Dr. David Cennimo C’97 has worked on the frontlines of the AIDS epidemic for the last fifteen years. He has seen it all, from heartbreak to headway, as an HIV specialist practicing and teaching at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark (formerly UMDNJ).
“When I was a med student, people were dying from HIV infections. Now I see patients for whom this isn’t even their biggest health issue.”
David describes this as his dream job. He enjoys the range of challenges his work involves, from providing patient care, to serving as a course director in the medical school, to conducting research in his spare time. He credits his Drew education with preparing him for these distinct roles. “I’m a fan of the liberal arts. You learn how to think, how to solve problems.”
David also says that some of his best training for managing a clinical team came from student activities at Drew. “I learned about team work and leadership by working on things like the Orientation Committee. I use those skills now every day in my job.”
That’s part of why David has chosen to support Drew with a donation every single year since he graduated. Over the years he has also gradually increased the level of his giving, as he was able, to become a member of The Drew Society. “I know the margins are very tight at a place like Drew. But even more than that, I made life-long friendships at Drew and this place set me on my path. I have a responsibility to give back.” –Barbara Perkins P’09
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