Perhaps without ever intending to, Beth Sersig, MD (MED '84) and Christopher Brandt, MD, PhD (WRC '80, MED '84), have become examples of lifelong, dedicated alumni involvement at the School of Medicine. Both accomplished physicians in their fields, they focus their time and resources on advancing the future of health care.
Sersig is a staff physician and director of women's health at Case Western Reserve University Student Health Services. Brandt is a general surgeon at MetroHealth Medical Center, a professor at the School of Medicine and this year's recipient of the school's Kaiser-Permanente Excellence in Teaching Award. Both have been active volunteers at the school and university levels.
One of the ways the couple has celebrated their commitment to the school is through their philanthropy. They have established an endowed scholarship and have made a will commitment to provide additional funds in the future. The scholarship supports School of Medicine students, with a preference to graduates of public schools within Cuyahoga County.
"It's getting harder and harder to attract students to medicine who are from underserved populations," Brandt observes. "While issues earlier in their educational experiences may impact their ability to be competitive students, they simply cannot get there without financial resources in medical school."
Whatever the reason for a gift, the university is profoundly grateful for the support of our alumni and friends.