A Holiday Message to the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Published December 15, 2022

Season’s Greetings,

Just one year ago, I was embarking on a new journey and settling into my home here in Buffalo.

Having now experienced the full array of seasons, I’m happy to once again experience the winter holidays. This is a time to celebrate the warmth of kindness, and dream of new possibilities as we prepare for the new year.

As your dean of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and vice president for health sciences at UB, I had the pleasure of attending many of your long-running traditions. I was proud to stand with you — faculty, staff, students, alumni and donors — at Match Day, the White Coat Ceremony, commencements, Reunion Weekend, and many other exciting activities.

As I began decorating my Christmas tree this past week, I was reminded about the rich diversity of backgrounds here at the Jacobs School. We each observe our cultural customs in our own ways and embrace each other’s uniqueness.   

That compassion and respect for others is what our world needs more of in our future physicians and scientists. You should take pride in the impact you have made at this school, the university and throughout the community to promote a diverse and inclusive environment. 

I know this past year has had its ups and downs. If the tragedies we faced have taught us anything, it is that every single moment is a gift. Enjoy those gifts and cherish them.

I am so grateful to be part of this amazing school. Thank you for helping to make my first year so memorable.

As I look ahead to 2023, I know there is a bright future full of possibilities at the Jacobs School.

Whatever customs you may follow, I wish you a joyous holiday season and a safe and fulfilling new year!

Warmest wishes,


Allison Brashear, MD, MBA
Dean, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Vice President for Health Sciences