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Commencement speakers

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine has hosted several esteemed speakers at commencement ceremonies throughout the years. See a full listing of previous speakers below:

2023 MD

Catherine D. DeAngelis, MD
University Distinguished Service Professor Emerita, Professor of Pediatrics Emerita at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Editor in Chief Emerita of JAMA

2022 MBS Winter

Nelson Sofoluke, MD ’17, MBS ’13
Resident in Neurosurgery, Geisinger Medical Center in Danville

2022 MBS Summer

Rachel Silverstein, MD ’15, MBS ’11
Pediatric Orthopaedic Fellow at Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine

2022 MD

Susan E. Skochelak, MD, MPH
Former Chief Academic Officer and Group Vice President for Medical Education at the American Medical Association

2021 MBS (Winter)

Akindele Olagunju, MD ’19, MBS ’14
Second-Year Diagnostic Radiology Resident, Brown University
2021 MBS (Summer)

Kristina M. Zimmerman, MD ’15, MBS ’11
Family Medicine with Obstetrics Physician at the Federally Qualified Health Center, Family Health Network of Central New York
2021 MD

Karen B. DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc
Chief Health Officer of Google Health

2020 MBS

Steven J. Scheinman, MD
Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer of Geisinger
President and Dean of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
2020 MD

Jaewon Ryu, MD, JD
President and Chief Executive Officer of Geisinger
2019 MD and MBS

Holly J. Humphrey, MD, MACP
President of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation
2018 MD and MBS

David B. Nash, MD, MBA
Founding Dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health (JCPH) of Thomas Jefferson University and the Dr. Raymond C. and Doris N. Grandon Professor of Health Policy in Philadelphia
Geisinger Commonwealth Board of Directors
2017 MBS-Doylestown

Michael J. Sofia, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer and Cofounder of Arbutus Biopharma Inc.
2017 MD and MBS

Deborah E. Powell, MD
Dean Emerita and Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the University of Minnesota Medical School
2016 MD and MBS

Thomas J. Nasca, MD, MACP
Chief Executive Officer of Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and Chief Executive Officer of ACGME International; Professor of Medicine and Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University; Senior Scholar of the Department of Medical Education, University of Illinois at Chicago
2015 MD and MBS

Darrell G. Kirch, MD
President and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
2014 MD and MBS

Fitzhugh Mullan, MD
Murdock Head Professor of Medicine and Health Policy and Professor of Pediatrics, George Washington University
2013 MD Charter Class and MBS

George E. Thibault, MD
President, Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation
2012 MBS

Keith W. Eckel
Owner of Fred W. Eckel Sons and President of Eckel Farms Inc.
2011 MBS

Wayne Pisano
Former President and CEO of Sanofi Pasteur
2010 inaugural MBS class

Edward G. Rendell
Governor of Pennsylvania
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