On October 19, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine leadership gathered alongside the colleagues and friends of Charles W. Hogue Jr., MD, to celebrate his formal investiture as the James E. Eckenhoff Professor of Anesthesiology. Dr. Hogue, who joined Feinberg in July 2016, serves as chair of the Department of Anesthesiology.
The Eckenhoff Professorship was established in honor of Dr. James Edward Eckenhoff, who was the first chair of Anesthesiology at Northwestern, as well as dean of the medical school from 1970 to 1983. Throughout his renowned career, Dr. Eckenhoff made considerable contributions to the field of anesthesiology, as well as to medicine in general.
Two of Dr. Eckenhoff’s sons attended the celebratory event in honor of Dr. Hogue and their father. Roderic G. Eckenhoff, MD, who serves as the Austin Lamont Professor of Anesthesia at Penn Medicine, was joined by his wife, Dr. Maryellen Eckenhoff, who is a research associate in anesthesiology and critical care, also at Penn. Walter Eckenhoff is co-founder of Eckenhoff Saunders Architects, Inc.
“At Feinberg, our faculty are the single most important resource for advancing the medical school’s key missions of research, education, and clinical service,” said Eric G. Neilson, MD, vice president for medical affairs and Lewis Landsberg Dean. “Our shared successes depend upon the intellectual environment created by this superb and committed faculty, which is why the creation of named and endowed professorships at the medical school is so enormously important.”
A Tremendous Career
In his remarks, Patrick M. McCarthy, MD, who served as Dr. Hogue’s extoller, described Dr. Hogue’s career thus far as “meteoric.”
“I could tell from our very first phone conversation that Dr. Hogue loves to teach and wants to serve as a mentor to students and colleagues,” said Dr. McCarthy. “We have recruited a new colleague, partner, and friend, and we are very grateful that he has joined the Northwestern family. He was our number one choice by a mile.” Dr. McCarthy is the Heller-Sacks Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery, the executive director of the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, and chief of the Division of Cardiac Surgery.
After receiving his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Dr. Hogue went on to complete an internal medicine internship at the Jewish Hospital of St. Louis and Washington University School of Medicine, and an anesthesiology residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. After completing his clinical fellowship at Harvard and his research fellowship at the Shriners Burn Institute, Dr. Hogue went on to serve on the Washington University faculty, and then Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Dr. Hogue’s research focuses on methods to reduce the risk of neurological injury from cardiac surgery, with a particular emphasis on brain and kidney injury. Throughout his career, he has made it his goal to improve outcomes for patients.
Dr. Hogue emphasized that 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Eckenhoff’s arrival at Northwestern. “In 1966, the field of anesthesiology in Chicago was about 10–15 years behind the east coast,” said Dr. Hogue. “Dr. Eckenhoff changed that—he had a huge impact on anesthesiology in Chicago. In addition to upholding Feinberg’s tripartite mission of care, education, and the advancement of knowledge, I vow to uphold the legacy of James Eckenhoff.”