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These stories of inspiration and generosity highlight the people and partners behind giving to Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Browse the stories below or search by name or topic to learn more. You can also visit Our Publications page to catch up on even more stories celebrating those who contribute to Feinberg.


Alumni Giving Supports First White Coat for New Medical Students

Medical students share their gratitude to just a few of the many generous alumni who gave them the gift of their first white coat.

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Institute for Global Health Showcases Northwestern’s Critical COVID Response at Home and Worldwide

On November 10, more than 300 supporters and friends joined the 13th Annual Institute for Global Health/Global Health Initiative (GHI) Event, presented virtually for the first time by Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Scheck & Siress Continues Support for Prosthetics and Orthotics Research

The Chicagoland prosthetics and orthotics practice, now part of national company Hanger Clinic, funds research in the Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center to help people who live with physical disability.

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Gates Foundation Funds Project to Develop Novel Female Contraceptives

Northwestern Medicine scientists received an $8 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to identify novel biological targets for non-hormonal contraceptives for women in developing countries.

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Northwestern Center Focuses on Lifting Health for All

The Center for Health Equity Transformation seeks to expose the root causes of health inequities through research, education, advocacy, and community engagement.

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Fox Foundation Awards Grant for Landmark Parkinson’s Study

The Michael J. Fox Foundation grant will help Northwestern Medicine scientists identify biomarkers of Parkinson’s disease progression for use in clinical trials for novel therapies.

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Northwestern Experts Share Insights on COVID-19 and Cancer

More than 100 people joined Northwestern experts virtually for a discussion on COVID-19 research and prevention efforts that may benefit patients with cancer and others at increased risk of complications.

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Mothers and Babies Program Expands Thanks to Perigee Fund

Northwestern can now provide increased training nationwide in the evidence-based intervention that prevents postpartum depression and its long-term effects on both mother and child.

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Planned Gifts Benefit Next-Generation Medical Students

David Margulies, ’61 MD, and his wife, Mary, have committed to supporting Feinberg through their estate plan.

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Senyei Gift Jumpstarts Critical COVID-19 Antibody Research

Northwestern University trustee and alumnus Andrew “Drew” Senyei, ’79 MD, and his wife, Noni, made a significant contribution to kick off Northwestern’s Screening for Coronavirus Antibodies in Neighborhoods study.

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Lauding the American Heart Association: An Exceptionally Committed Partner in Cardiovascular Health Research

Feinberg is proud to have some $22 million in active AHA awards now supporting the work of Northwestern physicians and scientists across 55 research projects.

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Lurie Cancer Center Goes Virtual to Celebrate Cancer Survivors

Not even a worldwide pandemic could prevent hope, love, and support from flourishing in the fight against cancer, as evident at the the 27th Annual Cancer Survivors’ Celebration Walk & 5K.

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Dr. John Bergan: Pioneering Vascular Surgeon’s Culture of Knowledge Lives On

The Division of Vascular Surgery recently celebrated the newly endowed John J. Bergan, MD Lectureship in honor of its founder and first chief.

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Supporting a Passion: Francis Estate Gift Enables PT Students to Pursue Global Health Experiences

Nora and Dean Francis made a generous estate gift to support physical therapist students with demonstrated financial need who want to pursue international clinical experiences.

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Gift Names Epigenetics Institute at Feinberg

A new $15 million gift from University trustees and supporters Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. Querrey will establish the Simpson Querrey Institute for Epigenetics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, boosting the school’s current efforts to study the effects of environment on the regulation of gene expression.

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Introducing the Joan and Paul Rubschlager Professorship

The new Joan and Paul Rubschlager Professorship has been bestowed to Robert G. Kalb, MD, director of the Les Turner ALS Center at Northwestern Medicine.

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Celebrating Our Nathan Smith Davis Society Members

Feinberg applauds members of our Nathan Smith Davis Society and their impact on the medical school.

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Special Thank You to Our Scholarship Supporters

Our students and medical school leaders send their gratitude to the generous alumni, faculty, and friends who support scholarships.

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Basketball Fundraiser Supports Alzheimer’s Disease Research

On March 13, the Schlotman family of Munster, Indiana, and staff from Munster High School presented a check for $11,000 to the Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease.

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Houk Lecture Honors Leader in Physiology, Introduces New Fellowship Fund

At seminar honoring James C. Houk, PhD, former chair of the Department of Physiology, leadership announced a generous bequest from Dr. Houk and his wife to establish a fellowship for graduate students studying neurophysiology.

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Why I Give: Q&A with a Scholarship Donor

An anonymous member of the medical school’s Class of 1960 explains why he supports scholarships and offers advice to fellow donors.

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Honoring a Visionary Scholarship Supporter, Alumna and Woman in Medicine

The medical school has established the Mary Ann Frable Dean's Scholarship for Women in Medicine in memory of Mary Ann Frable, ’59 MD, ’64 GME, and her leadership in supporting and promoting merit-based medical school scholarship funds at Northwestern.

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A Grateful Patient Thanks His Hematologist by Supporting Her Research

Richard Ryan is honoring hematologist Jane Winter, MD, with a generous gift that will fund a research nurse focused on clinical trials in the lymphoma program at Northwestern.

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Legendary Donors Support 3 New Areas at Northwestern

Northwestern University trustees Louis A. Simpson ’58 and Kimberly K. Querrey made new, high-impact gifts to fund worthy research initiatives focusing on neurological diseases, bioelectronics and training students from underprivileged backgrounds.

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Endowed Professors Honored at Annual Luncheon

On February 21, endowed professors on Feinberg’s faculty gathered for a luncheon that thanked and honored them for their contributions to healthcare, medical education, and scientific discovery.

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Celebrating and Supporting Our Les Turner ALS Foundation Partner

The Les Turner ALS Foundation's annual Hope Through Caring Gala on February 22 raised more than $900,000 to provide the best quality of care, local community support, and hope through scientific research to everyone affected by ALS, in partnership with the Les Turner ALS Center at Northwestern Medicine.

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Impact Story: Diversity in Medicine Scholarship Fund

By harnessing the power of ‘crowd funding,’ the Class of 2019 established the Diversity in Medicine Scholarship as a class gift to their alma mater. The scholarship will support incoming medical students who belong to at least one traditionally underrepresented minority group in the field of medicine and promote the diversity of identities and life experiences of medical students.

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Impact Story: Thrombosis Research and Education

Pulmonary embolisms (PEs) occur when blood clots —usually from the legs—travel upward in the body to the lungs where they block critical blood flow and oxygen. One of the most common cardiovascular diseases in the United States, this potentially life-threatening condition requires immediate medical attention from a variety of specialists. Dr. Daniel Schimmel, an interventional cardiologist, leads Northwestern Medicine’s Venous Thromboembolism Service.

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Impact Story: Immune Monitoring Core

The promise of immunotherapy—stimulating the body’s immune response to fight cancer—is the next frontier for the treatment of a growing number of cancers. An oncologist and skin cancer expert, Dr. Jeffrey Sosman contributed to the early clinical trials of novel immune-based therapies that made the first significant inroads in treating melanoma. Since arriving at Feinberg in 2016, Dr. Sosman has worked to strengthen Northwestern’s immunotherapy capabilities for melanoma and other cancers.

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Impact Story: Class of 1963 Scholarship

For the Class of 1963, creating a scholarship at the time of the group’s 50th reunion grew from a desire to leave a lasting legacy by supporting tomorrow’s promising physicians. The journey of Rebecca Xu, the current holder of the Class of 1963 Scholarship, is one that these loyal alumni and others who support scholarships can fully embrace as their own.

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Impact Story: Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease

When she was in graduate school, a research rotation at the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center at Feinberg solidified Dr. Emily Rogalski’s interest in aging and dementia research. She went on to earn her PhD in neuroscience from Northwestern and, in 2008, she joined Feinberg as a faculty member. Dr. Rogalski is a clinical and cognitive neuroscientist, and her research focuses on aging and dementia.

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Impact Story: Division of Nephrology

Early in her medical training, the puzzling case of a seemingly healthy young man’s failing kidneys charted a course for Dr. Sue Quaggin. Determined to better understand kidney disease, this renowned nephrology expert has spent her career advancing clinical care through groundbreaking kidney research. In 2013, Dr. Quaggin joined Northwestern, where she is creating a super-charged hub for kidney research.

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Impact Story: Institute for Global Health

Northwestern faculty and students have long been involved in supporting initiatives to enhance global health and promote health equity. In May, these growing international efforts were further elevated and unified with the launch of a new Feinberg Institute of Global Health.

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Northwestern Breast Cancer Experts Share Latest Insights on the Disease

Patients, survivors, caregivers, and supporters recently joined expert breast cancer clinicians and scientists at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine for a panel discussion about the latest breast cancer treatments, trends, and research.

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Gift to Dermatology Honors Women in Science and Medicine

Feinberg alumni Kavitha Gandhi, ’98 MD, ’99 GME, and Sanjay Gandhi, ’97 MD, ’01 ’04 GME, made a generous gift to fund a new Innovation Grant Program in the Department of Dermatology and to honor the achievements of extraordinary women working in science and medicine.

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Renée Israel Foundation Supports Northwestern’s Lurie Cancer Center

On November 6, the Renée Israel Foundation presented a check for $100,000 to support breast cancer research at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University.

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Northwestern to Develop Personalized Treatments for Neurological Disorders with New Gift

A new $10 million gift from Northwestern University trustees and supporters Louis A. Simpson ’58 and Kimberly K. Querrey will support a center now known as the Simpson Querrey Center for Neurogenetics.

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Still Doing ‘Brilliant Science,’ Jeremiah Stamler Turns 100

Considered the founding father of preventive cardiology, Jeremiah Stamler, MD, who celebrated his 100th birthday Oct. 27, is still conducting ‘brilliant science,’ according to his colleagues.

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A Gift Honors Husband’s Kind Spirit and Care for Others

When her husband passed away in February 2019, Marge asked that donations to honor his memory be made to Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine to support stroke research. Later, she donated another special gift.

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20th Annual Lecture Honors Former Chair of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

On October 16, Feinberg’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation welcomed Michelle Gittler, MD, ’92 GME, to deliver the 20th Annual Ben L. Boynton, MD Lecture.

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Twelve Years of Global Impact: Celebrating the New Institute for Global Health at Northwestern

On September 25, more than 300 people came together to support Northwestern’s commitment to improving health worldwide during the 12th Annual Global Health Initiative (GHI) Benefit Dinner.

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Discover Feinberg: Northwestern Breakthroughs Leading the Way to Healthier Aging

During a recent Discover Feinberg lecture, three distinguished scientists from the medical school presented their research on a topic that truly affects everyone.

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Bequest Gives Future Students a Chance in Medicine

Alumnus makes planned gift to support medical student scholarships.

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$10 Million Endowment Goal Will Create Arrhythmia Research Center

A $10 million endowment goal will create an Arrhythmia Research Center at Feinberg and enable physician-scientists to improve the way cardiologists diagnose and treat patients with heart rhythm disorders.

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Lefkofsky Family Foundation Empowers Cancer Researchers to Take Risks

Eric Lefkofsky, chairman and co-founder of Groupon, and his wife, Liz, made a new gift to ensure that Lurie Cancer Center investigators have resources to conduct promising pilot studies.

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Simpson Querrey Biomedical Research Center Opens Its Doors

On June 17, Northwestern University leadership, trustees, faculty and benefactors joined former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker and local politicians to officially unveil the Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. Querrey Biomedical Research Center.

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Chung Family Honors Their Patriarch’s Legacy Through Neurosurgery Lectureship

Faculty and trainees in Northwestern’s Department of Neurological Surgery gathered for the inaugural Byong Uk Chung, MD Global Neurosurgical Lectureship in Neurosurgery, a unique learning opportunity made possible by generosity from the Chung family to commemorate their patriarch

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H Foundation’s Goombay Bash Hits Record Fundraising for Basic Cancer Research

On July 27, more than 1,000 friends and supporters of The H Foundation came together at Chicago’s Navy Pier to support breakthrough cancer research at its annual Goombay Bash.

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BrainUp Supports Essential Glioblastoma Research at Feinberg

On June 24, Meg and Dan Kresach, founders of BrainUp, presented Northwestern with a $170,000 grant to support novel research on immunotherapy for glioblastoma patients at Northwestern.

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The Investiture of Dr. Robert J. Vassar as the Davee Professor of Alzheimer Research

On June 18, Robert J. Vassar, PhD, was formally invested as the Davee Professor of Alzheimer Research at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Introducing a New Home for the Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease

Donors joined Northwestern Medicine leadership and experts in neurodegenerative disease to celebrate new state-of-the-art space for the Mesulam Center.

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Annual Minds Matter Benefit Supports Malnati Brain Tumor Institute

On May 17, 350 friends and supporters gathered for the annual Minds Matter Benefit Dinner to raise funds for the Lou and Jean Malnati Brain Tumor Institute.

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The Investiture of Dr. Kurt Q. Lu as the Eugene and Gloria Bauer Professor of Dermatology

Kurt Q. Lu, MD, was formally invested as the Eugene and Gloria Bauer Professor of Dermatology at Feinberg on April 29 at a ceremony at the Peninsula Chicago.

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Nathan Smith Davis Society Members Celebrated at Yearly Reception

Members of the Nathan Smith Davis Society—a group of over 2,000 medical alumni, faculty, friends, and staff members—braved April snow for a reception celebrating their commitment to the medical school.

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Northwestern Physician-Scientists Share Advancements in Precision Medicine

During the inaugural Discover Feinberg lecture, three world-class investigators from the medical school discussed the incredible potential of precision medicine to improve the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

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Scholarship Supporters Honored at Annual Luncheon

Medical student scholars and leadership at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine expressed their gratitude to generous alumni, faculty, and friends who support scholarships at the annual Commitment to Scholarships Luncheon.

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Long-time Faculty Members Leave More Than $9 Million to Northwestern

Gifts from David Cugell, MD, and Christina Enroth-Cugell, MD, PhD, will support research in lung disease, visual neurosciences, and biomedical engineering.

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The Investiture of Dr. Leena Sharma as the Chang-Lee Professor

On April 17, Leena Sharma, MD, was invested as the Chang-Lee Professor of Preventive Rheumatology at Feinberg during a formal ceremony at The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago.

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The Investiture of Dr. Sanjiv Shah as the Stone Professor

On August 21, Sanjiv J. Shah, MD, was formally invested as the Neil J. Stone, MD Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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The Investiture of Dr. Robert Kalb as the Les Turner Professor

On August 23, Robert Kalb, MD, was formally invested as the Les Turner Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Northwestern Orthopaedic Leader Honored by Trainees, Patients, and Friends

The Michael F. Schafer, MD, Fund, created to honor alumnus Dr. Schafer and recognize his innumerable contributions as chair of Orthopaedic Surgery for more than 30 years, surpassed its endowment goal of $500,000 thanks to the generosity and participation of current and former trainees, patients, and friends of the department.

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The Investiture of Dr. Rod S. Passman as the Jules J. Reingold Professor of Electrophysiology

On March 21, Rod S. Passman, MD, MSCE, was formally invested as the Jules J. Reingold Professor of Electrophysiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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The Investiture of Dr. C. David James as the Jean Malnati Miller Professor

On July 25, C. David James, PhD, was formally invested as the Jean Malnati Miller Professor of Brain Tumor Research at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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The Investiture of Drs. Jayesh Mehta and Seema Singhal as the Chez Family Professors

On June 21, Jayesh Mehta, MD, and Seema Singhal, MD, were invested as the Chez Family Professors of Myeloma Research during a formal ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago.

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A Grateful Patient Honors His Doctor By Supporting the Global Health Initiative

Civic leader and philanthropist William Jentes and his family—wife Janet and daughter Justine—recently honored their long-time primary care physician, Byron Starr, MD, ’75 GMER, with a generous $500,000 gift.

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The Investiture of Dr. Roger Stupp as the Paul C. Bucy Professor of Neurological Surgery

On December 4, Roger Stupp, MD, was formally invested as the Paul C. Bucy Professor of Neurological Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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