By Joey Garcia
Photograph by Lauren Carroll
enri R. Ford, M.D., M.H.A., dean and chief academic officer of the Miller School of Medicine, received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Wake Forest University and served as the spring commencement speaker for the Wake Forest School of Medicine.
Dr. Ford began his remarks by congratulating the graduating class for their resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic. He then advised them to base their careers on dedication to three traits: commitment to professionalism, commitment to lifelong learning, and the pursuit of excellence. He cited Dr. Kati Kariko, the Hungarian biochemist credited for mRNA discoveries that are used today in COVID-19 vaccines, as an example of a medical professional who embodies those traits.
“The future of American medicine, the future of our noble profession, depends on your willingness to embrace and commit to the same principles in order to serve your patients more effectively,” Dean Ford said. “While you pursue excellence, I invite you to embrace your own quest for significance by endeavoring to make the greatest difference possible in your community and in the lives of others.”