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2019 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Dr. Joseph V. Sakran

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Joseph Sakran

Each year, the College of Science recognizes one alumnus who exemplifies success while making significant impact through his/her professional and personal achievements. Congratulations to Dr. Joseph Sakran who received the 2019 Distinguished Alumnus award.

Sakran is an assistant professor of surgery, director of emergency general surgery, and Associate Chief of the Division of Acute Care Surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. As a former victim of gun violence, Sakran spends a significant portion of his time as a clinician, researcher, and advocate with a primary goal of reducing firearm death and disability in America. To this end, he established the organization @ThisIsOurLane, a platform to help unite healthcare providers and deliver one strong voice in ending gun violence.

Sakran completed a one-year educational sabbatical at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where he developed a unique skill set within public policy, economics, and leadership development. In 2017, Sakran was selected by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of Healthcare’s Leaders under 40. He is a sought after national and international speaker, and holds numerous national roles in surgical organizations. Beyond medicine, Sakran serves as a Board Director for
the Brady Campaign and recently was selected to join the Presidential Leadership Scholars program.

Sakran (BS, Biology, ‘99) served as the college’s 2019 degree celebration speaker.

See his speech and the college’s degree celebration in its entirety by visiting science.gmu.edu/2019maygrads