We are excited to announce the winner of the 2019 L. Thomas Wolff, M.D. Scholarship, Sherice Simpson. Sherice is a second-year medical student at the University of Buffalo’s Jacob’s School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Originally from Baldwinsville, Sherice has a bachelor’s degree in Public Health from the University of Rochester, a master’s degree from Drexel University, and many hours of clinical research. Sherice hopes to practice pediatric fetal surgery in the central New York region and would like to one day open a center for fetal surgery in the future.

Sherice is currently the Vice President of the Student National Medical Association, has given back to her community as a Planning Committee member and volunteer for the Abundant Life Christian Center REACH Mission, as well a baby cuddler at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children NICU. She has also spent time giving back to communities outside New York State during her UB Global Health Medical Mission trip to Peru.

This scholarship is a competitive annual award for an individual that has successfully completed one or more CNYAHEC programs and have been accepted to and entering in a medical or health professions program in the next semester cycle. CNYAHEC is a non-profit dedicated to improving the supply, training, development, and distribution of the health workforce throughout central New York.

CNYAHEC established the L. Thomas Wolff, M.D. Scholarship to honor Dr. Wolff’s dedication and tireless commitment to educating and supporting students, and practitioners in medicine and health professions in central New York. Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Wolff has been an active presence at local, state and national levels serving on and chairing numerous professional organizations and boards. Dr. Wolff was a co-founder of the New York State Area Health Education Center System (AHEC) and Associate Director of such from 1998 until 2005. Dr. Wolff is a Distinguished Teaching Professor of the College of Health Professions Physician Assistant Studies at SUNY Upstate Medical University.