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Gifts Guide School of Medicine into the Future

Gifts to Emory School of Medicine benefit many, including the sick children who are treated by members of the Marcus Society, a group of 15 professors in pediatrics funded through $5 million from the Marcus Foundation. The concentration of knowledge and research marks the greatest mass of distinguished academic positions funded by a single donor in any one area at Emory, and it points to the significant difference made through gifts of $82 million to pediatrics at Emory School of Medicine through Campaign Emory.

The campaign raised $593.2 million, well beyond the school’s goal of $500 million. That momentum carries into 2013 as Emory transplant surgeon Christian Larsen becomes the new dean.

“Donor gifts to Campaign Emory support the School of Medicine’s shared vision, talent, and energy, and the Marcus Foundation’s partnership is significant because of its targeted focus on our youngest patients,” Larsen says. “Through the vibrant, life-giving philanthropy of this campaign, there are many more successes and milestones to come in prevention and treatment of illness and disease in all age groups.”

Private gifts support patient care, teaching, and research at the School of Medicine. Going forward, funding priorities include endowment funds, discretionary spending, and expansion of student support.

One spin-off effect of Campaign Emory’s success is the School of Medicine's ability to attract more talent and resources.

"Marcus Society professorships already have helped us recruit outstanding faculty leaders—a trajectory that will continue thanks to this wonderful commitment from Bernie Marcus,” says Barbara J. Stoll, chair of the Department of Pediatrics and president and CEO of the Emory-Children's Center. “We envision the Marcus Society as the heart of the department with an identity associated with excellence, results, innovation and outcomes."  


Philanthropist Bernie Marcus says he hopes this gift is “a game changer for pediatrics in Georgia, bringing together enterprising minds to tackle complex medical issues affecting our children.” Families across the state will benefit because physicians from Emory’s Department of Pediatrics provide care for children at the three hospitals of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Grady Health System, and Emory University Hospital Midtown.

The campaign includes other transformative gifts from families who value patient care and incisive research. In keeping with their consistent support of Alzheimer’s research, Sarah and Jim Kennedy and their family foundations are investing $5 million for innovative research projects to address Alzheimer’s disease. The Jim Cox Jr. Foundation, which also supports the neurosciences at Emory, has endowed the Betty Gage Holland Chair in Neurology, and the first holder is the director of Emory’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Allan Levey.

“Philanthropy is crucial to get promising but unproven treatments into trials and to attract federal funding,” Levey says. “We are grateful to the Kennedys and the Jim Cox Jr. Foundation for their foresight and generosity.”

Philanthropist Margaretta “Retta” Taylor also made a $5 million gift, in support of excellence in primary care and medical education. Her gift supports the Margaretta Taylor Clinician Fund in Primary Care, and the first Taylor Clinician is Sally A. West, a senior associate in general internal medicine at the Emory Clinic, for her work as a provider of high-quality, compassionate patient care. The Taylor gift also named the lobby of the James B. Williams Medical Education Building, as well as funding student scholarships, recruitment of clinicians, and retention packages for outstanding faculty, among other strategic priorities.

The majority of $4 million from Jean and Paul Amos funds innovative research and clinical trials, recruits scientists, and trains fellows at the Jean and Paul Amos Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Research Program. The couple also established the Jeffrey R. Pine Professorship in Pulmonary Medicine, held by David M. Guidot. Pine is a longtime personal physician to the Amos family and a leader in pulmonary function, respiratory therapy, and critical care medicine.

“Thanks to generous and forward-thinking donors, Emory’s Parkinson’s team has and will continue to change life dramatically for many of these patients,” says Stewart Factor, the program’s clinical director and the Vance Lanier Endowed Chair in Neurology.

Similarly, the new A. Worley Brown Chair in Neurology, held by Thomas Wichmann, is a response to patient care for Parkinson’s. Brown, the former CEO of Rock-Tenn Corporation, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1988 and passed away in 1997. His wife, Mary Louise “Lou” Brown Jewell, is supporting an endowment program for research, service, and education focusing on Parkinson’s and other movement disorders.

Ada Lee Correll, who chaired Campaign Emory for the School of Medicine, and her husband, Pete Correll, are giving $2.5 million to set up four professorships named in their honor. The Ada Lee Correll Teaching Professor is J. William Eley, the Pete and Ada Lee Correll Professor and Chair in Emergency Medicine is Kate Heilpern, the Ada Lee and Pete Correll Professor in Biomedical Engineering is Hanjoong Jo, and the most recent Pete and Ada Lee Correll Professor of Urology was Fray Marshall. The Corrells also established a Scholars Fund to defray costs for medical students.

John and Mary Brock are giving $1 million for two initiatives. They are helping Emory researchers and physicians bring discoveries from the lab to the clinic through the John and Mary Brock Diagnostic and Discovery Fund and also have created the Brock Family Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Program (CAMP) Fund, which supports the next generation of leaders in child and adolescent psychiatry. The Brocks also made a commitment to fund the Anise McDaniel Brock Chair and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Cancer Nanotechnology at Winship Cancer Institute. Their gift of $750,000 will be matched by the Georgia Research Alliance.

The R. Randall Rollins Chair in Oncology, held by H. Jean Khoury, is another campaign legacy, made possible by a gift of $2 million from the O. Wayne Rollins Foundation. Likewise, the J.B. Fuqua family created an endowment funding the Dorothy C. Fuqua Chair of Psychiatric Neuroimaging and Therapeutics, held by Helen S. Mayberg. The funding will help tap technical advances to understanding the genetic and environmental components of depression and how they affect the brain.

The Luther and Susie Harrison Foundation is establishing the R. Harold Harrison Endowed Chair in Orthopedics, held by Stephen D. Clements Jr. The Fray F. Marshall Chair in Urology represents a combined effort from more than 85 donors to memorialize the Department of Urology’s late chair and his commitment to research. “We have many new initiatives and plans that are possible because of the vision of Dr. Marshall, truly a giant not only in urology but in medicine,” says new department chair Martin Sanda. In a similar fashion, graduates of the Spine Fellowship Program are pitching in to create the Thomas E. Whitesides Jr., MD, Endowed Chair in Orthopaedic Spine Surgery. They are responding to a $1 million matching gift opportunity from an anonymous grateful patient.

Endowed professorships are more evidence of giving to Campaign Emory. The J. David and Beverly Allen Family Professorship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery honors the career and community service of J. David Allen 67C 70D 75DR, an Emory trustee. The Allen Professor is Sam Edward Farish.

Pediatrics at Emory benefits from donors in addition to the Marcus Foundation. Frank Critz and Ann Critz 81MR have established the Alfred W. Brann Jr. Chair in Pediatrics for Reproductive Health and Perinatal Care. Brann, professor of pediatrics and a pioneer in preconception care, mentored Ann Critz during her neonatology fellowship in the early 1980s. She is now an associate professor of pediatrics at Emory School of Medicine.

Dan Suskin 96MR and Leslie Leigh 94MR, partners in a private neonatology practice in Lawrenceville, Georgia, are giving $300,000 to support neonatology fellows. Stoll mentored both Suskin and Leigh. “The dignity and respect with which she always treated us left a very deep mark,” Suskin says.

Scholarships make a great difference for medical students, allowing them to pursue fields that they are passionate about by reducing the burden of debt. The late Garet Joseph Pilling formed the Dr. G. Keith Pilling Scholars Endowment, a merit- and need-based scholarship named for his son, Keith Pilling 88C 92M, who passed away in 2001. The first Pilling Scholar is David Liddle.

The Abraham J. and Phyllis Katz Foundation followed its early gifts to eye research and Emory chamber music with donations to a preventive cardiology fellowship, the PACE program for at-risk pediatric patients, Winship Cancer Institute, and other beneficiaries. Katz Foundation gifts total more than $4 million. Steve Johnson 78M 80MR honors his parents, Zollie and Tom Johnson 47M, through a new scholarship. Dan Dunaway 61M 62MR is supporting the Class of 1961 Medical Scholarship Fund he helped establish.

Peter Johnson 75MR, grateful for opportunities given to him at Emory, is creating scholarships for medical students. “Giving back to an institution like Emory helps the whole community by allowing individuals to reach their educational potential,” he says. The Ligon Foundation celebrates David Vega and Andy Smith through an internship at the Emory Autism Center, which targets a graduate or postdoctoral student committed to improving the lives of those with autism.

Scholarship recipients are giving back, too: Maggie Shuler 89C 96G 96M and Fred Shuler 93M 94MR 95MR, who received funding as medical students at Emory, are making gifts to the Adopt-a-Doc expendable scholarship program.

New spaces for academic medicine are another result of the campaign. Former faculty member Carter Smith Jr. 56C 60M and Laura Smith are helping fund the new James B. Williams Medical Education Building. Support from Willard Hackerman, president and CEO of Whiting-Turner Construction in Baltimore, Md., is creating a new wing for the American Cancer Society Atlanta Hope Lodge at Emory, which houses cancer patients and their caregivers free of charge. The Hackerman-Patz Wing is named for Hackerman's parents and those of his wife.

Donor gifts support programs and centers that target other medical issues and educational initiatives. Kenny Higgins and his Agape Love Foundation are giving $300,000 to Emory’s Center for Heart Failure Therapy. Action Cycling Atlanta, an all-volunteer organization, contributed more than $1 million for HIV vaccine research at the Emory Vaccine Center. The funding is raised through an annual event, the AIDS Vaccine 200, in which more than 200 bicycle riders collect pledges to support the center, which is one of the largest academic vaccine centers in the world.

Planned gifts also boosted the campaign. A bequest from the late John Stone 68MR, the cardiologist, poet, teacher, mentor, and former director of admissions, established the John Stone Teaching Fund for Emergency Medicine. A gift from the late Mary Jean Dover of Atlanta forms the Crohn’s Disease Research Fund.

Alex Cooley’s bequest benefits eye and heart research. Roland Alvarez and his wife are setting up a named professorship to support a leader in the area of teaching or research into anesthesiology. As the former executive associate dean for administration and faculty affairs, Claudia Adkison recognizes that need and aspires to support as many students as possible through a planned gift that establishes the Claudia Adkison Scholarship Fund.

Gifts also target individual physicians, professors, and researchers. Robert M. Powers 52C 53G 58PhD is supporting Larry Sperling in preventive cardiology, Tim Olsen in ophthalmology, Jim Roberson and John Xerogeanes in orthopaedics, and Kenneth Ogan in urology. The Ed Batchelder estate benefits the work of John D. Puskas, professor and associate chief in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery.

A gift from Syntermed, an Atlanta-based provider of nuclear imaging software, enables innovation that helps detect diseases in the earliest stages and will support preventive care through the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences.

These investments are creating a more vibrant future for the School of Medicine in training future physicians, performing life-changing research, and caring for the sick. Those missions mark the career of the school’s most recent leader, Thomas J. Lawley, who recently retired after 16 years as dean. To honor his service, alumni and friends are building endowments for two funds bearing his name: a scholarship for medical and allied health students and a professorship in the Department of Dermatology. His legacy as dean includes a fivefold rise in research funding; a new curriculum; a twofold increase in faculty; six new departments; more than 1 million square feet of new clinical, teaching, and research space; and a spirit of collegiality. A gift from Lawley and his wife, Chris Lawley, named the Lawley Fountain.

The Carlos and Marguerite Mason Trust awarded $1.1 million to the Emory Transplant Center to help low-income Georgians gain access to the best transplantation care. Of the total, $500,000 will go to the clinical program, and $600,000 will go to research.

Margaret Hirst-Davis established the Byron Davis Research Fund to support lymphoma research, and she is supporting the construction of the new Health Sciences Research Building and naming a conference room there, as well as supporting scholarships and the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology.

To give to the School of Medicine or learn more about philanthropy, contact Kathryn Carrico, senior associate vice president for development at the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center at kat.carrico@emory.edu or 404.727.2512.