School of Medicine dean establishes scholarship in honor of wife


MaryRyanShapiroJoseph I. Shapiro, M.D., dean of the  Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, has established a scholarship at the school in honor of his wife, Mary Ryan Shapiro.

The Mary R. Shapiro Scholarship is an endowed scholarship that will be awarded to a medical student who is a poster or oral presentation winner at the annual School of Medicine Research Day. The award is renewable for three additional years pending normal academic progress.

“Mary and I are aware of our leadership responsibilities, and we believe that endowing scholarships is a way for all faculty and staff to empower future generations to serve the noble mission of our school,” said  Joseph Shapiro.

The Shapiros came to Huntington in 2012 when  Shapiro was named as the fifth dean of the School of Medicine. Mary is a registered nurse and the daughter of a physician. The couple has two daughters—Anna, a third-year medical student at the University of Toledo, and Laura, a junior at The Ohio State University.

“Dr. Shapiro wanted to not only express his love for his wife, Mary, but also his commitment to reducing medical student debt through scholarships and supporting student research,” said Linda S. Holmes, director of development and alumni affairs for the School of Medicine. “He leads by action, and this scholarship serves as a great encouragement to others to join the cause.”

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Photo: A scholarship in honor of Mary Ryan Shapiro (pictured) was established by her husband, Joseph I. Shapiro, M.D., dean of the  Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.