Marcus Foundation Invests in Pediatrics

Nine newly funded Marcus Professors will join the previous six
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Emory’s work in pediatrics will benefit from a $5 million foundation gift.

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The Marcus Foundation has committed $5 million to the Department of Pediatrics in Emory School of Medicine. The gift, which continues a long philanthropic relationship between the foundation and the department, will create the Marcus Society in Pediatrics. The Marcus Society will comprise and be the “intellectual home” for fifteen Marcus Professors in Pediatrics—six existing Marcus Professors and nine who are newly funded.

The Marcus Society also will host an annual visiting scholar. The professorships represent the greatest concentration of these distinguished academic positions funded by a single donor in any one area at Emory.

The nine new Marcus Professors will specialize in rheumatology, general pediatrics and adolescent medicine, emergency medicine and faculty development, cystic fibrosis, neurology, immunology, cardiology, general academic pediatrics and hospital medicine, and hospital epidemiology and infection control. The six existing Marcus Professors specialize in pulmonology, infectious diseases, nephrology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, and neonatology.

“We hope the Marcus Society will be a game changer for pediatrics in Georgia by bringing together enterprising minds to tackle complex medical issues affecting our children,” says philanthropist Bernie Marcus, cofounder of The Home Depot and chair of the Marcus Foundation.

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