Starting today our new medical school will be known as Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine. Our first class of medical students will begin their studies this fall in a medical school named for Dr. Homer Stryker, a Kalamazoo orthopaedic surgeon who founded Stryker Corporation and whose name has become an international symbol for medical innovation. This has all been made possible by the extraordinary generosity three years ago of the donors of the $100 million foundational gift to establish the new medical school by Homer Stryker’s granddaughter, Ronda E. Stryker, and her husband William D. Johnston.
This is an exciting day in our history and we were pleased to share this news with a large crowd of administrators, faculty, students, staff, alumni, donors, members of our local business and medical communities as well as local governmental leaders who gathered on the WMU campus for this special event. Click here to learn more about this announcement.
Because of the generosity of Ronda Stryker and William Johnston and other donors in the region, we had the opportunity to start with a blank canvas and create the medical school of the future. We did so, recognizing the need for innovative medical education that would allow us to prepare new generations of medical professionals who would be able to follow the exemplary career of Dr. Homer Stryker.
The medical school we have developed continues the exceptional legacy in Kalamazoo of innovation in the life sciences. Our graduates will continue in the footsteps of Homer Stryker and will excel as clinicians, leaders, educators, advocates and researchers.
Our donors' investment in this medical school will pay dividends not just in medical education, but for the physical and economic health of our community as well. This is a wonderful gift to our state and nation, but for this community, this medical school will be transformational.