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The School of Medicine Gala

In keeping with the newest public health recommendations and safety measures related to COVID-19, the 2020 University of Maryland School of Medicine Gala has been canceled.

Letter from the Dean

March 17, 2020

Dear School of Medicine Supporters:

The past couple weeks have been particularly difficult for our country due to the evolving nature of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The University of Maryland School of Medicine has been, and remains, keenly aware of the important role that we have in this ongoing health emergency to keep members of our community healthy. We are fortunate to have several UMSOM faculty experts who are among the top scientists in the nation on infectious disease and vaccine development. Since they are directly involved in developing therapeutics and potential vaccines for Coronavirus, they are being called upon for guidance and expertise on these issues.

After much deliberation, the leadership of the School of Medicine including our Board of Visitors has determined that we will not hold The School of Medicine Gala on May 2, 2020 at the Baltimore Hilton.

This was a difficult decision, but it is based on the guidance of our SOM experts, as well as guidelines from state and national regulatory organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We are grateful for the support, patience and understanding of everyone and look forward to working with all of you as we move forward as a community.

During the past year, the School of Medicine has accomplished a number of important scientific and medical breakthroughs. We have much to celebrate, and, in time, we will find the appropriate venue to share news of our most important achievements.

You can find daily updated information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on our website at

Thank you so much for your understanding. We look forward to seeing you soon!

E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, UM Baltimore
John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and
Dean, University of Maryland School of Medicine


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For additional information about the 2020 School of Medicine Gala, please contact:

Ashley Hines 
Director of Special Events
(410) 706-0820