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Alumna Mary Sheldon, MD [FSM’53, MED’57], Celebrates Inaugural Professorship Appointee

Alumna Mary Sheldon, MD [FSM’53, MED’57], Celebrates Inaugural Professorship Appointee
Mary Sheldon, MD [FSM’53, MED’57], a member of the School of Medicine Class of 1957, was in attendance and shared her reasons for establishing the professorship.

“I’m impressed by the leadership of School of Medicine Dean Pamela B. Davis, and I wanted to do something to support her vision for the school,” said Sheldon. “On a visit, I was inspired by the tremendous potential I saw in the school’s genomic sciences, and I am delighted to see a cutting-edge leader like Dr. Haines be recruited to drive collaboration and discovery even further.”

Sheldon studied chemistry at Flora Stone Mather College for Women and went on to Western Reserve College School of Medicine, as one of seven women in the Class of 1957. Following medical school, she pursued an internal medicine residency at University Hospitals, followed by a second residency in psychiatry at the Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, as well as training at Boston Psychoanalytic Institute. Sheldon would go on to spend 30 years with the Harvard University Health Service in multiple roles, including director of the Multidisciplinary Clinic at Harvard Law School. She remains active in private practice today.

Beyond her leadership in psychiatry, Sheldon’s interests in science are expansive. She continues to be inspired by the pioneering research happening at the school today and its trajectory as a forward-thinking biomedical leader. Her scientific interests also extend to her hobby as an avid birder—a passion that has taken her to locations around the globe and motivated her involvement as a volunteer in local conservation efforts.

Sheldon’s commitment to the community also can be seen in her involvement on multiple boards relating to conservation, as well as service on the Lincoln Housing Commission and Lincoln Council on Aging.

Jonathan Haines, PhD, recruited from Vanderbilt University in 2013, serves as chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, as well as director of the Institute for Computational Biology

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