Academic Chair Honors Winship Researcher
Lynne and Howard Halpern have made a $2.5 million planned gift to Winship Cancer Institute to recognize one of the country’s most accomplished head and neck cancer researchers and support the development of new therapies for these challenging cancers.
The Lynne and Howard Halpern Chair in Head and Neck Cancer Research honors Fadlo R. Khuri and recognizes his role as deputy director of Winship and his leadership of the head and neck cancer program. Howard Halpern’s successful treatment for cancer at Winship inspired this generous commitment.
“Dr. Khuri and his team saved my life,” Halpern said about his beloved physician and friend. “Lynne and I can hardly express the depth of our gratitude for the extraordinary care we received at Winship. Our hope is that the gift of an endowed academic chair to support Dr. Khuri’s vital work will result in discoveries that save many more lives from head and neck cancers.”
Khuri is an internationally renowned expert in the prevention and treatment of head and neck and lung cancers. In addition to serving as Winship’s deputy director, he is a professor and chair of the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology in Emory School of Medicine and holds the Roberto C. Goizueta Distinguished Chair for Cancer Research.
Khuri’s research focuses on the development of molecular, prognostic, therapeutic, and chemopreventive approaches to improve the standard of care for patients with tobacco-related cancers. The Lynne and Howard Halpern Chair in Head and Neck Cancer Research will give him and his team greater ability to pursue their research goals.
An academic chair is the most prestigious of named academic positions. It recognizes extraordinary achievement and leadership and is invaluable for recruiting and retaining top faculty members and researchers. Endowment income from an academic chair contributes, in perpetuity, to the recipient’s compensation, scholarly work, and professional activities.