On November 3, nearly 60 members of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine faculty joined vice president for Medical Affairs and Lewis Landsberg Dean Eric G. Neilson, MD, for a spirited and collegial gathering where they were recognized for their generosity to the medical school and their membership in the prestigious Nathan Smith Davis Society. The Nathan Smith Davis Society at Feinberg honors individuals who support the medical school through generous philanthropy and volunteerism.
“The Nathan Smith Davis Society has a powerful influence, reminding us what we do here at Northwestern,” said Dr. Neilson. “We are cultivating a culture of connectivity and giving back. Participation should be a part of who we all are at Northwestern.”
The reception at GreenRiver also celebrated progress made thus far in the medical school’s Faculty Giving Campaign. Within We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern Medicine, faculty members play an essential role, providing both professional and philanthropic dedication to the success of Northwestern. To date, nearly 600 Feinberg faculty members have participated in the Faculty Giving Campaign and have made more than $2 million in total contributions in support of the medical school.
As a part of the evening’s festivities, 11 faculty members were lauded as joining a list of more than 100 current and emeriti faculty who are members of the Lifetime Giving Society of the Nathan Smith Davis Society. These individuals have given a cumulative total of at least $35,000 to the medical school in their lifetimes. In recognition of this steadfast generosity, these Lifetime Giving Society faculty members have nameplates that are displayed on the desks in the Hughes Auditorium within the Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Building.
A Culture of Professionalism and Philanthropy
Neil Stone, ’68 MD, ’74 GME, ’75 GME, who serves as the Robert Bonow, MD, Professor of Medicine at Feinberg, is an active advocate for the Faculty Campaign and also shared remarks during the evening’s reception. Dr. Stone attended Northwestern as an undergraduate and medical student as a part of the second group of students in the Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME). After training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the National Institutes of Health, he returned to Northwestern to be chief medical resident and cardiology fellow. He then joined the faculty and has been an active member for more than 40 years.
“I support the medical school and the Faculty Campaign because Northwestern matters to me,” he said. “Northwestern Medicine is a group I love being a part of. We share enthusiasm and professionalism, as well as an aspiration to make Northwestern even better than it is now.”
“Dr. Stone is an excellent contributor who not only cares for patients and educates students, but focuses on the long-term philanthropic goals of the medical school,” said Dr. Neilson.
Drs. Neilson and Stone added momentum to the program by asking all faculty in attendance to share their ideas and advice on how to increase participation in the Faculty Campaign and importantly engage faculty in the life of the school more overall. They encouraged faculty members to share their stories and to help encourage others to make the same commitment.
Peter J. McMenamin, PT, assistant professor of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences, shared his thoughts: “We need to create a culture of ‘giving back’ early in one’s career, no matter the size of the gift. Once established, that habit will grow together with advancing career success.”
“Our faculty members are the heart of our medical school, and are a tremendous asset to our students, trainees, their colleagues, and patients,” said Dr. Neilson. "I know that we will fulfill the aspirations of this campaign with our faculty’s full support and participation. I am so grateful to the faculty members who have joined us thus far in this effort or are considering it.”