Speakers and Honorees

UMB was privileged to host a number of honored guests and speakers at the 2016 Commencement ceremony on May 20.

Jay A. Perman, MD

President, University of Maryland, Baltimore

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The keynote speaker at commencement on May 20 will be a familiar face to the students — Jay A. Perman, MD. The UMB president will discuss the joys and challenges of preparing capable, compassionate professionals to improve the human condition and serve the public good.

A pediatric gastroenterologist, Perman, who became UMB president in July 2010, continues to practice medicine through his weekly President’s Clinic, where he teaches team-based health care to students of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, law, and social work. Interprofessional, team-based care is a priority of Perman’s: In 2013, he established the Center for Interprofessional Education to train all UMB students to provide high-quality, affordable health care and human services within a team-based model.

Interprofessional education is also a theme of the University’s 2011-2016 strategic plan, launched and led by Perman. In addition to excellence in interprofessionalism, the plan prioritizes such goals as innovation in education, scholarship, and patient care; leadership in solving problems of local and global urgency; service as an economic engine for the city and state; and accountability, transparency, and fiscal responsibility in University operations.

Perman’s commitment to community engagement and urban renewal is manifest in his prolific civic service. With Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Perman co-chairs the UniverCity Partnership, an effort to redevelop and revitalize Baltimore City’s Westside. He chairs the board of directors of the Downtown Partnership, dedicated to creating a vibrant city center. Moreover, he serves on the boards of the Greater Baltimore Committee, the Hippodrome Foundation, and Baltimore’s Promise, a group committed to advancing the health, safety, and success of the city’s youth.

Perman is an ex-officio member of the boards of directors of the University of Maryland Medical System and the University of Maryland Medical Center. Perman takes seriously the University’s role in improving the health and well-being of its closest neighbors. In 2013, he established the Center for Community-Based Engagement and Learning to enhance UMB’s engagement with children and families in West Baltimore. He subsequently inaugurated the Office of Community Engagement to coordinate UMB’s ample outreach projects — again, with special emphasis on West Baltimore — and to leverage resources so that the University may respond quickly and effectively to identified community needs.

With Wallace Loh, PhD, JD, president of the University of Maryland, College Park, Perman leads MPowering the State. Through this structured alliance, the two universities have grown their scholarly collaboration, significantly increasing the number of faculty with appointments on both campuses and the volume of joint research undertaken. A collaborative commercialization office has boosted faculty inventions; technology licenses and licensing revenue; and university startups. Moreover, joint academic programs allow students access to a greater breadth of courses, research opportunities, and degrees.

Named one of Maryland’s Most Admired CEOs in 2013 by The Daily Record, Perman is focused on creating a dynamic University culture. He began this effort by establishing a consistent identity for UMB, its seven schools, and its close clinical partner, the University of Maryland Medical System. He has since inaugurated a number of cross-University groups to build and nurture a cohesive community of students, faculty, and staff, and he’s ushered in a series of UMBwide events to spur dialogue on issues of institutional significance.

For instance, a yearlong Symposium and White Paper Project has tackled such topics as civility, community engagement, and interprofessionalism, and a Core Values Speaker Series brings renowned leaders to campus for a conversation on the values that guide UMB’s work.

Perman’s leadership at UMB marks a return to the campus; he chaired the Department of Pediatrics in the University’s School of Medicine (1999-2004), before leaving to serve as dean and vice president for clinical affairs at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine (2004-10).

Perman received a Doctor of Medicine degree with Distinction in 1972 from Northwestern University. Following his residency in pediatrics at Northwestern University Children’s Memorial Hospital (1975), he completed a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology at Harvard Medical School and at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston (1977).

From 1977 to 1984, Perman was an assistant professor and associate professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. He first came to Baltimore to work at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1984-96), serving as a professor of pediatrics and head of several divisions. Perman was then named the Jessie Ball duPont Professor and chair in the Department of Pediatrics at the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medical College of Virginia (1996-99).

Perman’s career includes service on many national and regional boards and committees, including the Association of American Medical Colleges Council of Deans, the Children’s Cancer Foundation, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Perman is a past president of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, a former section chair of the American Gastroenterological Association, and a former executive committee member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He’s been listed among “The Best Doctors in America” since 2001.

A native of Chicago, Perman and his wife, Andrea, a research nurse, have four adult children and reside in Baltimore.

Additional Speakers and Honorees

Alisha Duggal

“I think there is something very special about influencing a large audience with your words.”

Wendy R. Sherman, MSW

“I grew up during so many changes from the end of segregation, to the end of the Vietnam War, to the transformation of downtown Baltimore, even in the face of deep challenges that remain to this day.”

Freda Lewis-Hall, MD, DFAPA

“The greatest reward for me is having a positive effect on the health and lives of thousands or even millions of people.”

Angela Brodie, PhD

Brodie, PhD, professor of pharmacology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (SOM), is one of the world’s most decorated scientists in cancer research.

David Roffman, PharmD, BCPS/Cardiology

“Few things gave me more satisfaction than watching the faces of my students and residents at the moment that they ‘got’ a complicated cardiology concept after they had struggled with it for weeks or months.”

Bruce C. Stuart, PhD

As a distinguished researcher, instructor, mentor, and dissertation director, Bruce C. Stuart has made a huge impact at the School of Pharmacy for nearly two decades, informing health care policy in the process.

Marjorie Fass, MA

“My accomplishments are really the students I have had the honor to work with through the many years."