Molly Bliss ’86 to Speak at Commencement 2022

Moses Brown School is pleased to announce that Dr. Molly Bliss ’86 will be our 2022 Commencement speaker on June 9. “It is such an honor to be speaking at Moses Brown,” says Molly, a recipient of the MBAA’s Outstanding Young Alumnus Award (2006).

Molly is perhaps best known to many at MB for leading and being the supervising physician for the school’s annual healthcare service trip to the Dominican Republic. The trip ran 14 years, until interrupted by COVID, and has brought close to 170 Moses Brown students to the DR.

Volunteering as a health care worker at El Buen Samaritano Hospital since 1996, Molly started the Moses Brown Dominican Republic Medical Mission Trip in 2004 while doing her Emergency Medicine residency at Rhode Island Hospital and says it is one of her proudest achievements.

Molly’s siblings all graduated from MB as well (Tim ’88, Jake ’93, Anna ’94, and Ned ’98) and she recruited different family members over the years to help run the trip, including her late brother Jake Bliss ’93, an Orthopedic Surgeon. The Bliss family and friends started the Jake Bliss ’93 Memorial Award for Adventurous Service which continues to make participation on the trip possible for at least two students each year.

Molly first went to the Dominican Republic prior to starting medical school in order to volunteer and work with the Haitian community that had just started building the Buen Samaritano Hospital. Her Quaker family influenced strong feelings about service, feelings that often were translated into action. But this trip would prove to be a turning point in her life, as Molly made deep connections with the people and their mission to bring health care to the most underserved population in the country. What started as a gap year project became a lifelong passion.

Each year, MB students raise funds for supplies needed at the hospital in the Dominican Republic and to help fund procedures patients need, collecting basic medical supplies which they bring to improve the medical care available to the area’s undocumented Haitian sugarcane workers.

For many students, the trip is a life-changing experience.

Molly also enjoyed a career as an Advanced level rider for the United States Equestrian Team before her career in medicine and competed in the 1990 World Equestrian Games, the only woman on the U.S. team and the youngest at the competition. She was recently inducted into the United States Equestrian Team’s Trophy Room, featuring top equestrians over the years. She also has worked as a therapeutic riding instructor and developed/coordinated the Hasbro-Greenlock Riding Program, offering therapeutic riding to outpatients from Hasbro Children’s Hospital. After her residency work in Providence, Molly worked as an emergency medicine physician at hospitals in New Jersey. She is presently a telemedicine physician for the American Well Online Care Group.

“Moses Brown prepared me for college and beyond,” Molly says. “Being a member of this community is so important to me and to my family. The MB students I’ve met over the years have only reinforced my belief in the strength of our community. I’m very excited and truly honored by the invitation to speak.”

MB’s Commencement takes place on Thursday, June 9.