Thomas Hedges III, M75 and Gail Hedges

“We love Tufts University and we strongly believe in giving to the medical school”

Thomas Hedges III, M.D., M75, the new president of the Tufts Medical Alumni Association, is on a mission to raise awareness about the school’s rich history. “One of the things that makes me so proud to be an alumnus as well as a staff member here is the history of this institution, going back to the founding of the Boston Dispensary, the first civilian health-care facility in New England,” he says.

Tom himself has had a long history at TUSM. He started at Tufts as a transfer student in 1973 and is now the director of the Neuro-Ophthalmology Service at Tufts Medical Center. In addition to seeing patients and conducting research on optic nerve disease, he has taught there for more than 30 years. Students remember him as “the duck hunter guy” for his class on eye movements.

As passionate as he is about TUSM’s past, he’s also planning for its future. Tom and his wife, Gail, have established a gift for the school in their estate plans. The gift honors his upcoming 40th reunion and Tom encourages his classmates to consider including Tufts in their own wills.