From Discovery to Cures: The vision for the School of Medicine

As a leading academic health science center, the School of Medicine advances human health through excellence in medical education, translating discoveries into clinical outcomes and impacting the care and health of our community to improve quality of life in our region and around the world. Campaign support will help attract top students and faculty to pursue medical education and research that changes lives.

Campaign Goal $350 million

Excellence in Medical Education
The School of Medicine’s innovative Western Reserve₂ Curriculum weaves research, scholarship, clinical mastery and professionalism to prepare students for the practice of evidence-based medicine. Attracting and retaining the best faculty are critical to the curriculum’s continued success and require endowed chairs at all levels—from the leadership support of center directors and vice deans to recognition of the importance of teaching faculty. Likewise, student support keeps the school strong by ensuring it can compete for top students by offering competitive scholarship packages.

Translating Scientific Discoveries into Clinical Outcomes
Campaign support for the School of Medicine’s major research initiatives—including cancer, cardiovascular disease, infection and inflammation, metabolism and neurosciences—brings discoveries from our laboratories into new and better modes of detection, treatment and prevention for patients. The school also trains the next generation of medical scientists who will sustain the pipeline of discovery into the future. Endowed chairs, graduate and faculty fellowships, research funds and disease-focused funds are all critical to this effort to translate basic science into effective treatments.

Caring for the Health of Greater Cleveland and Beyond
After research is translated into treatments and preventive strategies, the School of Medicine is committed to delivering these solutions to the community. Programs like the Urban Health Initiative and the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods harness the school’s strengths in community-based, data-driven research to make a direct impact on individuals and populations with specific disease vulnerabilities—discoveries that enhance care locally, nationally and around the world. Named research centers, endowed chairs and research fellowships are essential to successful community research and outreach.

To learn more about supporting campaign initiatives at the School of Medicine, please contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 216.368.6830 or

Michael Konstan, MD, renowned cystic fibrosis researcher and head of pediatrics (left)
“The School of Medicine exists to improve human health. Whether we are pursuing basic research or educating the next generation of physicians, improved patient health is always the goal. These endeavors require constant philanthropic investment to keep research moving forward and, ultimately, to translate discoveries into cures.”

—Pamela B. Davis, MD, PhD, dean and Arline H. and Curtis F. Garvin, MD, Research Professor, School of Medicine; vice president for medical affairs, Case Western Reserve University