Tireless for Tufts
When Windsor Ting, M79, arrived in the United States with his family, he was just fourteen years old—a Chinese immigrant with no idea that a career in medicine was in his future. But doors of opportunity kept opening for him: an undergraduate stint volunteering at a free health clinic in lower Manhattan led to his first job out of college; a scholarship allowed him to pursue his studies at Tufts University School of Medicine; and a third-year rotation introduced him to the rigor and excitement of surgery.
Even more than thirty-five years later, Ting vividly recalls participating in his first operation with Dr. Tom O'Donnell, M67. "I remember it was a late operation, probably early evening," he said, "and I got really interested in surgery from watching him working on this hernia repair." The experience inspired Ting to become a surgeon himself—he now specializes in vascular surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, and is an associate professor at the Icahn School of Medicine—and left him with a desire to similarly inspire others.
"It's been such a wonderful career, and I want to make sure this opportunity is passed on to as many other people as possible," Ting said. That's why he volunteers as a leader of Brighter World: The Campaign for Tufts, informing fellow alumni about areas of need and good work being done at the medical school and encouraging them to get involved.
The impact of financial aid on his own life also inspired Ting to give back to Tufts. To honor the generosity of those who helped him attend medical school, he and his wife, Dr. Mary Louise Keohan, established the Windsor Ting, M.D., M79, and Mary Louise Keohan, M.D., Scholarship Fund in 2015 to provide scholarship support for medical students. Recent recipients include a member of the 2018 graduating class, who shares Ting's excitement about medicine. "The interactions with the patients have been the most joyful part of the experience," the student wrote in a letter thanking Ting.
As part of his volunteer efforts on behalf of Brighter World, Ting also chairs the medical school's campaign committee and is a member of the university's campaign cabinet. In those roles, he asks others to consider the impact their Tufts training had on their careers and how they can extend similar opportunities to future generations.
Given the demands of his day job, Ting finds volunteering relaxing. Hosting dinners at his home and chatting with other medical professionals in the New York City area is "absolutely a pleasure," he said. And if it helps open doors of opportunity for the future Windsor Tings of the school, that's a welcome bonus.