On June 22, Amani A. Fawzi, MD, was formally invested as the Cyrus Tang and Lee Jampol Professor of Ophthalmology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. The Cyrus Tang and Lee Jampol Professorship was established by the Cyrus Chung Ying Tang Foundation to recognize and honor the contributions of longtime Feinberg faculty member Lee M. Jampol, MD, who is a renowned investigator and expert in diseases of the retina and age-related macular degeneration.
Michael Tang, who is the son of entrepreneur and philanthropist Cyrus Tang whose Foundation created the professorship, attended the event to share remarks on behalf of his father.
“My father’s world was shrinking because of macular degeneration, and Dr. Jampol provided him with great care and comfort. Dr. Jampol, you have a very grateful patient,” said Mr. Tang, who is vice chair of Tang Industries and chief executive officer of National Material L.P.
“This professorship is a great tribute to the powerful relationship between Cyrus Tang and Lee Jampol,” said Nicholas J. Volpe, MD, chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and the evening’s emcee. “That relationship inspired Mr. Tang to make this gift, which will do truly great things to support future generations. We are incredibly grateful.” Dr. Volpe also is the George S. and Edwina Tarry Professor of Ophthalmology.
A Career on the Rise
“Amani Fawzi is a brilliant and superb clinician-scientist, a skilled and committed teacher, and so much more,” said Bradley R. Straatsma, MD, JD, director emeritus of the Jules Stein Eye Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, who served as Dr. Fawzi’s extoller. “Her innovative thinking and originality bode well for this professorship, the department, and the entire University.”
A vitreoretinal surgeon and clinician-scientist, Dr. Fawzi joined Feinberg in 2012. She leads an active National Institutes of Health-funded translational research laboratory that currently focuses on identifying therapeutic targets for retinal fibrosis in animal models of ischemic retinopathies. Dr. Fawzi also runs a unique and comprehensive advanced imaging center that serves as a clinical hub for collaborative studies, including projects with clinicians in neurology, cognitive neurosciences, and biomedical engineering.
“Mr. Tang is an accomplished businessman and philanthropist, and Dr. Jampol is a skilled and compassionate ophthalmologist. I am the innocent bystander in this amazing doctor-patient relationship that carries an impressive legacy,” said Dr. Fawzi. “I pledge to open doors for and inspire my students, and I will continue to strive to help my patients, just like Dr. Jampol helped Mr. Tang.”
“It sounds like you’re going to do great things, Dr. Fawzi,” said Mr. Tang. “We look forward to witnessing your accomplishments.”