School of Medicine and Health Sciences to present Doctor of Medicine degrees

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GRAND FORKS, N.D.—The University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences will confer the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree during commencement at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium on the UND campus in Grand Forks.

Fifty-five degree candidates will participate in the ceremony. The graduates have completed four years of medical education to earn their Doctor of Medicine, beginning with two years of instruction at the UND campus in Grand Forks, followed by two years learning and working with practicing physicians who volunteer to serve as their teachers in hospitals and clinics throughout North Dakota. Upon graduating, the doctors will complete their residencies, a period of advanced intensive training in their chosen medical specialty before independent practice as a physician. Depending on the medical specialty, medical school graduates complete anywhere from three to seven years of residency training after medical school.

Timothy D. Henry, MD, alumnus (BS Med ’80), an interventional cardiologist, the director of Cardiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, and a professor of medicine at Cedars-Sinai and UCLA, will deliver the keynote address titled “Heart to Heart.”

Henry is the former director of Research at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, and professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota. Henry grew up in Westhope, North Dakota, and spent three years at Minot State College before graduating from the University of North Dakota in 1978. He attended the UND Medical School for two years before graduating from the University of California, San Francisco in 1982, where he was named to Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society. He was an internal medicine resident and chief medical resident from 1982 to 1986 at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He completed his training as a cardiology fellow, chief cardiology fellow, and interventional cardiology fellow at the University of Minnesota in 1991.

Henry has coauthored over 300 manuscripts and book chapters in prominent peer-reviewed journals, including Circulation Research,Journal of the American College of Cardiology,Journal of the American Medical Association, Lancet,European Heart Journal, and the New England Journal of Medicine. He is a nationally recognized expert in the treatment of patients with refractory angina and acute myocardial infarction. In addition, he is a national leader in cardiovascular stem cell therapy and is a principal investigator of the National Institutes of Health Cardiovascular Cell Therapy Research Network. He is widely sought after as a guest lecturer on both the national and international level.

Henry is a recipient of numerous awards and research grants, including the Innovator Award from the American College of Cardiology, the LUMEN Global Lifetime Achievement Award in Myocardial Infarction, and the Minnesota American Heart Association Heart & Stroke Hero Award in Research. He was named one of the Best Doctors in America (2007–14) and one of Minnesota’s 100 Most Influential Health Care Leaders.