From Tears to Triumph...Grad Pursues Goals Honoring Friend

February 12, 2015

For Cynthia Kenmuir ’02, the path to success first began with a screech of tires, a frantic rush to the hospital and tears…so many tears.

When I was in high school, one of my best friends was involved in a terrible automobile accident that severed her spinal cord. It left her paralyzed from the waist down I took the news very hard," she recalled. "It was at that time I developed a true interest in medicine.”

Today Kenmuir, M.D., Ph.D., is chief neurology resident at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. This week she presented key research at the International Stroke Conference (Nashville) that centered on using stem cell therapy to improve cognitive function in patients who haven’t recovered months or years after a clot-caused stroke.

The Lisbon, Ohio, native, who was valedictorian at her high school, said she looked at several colleges and universities nationwide before deciding on Baldwin Wallace. She picked BW because of its strong neuroscience program and amazing hands-on learning opportunities.

Today, her BW experience is being carried forward in her career. "I am so excited to have fulfilled my passion," she noted.