association Award Recipients - Celebrate this year’s award recipients as they are introduced. The recipients will be formally honored in person at Alumni Weekend 2021.
- Dean’s Remarks - Hear from Mark Tykocinski, MD, Anthony F. and Gertrude M. DePalma Dean, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, and Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Thomas Jefferson University, and learn about today’s students, projects, and initiatives.
- Necrology - Honor the friends and classmates we miss with a moment of silence.
- Hippocratic Oath - Participate in a virtual reading of the Hippocratic Oath with alumni from around the world.
2020 SKMC Alumni Award Recipients
Nominated by Tony W. Tsai, MD ’05
Rachna T. Shroff, MD ’04, MS, is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Chief of GI Medical Oncology at the University of Arizona Cancer (UACC). She also serves as the Director of UACC’s Clinical Trials Office and as the Vice Chair of Clinical Research for the Department of Medicine. She came to UACC from MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, where she served as faculty from 2010-2018 after completing her medical oncology fellowship there.
Dr. Shroff is a clinical and translational investigator focused on developing novel therapies for pancreatic and biliary cancers. She holds multiple positions nationally due to her expertise in these areas, including serving as the Hepatobiliary Subcommittee Co-chair for the Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG) and as a Program Committee member for GI ASCO. She also is a member of the Scientific and Medical Advisory Board for the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation. Dr. Shroff has led numerous clinical trials focusing on pancreaticobiliary tumors and is the national PI for SWOG 1815 which is investigating a triplet chemotherapy regimen as a potential new standard of care for biliary cancers. This is based on a phase 2 study she led that is now published in JAMA Oncology. Dr. Shroff has been invited to speak at national and international meetings on topics related to targeted therapies for pancreatic and biliary cancers and numerous peer-reviewed publications in this area.
Nominated by Lorraine C. King, MD, Residency ’75, Fellowship ’77
Ronald J. Wapner, MD ’72, is the Vice Chair of Research in Obstetrics and Gynecology for Columbia University Irving Medical Center and Director of Women’s Genetics.
Dr. Wapner is an internationally known physician and researcher specializing in reproductive genetics. He pioneered the development of multiple prenatal diagnostic procedures currently used today including chorionic villus sampling (CVS), multi-fetal reduction, chromosomal microarray, and fetal sequencing. He has authored or co-authored over 500 publications. He is either a principal or co-investigator for a number of NICHD sponsored multi-centered studies. He has led a multicenter trial evaluating the accuracy, efficacy, and clinical advantages of prenatal diagnosis using microarray analysis. He published the first large study evaluating whole exome sequencing for the genetic diagnosis of fetal anomalies and most recently evaluated the use of whole exome sequencing for stillbirth. The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine has honored Dr. Wapner with both a Lifetime Achievement Award (2015) and The Dru Carlson Memorial Award for Best Research in Ultrasound and Genetics (2017). He has had a significant role in the development of multidisciplinary research studies and clinical research centers throughout his career.
Then & Now
Campus Store Discount
Enjoy a 20% discount on items at the Jefferson Campus Store using the discount code: JEFFALUM2020.
Discounts are valid from Oct. 12-18, 2020, and are applicable on all general merchandise items including apparel, gift items, and drinkware. There is no minimum or maximum dollar amount.
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Parade of Classes
Participate in our inaugural Parade of Classes by sharing a current photograph to be included in a commemorative video honoring the milestone reunion of you and your classmates.
Featuring “then and now” images, the Parade of Classes will be a special part of our virtual reunion celebration on Oct. 14.
Send a current photograph and include your full name and class year by Friday, Oct. 2, 2020.
- Email (preferred): email@example.com
- Mail: Thomas Jefferson University
Office of Alumni Relations
Pinizzotto-Ammon Alumni Center
1020 Locust Street, Suite 210
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Hard copies of photos will be returned by mail following the reunion celebration.
Reunion Class Giving
Your reunion is a reminder to pause, reflect, and remember the many experiences you had at Jefferson, and the accomplishments that followed your medical college education. It is also an opportunity to participate in the tradition of giving back, to provide another medical student with the experiences and opportunities you had. In these unprecedented times, your gift now matters more than ever.
Even though we are celebrating virtually this year, your philanthropic participation will show the unity of your class—a reminder that we are in this together. And your gift in honor of this historic milestone reunion will show the importance of the medical college’s legacy and the value of physicians in today’s world.
Please honor your reunion with a gift today.