At Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, our faculty is the single most important resource we have for advancing the medical school’s key missions of research, education, and clinical service. Our shared successes depend upon the intellectual environment created by a superb and committed faculty. For this reason, the creation of named and endowed professorships at the medical school is enormously important. These positions allow us to recruit and retain the best and brightest in their fields, allowing us to maintain the excellence and rigor for which Northwestern is known. We currently have over 120 endowed professors at Feinberg. Thanks to generous medical school supporters, that number continues to grow, aiding us in our endeavor to double Feinberg’s research enterprise and continue on our trajectory toward becoming a top academic medical center.
About Our Benefactors
Michael J. Marchese Professorship in Neurological Surgery
The Michael J. Marchese Professorship in Neurological Surgery was endowed by Margaret A. Marchese in memory of her late husband to the neurological surgeons at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine out of gratitude for the treatment of her daughter received by the department. The Marchese family have long been generous supporters of the Chicago community and Margaret Marchese was particularly committed to supporting medical research and she acutely understood the impact new knowledge has the treatment options made available to patients. The department remains grateful to the family for its generous support and foresight in creating an endowed professorship.
Reza and Georgianna Khatib Professorship of Neurological Surgery
The Reza and Georgianna Khatib Professorship of Neurological Surgery was named by Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in honor of Dr. Reza Khatib and his wife, Georgianna, for their ongoing support of the neurosciences. Dr. Khatib is a retired neurosurgeon from New York City who has provided widespread philanthropic funding over the past three decades to advance the field of neurosurgical oncology. Dr. and Mrs. Khatib have provided scholarship and research support for hundreds of college students, medical students, and neurosurgical trainees interested in pursuing a career in neurosurgical oncology. In 2007, they established the Reza and Georgianna Endowed Chair in the field of skull base tumor surgery at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.
Lavin/Fates Professorship in Neurological Surgery
The Lavin/Fates Professorship in Neurological Surgery was created by the Lavin and Bernick families in honor of Bob Fates, a grateful patient of Dr. Chandler. Under the leadership of these two families, the Alberto Culver Company has become the classic American success story as it has grown from a single product line to become a global industry leader. Along with their success, these families have established a tradition of philanthropy both for themselves and the company with their generous support of individuals and institutions that search for new and innovative ways to make our community a better place.
Maciej S. Lesniak, MD
Chair, Department of Neurological Surgery
Michael J. Marchese Chair in Neurosurgery
Orin Bloch, MD
Khatib Professor of Neurological Surgery
James P Chandler, MD
Co-Director, Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute
Lavin/Fates Professor of Neurological Surgery