The Union Fund: Sparking life-transforming experiences


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Becoming a Person of Confidence at Union College

Nadia Duvilaire

A few minutes with Nadia Duvilaire, M.D. ’90 is all it takes to know that her primary characteristics are kindness, intelligence, warmth and compassion, and that she still holds Union close to her heart.

A family practitioner based at Wood River Medical Services in Hope Valley, R.I., Nadia must be as dear to her patients as they are to her. “I really enjoy serving my patients, whether it’s a 45-year old who has gotten his blood pressure under control, a 75-year old who is walking better after a procedure or a teenager who has found her way after a bout with depression. I want all of my patients to experience improved health and to feel better about themselves.”

“While I was at Union, I had the opportunity to participate in a term abroad focused on socialized medicine. Led by Peter Tobiessen, who was chair of biology at the time, the experience allowed us as students to compare our healthcare system in the United States with those of England, Sweden and Hungary. The eight-week program really helped me understand health care delivery and became instrumental to how I have practiced over the years in the U.S.”

“I think the world of Union College in terms of my preparation for my career. I took some great classes and read textbooks that were also used during my first two years in medical school. And, aside from the academics at Union, I gained independence, the know-how for networking and a confidence that helped propel me forward in my career.”

“I hope all Union alumni will join me in making a gift to Union each year. It’s important that we pay forward all the help and opportunities we received because of Union.”

Learn more about Nadia Duvilaire '90.

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