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Pitt's 'new' iron lung is the symbol of the Salk achievement there

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - The tubular yellow artifact placed on display in the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health lobby Tuesday was an unfamiliar oddity to the many millennials walking by it, but 73-year-old Jael Greenleaf of Squirrel Hill knows it well. “I am claustrophobic to this day,” said Ms. Greenleaf, who spent months as a 5-year-old in one of the life-saving iron lungs used to assist the breathing of polio victims ... 

Rosemarie Ramos (EOH '03, '05)

My positive experience at Pitt Public Health has had a lifelong impact on me as a public health professional. It’s given me the self-confidence to contribute to improvements in population health and health equity.    

Martha Terry on Faculty Giving

“I donated because I wanted my students to have a really good learning experience here. The space does matter.” - Martha Terry, Assistant Professor, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences  

Bernie Goldstein on Faculty Giving

“Now is the time that we can make a difference. Now is the time that we need all faculty to come on board.” - Bernie Goldstein, Professor Emeritus, Environmental and Occupational Health  

Veronica Sansing-Foster (EPI '08, '10)

Expectations were always high for Veronica Sansing-Foster, but her ascent to administrator and reseacher at the Food and Drug Administration wasn't the result of a calculated career path. Reflecting on the road that took her from the South Side of Chicago to the key post, she cites her own ability and hard work, her ties to generous mentors at Pitt Pubilc Health, and a measure of serendipity. 

Robert Henkel (HPM '82)

Alumnus Robert Henkel leads the largest nonprofit health care system in the country. Ascension Health is the health care delivery arm of Ascension, an enterprise comprising 131 hospitals in 23 states and the District of Columbia that bases its reputation for innovation on a spiritual mission to serve all, especially the poor and vulnerable. 

Patricia Maryland (HPM '82)

Alumna Patricia Maryland is president of health care operations and COO of Ascension Health, the largest nonprofit health care system in the country that bases its reputation for innovation on a spiritual mission to serve all, especially the poor and vulnerable. 

Diane Peterson (HPM '75)

Diane Peterson, a member of Pitt Public Health’s Board of Visitors, recognizes the positive impact that her education in health administration has had on her career. Thanks to the Surma match, her gift will be valued at $50,000, giving her the opportunity to name a classroom in the renovated building. "I am proud to be an alumna of Pitt Public Health and to support the School as it grows. In order to recruit and retain outstanding faculty an... 

Diego Chaves-Gnecco (MMPH '00)

In September 1998, a young Colombian doctor dragged his suitcases into Oakland, preparing to pursue a fellowship in clinical pharmacology and a Master of Public Health at Pitt Public Health. Fifteen years later, he has married, made Pittsburgh his home, and found a spiritual and intellectual calling to serve what he calls "an invisible community:" the Pittsburgh region’s fast-growing population of immigrant Latino children.  

Debra Cen (IDM '91)

A passion for science, business, and American culture has propelled Hui “Debra” Cen (ScDHy ’91) to a sweet spot. Having sold one successful biotech start-up and handed off another, the Silicon Valley entrepreneur is now turning her attention to a high-tech way to promote the cultural strength of the United States and China to each other. 

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