Fall 2010

The school's magazine, Vital Signs, is published for and distributed to alumni, faculty, staff and friends of Boonshoft School of Medicine.

From the Dean

Howard Part, M.D., DeanThe medical school lost a very dear friend this year. Oscar Boonshoft passed away on March 22 at the age of 92. Oscar's legacy cannot be overstated. Through the students we graduate, and the impact they will have as they care for patients, improve systems of health care delivery, and advance medical science, Oscar's vision and influence will surely endure for generations.

His vision is evident in the pages of this magazine. You'll find stories on our new Wright State University & Premier Health Partners Neuroscience Institute and Dr. Julie Gentile's pioneering work with people dually diagnosed with intellectual disabilities and mental illness. Oscar's support for our Comprehensive Neuroscience Center facilitated our partnership with Premier Health Partners to create the new Neuroscience Institute. And Dr. Gentile is fulfilling his vision by ensuring that some of the most vulnerable among us get the care they need.

Oscar inspired us with his genuine warmth, his infectious enthusiasm, his sense of humor, and his passion for the possible. He left an indelible impression on everyone who had the good fortune to meet him, just as he has touched so many lives through his transformational impact on our community.

Oscar's delight in possibility allowed him to envision a better world and devise groundbreaking ways to realize that vision. We are honored to have been part of his journey.

Howard M. Part, M.D.

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