Allow Me to Introduce Myself … and Our New CEO!

Hello! I am Lisa Marshall, vice president and chief philanthropy officer for Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. My name and face will be familiar to some of you, as I have worked in our office for six years with Norm Potter, my predecessor, who left the Medical Center to pursue other endeavors. For those I have not met, I look forward to doing so in the future.

I am fortunate to lead a stellar team of philanthropy professionals, and we are all committed to helping you achieve your goal of creating a positive impact on health and wellness. Whether through better care, innovative research, or excellent training and education, we are here to help you make a difference in a way that’s consistent with your vision.

I also am fortunate to have a great leader and partner in our work. If you have not met
our new chief executive officer, Julie Freischlag, MD, you have a wonderful surprise awaiting you.

Dr. Fresichlag began work at Wake Forest Baptist on May 1, succeeding John D. McConnell, MD, after his more than eight years of outstanding leadership of our Medical Center. She joined us from the University of California, Davis, where she was vice chancellor for human health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine.

She arrived with an impressive track record for blazing trails. She was among the first women in the country to practice vascular surgery, to chair a department of surgery and to serve as a dean of a medical school.

Since arriving, she also has taken on duties as interim dean of our School of Medicine, following the June 30 departure of former Dean Edward Abraham, MD, who was named dean and chief academic officer of the University of Miami’s School of Medicine.

If that sounds like a lot of work, it is, but judging from her energy and enthusiasm, she is more than up to the task. She’s fully invested in our direction as an institution, and she has a distinct vision for how the clinical, research and educational parts of our mission work together.

Her mindset is inclusive and forward-thinking, and her enthusiasm extends to the community. She understands the value that input from the community can make, and she is genuine in her desire to build partnerships that work, including in philanthropy. In my time working with her, she has presented herself as a partner in the work that’s needed and ask, “What do you need from me?”

It should not be surprising that Wake Forest Baptist attracted such an impressive leader, considering the incredible work that’s already being accomplished here. Some of that work, in geriatrics and gerontology and research in Alzheimer’s disease and age-related cognitive disorders, is highlighted in this issue of Engage.

When you get a chance to meet her, I know you will share in our excitement about Dr. Freischlag’s leadership and the great potential for making extraordinary strides at Wake Forest Baptist.

Lisa M. Marshall
Chief Philanthropy Officer
Vice President, Philanthropy and Alumni Relations