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The 237th Commencement
Anti-Tobacco Advocate To Address 2005 Medical School Graduates
Dileep Bal, M.D., former American Cancer Society president and chief of California’s leading-edge tobacco control program, will address the 31st Brown Medical School graduating class Sunday, May 29, 2005, in the First Unitarian Church. Joseph Diaz, M.D., assistant professor of medicine, will deliver the faculty address, and Robert Gray, a candidate for the M.D. degree, will deliver the student address. Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences Eli Adashi, M.D., will preside at his first Brown Medical School Commencement.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Dileep Bal, chief of the Cancer Control Branch within the California Department of Health Services, will address the 31st Brown Medical School graduating class when it gathers for the Commencement Ceremony at 11:15 a.m. Sunday, May 29, 2005, in the First Unitarian Church. Bal, a former American Cancer Society president, leads California’s tobacco control campaign – an aggressive, innovative program that has helped reduce the state’s adult smoking rate by 33 percent. Bal’s address is titled “Quo Vadis – Whither Goest Thou?”
The 74 students of Brown’s M.D. Class of 2005 will also hear an address titled “Traveling the Big Road from Rhode Island: Medical School in a Fugue State” from Joseph Diaz, M.D. A graduate of the M.D. Class of 1996, Diaz is an assistant professor of medicine and site director for the clerkship in medicine at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. He is also involved in the Medical School’s new exchange program in the Dominican Republic.
Robert Gray of the M.D. Class of 2005 will deliver the student address, speaking on the theme of “Alone Together: On Becoming a Doctor.” Gray, winner of a prestigious Royce Fellowship, became the first third-year student to serve as president of the Medical Student Senate. After graduation, Gray will begin a residency in orthopaedic surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.
Edward Feller, M.D., will receive the Senior Citation – the most prestigious award a faculty member can receive from graduating medical students. Feller is a clinical professor of medicine, co-director of the community health clerkship and director of the Division of Gastroenterology at The Miriam Hospital. Feller is a student favorite, having received seven Faculty Awards and two previous Senior Citations for distinction as an outstanding clinician, enthusiastic researcher and generous mentor.
Following the addresses and awards, Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences Eli Adashi, M.D., will administer the Physician’s Oath, written by the 1975 graduating class. This will be Adashi’s first Commencement as dean.