The Richmond Times-Dispatch has published a commentary piece from Dean of Medicine Jerry Strauss III, M.D., Ph.D., on the newspaper’s Op-Ed page. Strauss weighed in on a proposal by the House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee that could result in a dramatic 20 percent decrease to the budget of the National Institutes of Health.
Published in the June 12 newspaper, Strauss wrote, “A 20 percent cut represents a significantly greater funding reduction than what is proposed for every other area of domestic spending. From my vantage point as a physician, researcher and dean of the VCU School of Medicine, I am dismayed at the potential consequences of that decision.”
He went on to describe the impact that such a reduction would have on patients, medical schools and the economy and asked legislators to collaborate on a budget solution that protects our patients and preserves the life-saving research.
Jerome F. Strauss, III, M.D., Ph.D.
Dean, VCU School of Medicine
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, VCU Health System