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Meet Justin F. Klamerus ’99, M.D., M.M.M.

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Justin is Chief Quality Officer and EVP of Community-Based Programs at Karmanos Cancer Institute

Why did you choose The University of Olivet?

I spent a year looking at colleges and universities in the Midwest. After touring several large university campuses, I knew I wanted a small college that would maximize my chances of getting into medical school.

I decided to attend The University of Olivet after meeting doctors Leah Knapp and Maria Davis. From the moment I walked into their office, I knew The University of Olivet would nurture me and my dreams. I knew instantly they were special – educators committed to the learning of their students, but also, the fundamental commitment to “shape” students into their highest potential. Leah and Maria shaped my mind, they pushed me beyond simple knowledge acquisition to mentoring the critical appraisal skills, values and ideals that would not only shape my career, but most importantly, shape my life.

How does your The University of Olivet education serve you today?

After completing four wonderful years at The University of Olivet, I achieved my initial goal of getting into medical school. What I didn’t know then, and am only beginning to understand as I grow older: getting into medical school has been the smallest determinant of my life’s work. My work as a cancer physician, clinical trialist, health disparities researcher, and now administrator is anchored in the lessons I began to learn in the classrooms at The University of Olivet. I couldn’t have made a better choice for my college.

Any words of advice for our prospective students?

Choice of college is among the most important decisions we make in life. Not because it will get you into medical school or law school; not because it will get you the teaching position or insurance executive position you desire. But rather, college is a foundation that exposes you to new ideas, new people, new opportunities and new hopes. Continuous expansion of ourselves, our world view, our sense of the possible is what makes us successful and happy.

I learned to love science at The University of Olivet.

Scientific progress has been essential to most of the advances in cancer care. Yet it is the tools of awareness, service, leadership, stewardship and compassion that are most important in my work today. These are all values and ideals that established roots in me at The University of Olivet.

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