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Dean’s Club Symposium to honor life of George Isaac, award Mundt endowed professorship

The Dean’s Club Symposium of the UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences will celebrate the life of George Isaac who was a generous supporter of medical education in the community.

The event will be 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16 in the George Isaac Minimally Invasive Surgery Center.

“We lost a true champion of the University’s mission earlier this year when George Isaac died,” said Dr. Christopher Cooper, senior vice president for clinical affairs and dean of the UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences. “During his 91 years on this earth, George was a generous and involved community leader.”

George Isaac and his son, Zac, posed for a photo in 2006 when the George Isaac Minimally Invasive Surgery Center was dedicated at UT Medical Center.

In a show of support for the 2006 merger between UT and the former Medical College of Ohio, Isaac donated $1 million for the new George Isaac Minimally Invasive Surgery Center. A previous $1 million donation supported the Isaac Chair in Cancer Research, the George Isaac Scholarship in Occupational Therapy and the Isaac Presidential Scholarship.

His dedication to medical education in our community also included serving on the MCO Board of Trustees from 1987 to 1996, serving as chair from 1991 to 1996. Isaac also was a past member of the MUO Foundation Board of Trustees.

The Dean’s Club Symposium event also will award the Adela and Alfred Mundt Endowed Professorship in Transplantation Cardiology to Dr. Samer Khouri, professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Dr. Khouri’s area of expertise is the diagnosis of diastolic heart failure and pulmonary hypertension, and the interaction between the kidney and the heart.

The Mundt family are longtime supporters of the University with the 2008 creation of the Mundt Cardiology Endowment Fund.

Other endowed faculty positions created by philanthropy to be recognized at the symposium are:

•  Clair Martig Endowed Chair in Neurology
•  Edmund Vickroy Collins Endowed Professorship in the Department of Pediatrics
•  Frank D. Stranahan Endowed Chair for Oncological Research
•  Frederick W. Hiss Endowed Professorship in Diabetes Research
•  George Isaac Endowed Chair in Cancer Research
•  Helen and Harold McMaster Endowed Chair in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
•  John M. Howard Endowed Professorship of Pancreatic Surgery
•  John T. Schaeufele Endowed Professorship in Pediatrics
•  Kenneth A. Kropp, M.D. Endowed Professorship of Urology
•  Medical College of Ohio Alumni Endowed Chair in Surgery
•  Mercy Health System Chair of Excellence in Education
•  Rita T. Sheely Endowed Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology
•  Robert A. Stranahan Chair in Microbiology and Immunology
•  S. Amjad Hussain M.D. Endowed Professorship in Cardiothoracic Surgery
•  University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences Endowed Professorship in Nephrology

Also at the event, the 2015 Ashel Bryan Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Peter and Nanette Ryerson for their efforts to advance the health and well-being of the region. Peter Ryerson is the president of Ryerson Management Associates, a national healthcare management consulting firm. He served as a board member of the Medical College of Ohio Foundation from 1994 to 2005 and is currently a member of the UTMC Advisory Council.

The Dean’s Club was established to help ?the UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences and UTMC meet its mission of excellence in medical education, research and clinical care. Gifts from members provide essential funds for scholarships, faculty research support? and other innovative programs.


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