Transforming Medicine Beyond Imagination
The University of Maryland School of Medicine combines research, education, and patient care to enable extraordinary medical advances—and bring them to Marylanders and the world, today.
We are seeking partners and investors to support and hasten our efforts to transform medicine through our work in these areas. With your help, we can uncover new treatments for cancer or HIV-- and the methods to deliver them -- sooner. We can better prepare doctors and researchers to meet today’s healthcare demands by working with leading experts and the latest innovations. We can continue to save and improve the lives of patients, through advanced clinical care and compassionate service to the community, in Maryland and beyond.
We are transforming medicine. We need your help to maintain our momentum -- now more than ever.
These are challenging times for healthcare. Looming national reforms. A sustained economic downturn. State and federal budget cuts. These are just a few of the obstacles that lie in our path and impede progress. With donor assistance, we can overcome these and other barriers and achieve our goals sooner rather than later, tomorrow and today.
What Does Transforming Medicine Mean?
“To me, the words ‘transforming medicine’ mean ‘change,’ and today, medicine is changing quickly, at an accelerating pace, in fact. We are entering an age where not only can we say we understand how to diagnose and treat disease, but also we are beginning to understand, at the molecular level, how to treat specific diseases.”
Kevin J. Cullen, MD
Professor of Medicine and Director, University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center
“The phrase ‘transforming medicine’ means more than a simple change to the profession itself. The word ‘transforming’ often evokes the image of a caterpillar metamorphosing into a beautiful, new, and unique butterfly. When pairing the word ‘transforming’ with the word ‘medicine,’ I see a blossoming of the profession and culture [of medicine] that is novel, refreshing, and unrestricted or tainted by the imperfections of its past identity. What lies ahead is only defined by redefining what it means to practice medicine. ”
“When I see the words ‘transforming medicine,’ I think of my own experience. My treatment team told me that, because they knew exactly what it was that I had, my cancer was not only treatable it was curable. In other words, they were saying to me, ‘You will not die from this.’ That’s transforming medicine. When a doctor can tell a patient that he has a better chance of surviving than he would have had several years ago, that’s a transformation.”