Patricia D’Amore, Ph.D. '73
Patricia D’Amore received her Ph.D. in Biology from Boston University in 1977. She did a joint postdoctoral fellowship in Biological Chemistry and Ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins Medical School, and then joined the staff as Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology. In 1981, she moved to the Children’s Hospital in Boston as Assistant Professor where she is still a Research Associate in Surgery and a member of the Program in Vascular Biology.
Dr. D’Amore obtained an MBA from Northeastern University in 1987. In 1998, she became Professor of Ophthalmology (Pathology) at Harvard Medical School and a Senior Scientist at the Schepens Eye Research Institute. In 1999, she was awarded the Jules and Doris Stein Research to Prevent Blindness Professorship. In 2000, she became the Co-chair of the Angiogenesis, Invasion & Metastasis Program at the Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, and, in 2003, she became the Chair. She is a permanent member (2009-13) of NIH BDPE Study Section. She is an Associate Director of the Leder Human Biology Program. In 2004, she was elected to The Academy at Harvard Medical School. Dr. D’Amore is the founder of the Boston Angiogenesis Meeting, which celebrated its 10th annual meeting in 2008. In 2005, she was the recipient of The Excellence Award at Schepens Eye Research Institute, and in 2006, she received the A. Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award from Harvard Medical School and the Senior Scholar Award from the Research to Prevent Blindness.
She is currently the Co-Director of Research at Schepens, the Ankeny Scholar of Retinal Molecular Biology, and was recently appointed the Director of the Center of Excellence for Research in Macular Degeneration. Dr. D’Amore’s research focuses on understanding the mechanism of vascular growth and development and is particularly interested in the role of polypeptide growth factors such as VEGF and TGF-ß and in investigating the contribution of cell-cell interactions among the cells of the vasculature. More recently, she has directed her attention toward elucidating the pathogenesis of dry AMD/geographic atrophy, with an emphasis on the role of RPE as well as RPE-choriocapillaris interactions. She has published 175 peer-reviewed papers and reviews.
Susan E. Schumacher, APR, MS, MBA '81
Susan has been a public relations and marketing communications professional for nearly 30 years. She is currently Director of Marketing Communications and Services for ZOLL Medical Corporation. Before filling this role in October 2003, she was an independent public relations consultant specializing in medical technology products. Prior to that, she was a Vice President at Brodeur Worldwide, a global high technology public relations firm. During her three-and-a-half years there, she managed the agency’s Boston-based Health Technology team and was a senior counsel to clients in the medical equipment, device and diagnostics, information technology, biotech, and e-health industries. For the work done on behalf of ABIOMED in 2001, Susan and her team won a Gold Sabre award.
Before joining Brodeur, she was Senior Vice President of Marketing Communications at Lehman Millet Incorporated (LMI), then New England’s largest full-service medical agency. Susan was primarily responsible for LMI’s brand management, marketing communications and public relations.
Prior to LMI, Susan was a Vice President/Public Relations at Mullen Advertising and Public Relations, then New England’s largest independent full-service agency. She managed consumer, professional and healthcare accounts on a national and international basis.
Earlier in her career, Susan was involved in-house with public relations programs at Polaroid, Veryfine Products, the International Business Center of New England, and the Massachusetts Government Land Bank. She launched her career on the agency side at Welch Currier Curry Anderson, at the time a hot mid-size Boston advertising and public relations firm.
Susan’s degrees include a BA in Communication and French from Regis College; an MS in Communications Management from Simmons College; and an MBA from Suffolk University. Susan is accredited in public relations (APR) by the National Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) organization.
Susan has taught and lectured in undergraduate and graduate communication and public relations courses at Boston University, Emerson College, North Shore Community College, Regis College, Simmons College, and Suffolk University.
Susan is a past president of the Regis College Alumnae Board of Directors and a past director on the Boston Chapter Board of the PRSA. She chairs the Professional Advisory Board for the Regis College Master of Science in Organizational and Professional Communication, and is the Outside Professional Advisor to the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Salem State College Chapter.