HST Alumnus Supports His Former ‘Home’

Financial Aid and Education

Dana and James Tananbaum with their children, Alexandra and Charles

When he was a student in the Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology (HST), James Tananbaum, MD ’89, MBA ’91, received a stipend that allowed him to pursue his dreams without the stress of working to make ends meet. Those dreams involved conducting research across Harvard and MIT and exploring how people across those campuses commercialized technology.

“Now I want to provide for others the gift that I received,” says Tananbaum, who, along with his wife, Dana, recently gave $1 million to HMS to provide at least four endowed scholarships supporting MD students in the HST program. The couple’s preference is that at least one beneficiary each year is a student seeking a joint MD/MBA degree, the path Tananbaum pursued at Harvard.

“HST was a home and a family. They let me take risks and try things, and I felt supported and the faculty cared,” says Tananbaum, fondly recalling his interactions with advisers. “Business and medicine wasn’t really appreciated at the time, so I wanted to make it easier for similar students to pursue both degrees together.”

They let me take risks and try things, and I felt supported and the faculty cared.
James Tananbaum