The fund will support scholarships for students of color
and others who have been historically underrepresented in medicine.
Beloved members of the UB community - Jonathan Daniels, MD ‘98, associate director of admissions, Office of Medical Admissions, and community physician and pediatrician and his two adult daughters Jensen Daniels, and Jordan Daniels, MBA ‘22 died in a house fire.
“Dr. Daniels was a treasured colleague, physician, mentor and friend, and his absence will leave an unfillable hole in our school community,” said Allison Brashear, MD, UB vice president for health sciences and dean of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Daniels was a 1998 graduate of the UB School of Medicine and has been a practicing pediatrician for twenty years. Prior to medical school, Dr. Daniels served in the United States Army Reserve 365th Evacuation Hospital as a combat medic and served during Operation Desert Storm.
“He was a tireless advocate for diversifying the physician workforce and has worked closely with the Associated Medical Schools of New York to expand the pool of scholars choosing careers in medicine and health care, by providing academic enrichment and support to students from educationally and/or economically underserved background" -Dr. Allison Brashear, UB vice president for health sciences and dean of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Jordan Daniels was a 2022 graduate of the UB School of Management. Janessa E. Givens Daniels, Senior Associate Director in the UB Office of Financial Aid, survived the fire was hospitalized and is recovering. Their daughter Jillian Daniels, who is a 2021 UB graduate in the College of Arts and Sciences also survived.
“As a university community, our collective hearts are broken with the devastating tragedy that claimed the life of beloved faculty member, Dr. Daniels and his two cherished daughters, one of whom is an alumna,” said UB President Satish K. Tripathi. “Our deepest sympathies and thoughts are with Janessa as we pray for her full recovery.”
The fund will support scholarships for students of color and others who have been historically underrepresented in medicine.
Gifts can also be made by calling toll free 1-855-GIVE-2-UB. Mailed donations should be directed to: University at Buffalo Foundation Inc., c/o Jonathan Daniels MD ‘98 and Family Memorial Fund, PO Box 730, Buffalo, NY 14226-0730.