July 9, 2001
$20M gift to fund lung transplant center
By Holly Korschun
Emorys extensive organ transplantation programs took a giant step
forward in June with the creation of the Andrew McKelvey Lung Transplantation
Center. The center is made possible through a gift from the founder and
CEO of TMP Worldwide, a leading provider of global recruitment solutions
(including the Internet career portal Monster.com) and the worlds
largest yellow pages advertising agency.
Andrew McKelveys $20 million gifthis largest charitable gift
to datealso funds the creation of the Augustus J. McKelvey Chair
in Lung Transplantation Medicine, in honor of his late father, a general
medical practitioner. The School of Medicines nomination for the
first recipient is Clinton Lawrence, professor of medicine and medical
director of lung transplantation. Lawrence also will direct the McKelvey
Lung Transplantation Center.
In addition, McKelveys gift creates a research fund to recruit
and support at least five new faculty in basic and clinical sciences related
to lung disease (including those possibly leading to lung transplantation
as therapy) and to improving the clinical outcomes of lung and other transplant
recipients. These faculty will be known as McKelvey Young Investigators.
The gift will enable Emory to bring to campus each year a distinguished
leader in transplantation or pulmonary medicine as the McKelvey Visiting
This is truly a visionary gift, said Michael Johns, executive
vice president for health affairs. Mr. McKelveys understanding
of the potential of the science now at hand, matched with his generosity,
will enable us to provide increased emphasis to one of the most challenging
transplant organs. His gift will fast-track some extraordinary research
now under way at Emory to help transplant patients develop immune tolerance
to their transplanted organs.
Emorys is the oldest, largest and most comprehensive transplantation
program in Georgia. The Universitys lung transplant program, the
only one in Georgia, has performed 71 transplants at Emory Hospital since
it performed the states first such procedure in 1993, with survival
rates comparable to the national one- and three-year survival rates of
72 percent and 61 percent, respectively.
Under the leadership of Emory Transplant Center Director Christian Larsen
and transplant surgeon Tom Pearson, Emory is becoming a leader in the
new field of immune tolerance research, an effort to help transplant recipients
accept donor organs without threat of rejectionand without the need
for daily immunosuppressant medicines.
We are delighted that Andy McKelvey, through his generosity and
vision, is providing the means for Emorys lung transplantation program
to fulfill its twin missions of improving the outcomes following lung
transplantation while offering novel medical therapies for complex lung
disorders, Lawrence said. I would be especially honored to
hold the Augustus J. McKel-vey Chair in Lung Transplantation Medicine
and look forward to teaming with Drs. Larsen and Pearson in applications
of immune tolerance research to lung transplantation.
School of Medicine Dean Thomas Lawley said the gift will up the
voltage of an already high-voltage Emory Transplant Center.
We anticipate great synergy between Dr. Lawrence, Dr. Larsen, Dr. Pearson and their colleaguesand the new McKelvey Young Investigators and the McKelvey Visiting Professor, Lawley said.