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September 21, 2016

Dear Members of the Tufts Community,

We are delighted to announce that the Jaharis Family Foundation Inc. has generously pledged $15 million to Tufts University School of Medicine, a gift that will transform teaching and learning on our Boston health sciences campus and encourage more new physicians to consider careers in family medicine. Tufts University is extremely fortunate and grateful for the continued support of the Jaharis family, who are the School of Medicine’s most generous donors.

Of the $15 million, $13 million will be directed to build a state-of-the-art anatomy laboratory and anatomical education facility, where our students will learn important fundamentals about how the body works and how disease progresses. The gift enables the university to get maximum use out of existing facilities.

Additionally, $2 million will create an endowed scholarship that will provide debt relief to eligible students who choose to enter family medicine, a field in which the current physician shortage is predicted to become even more acute in less than a decade. This portion of the foundation’s gift reflects a personal passion of Steven Jaharis, a 1987 graduate of our medical school and a longtime family medicine practitioner in the Chicago area.

The Jaharis family’s gift will dramatically enhance medical education at Tufts University, ensuring that we continue to graduate well-trained, compassionate physicians whose indebtedness does not dictate the medical specialty they choose. Most notably, the foundation’s philanthropy will have a much broader impact—helping to guarantee a pipeline of physicians who are prepared to provide comprehensive and preventive care to patients who need it the most.

The Jaharis family and the Jaharis Family Foundation Inc. provided the cornerstone gift for the Jaharis Family Center for Biomedical and Nutrition Sciences, a milestone in the medical school’s development, and they funded the renovation of the Sackler Building into a first-rate student learning center. They helped create the Clinical Skills and Medical Simulation Center, enabling our students to hone critically important aptitudes in physical diagnosis. And they endowed the Jaharis Family Chair in Family Medicine, thereby seeding the robust growth of this important specialty at our medical school. Education was important to the Jaharis family patriarch, Michael Jaharis, M87P, H15, who died in February. He served as a university trustee for 10 years and was a longtime chair of the Board of Advisors to Tufts School of Medicine and the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences.

Please join us in thanking Steve and Elaine Jaharis, Kathryn Jaharis, Mary Jaharis and the Jaharis Family Foundation Inc. for their generous and unwavering support of medical education at Tufts University. The future is promising indeed for our students, their patients and the U.S. health-care system.

Best wishes,

Tony Monaco
President, Tufts University

Harris Berman
Dean, Tufts University School of Medicine