Professorships: A Priority to Help Recruit and Retain the Finest

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Endowed professorships, the highest honor a university can bestow upon its faculty, are reserved for Feinberg’s most distinguished scholars. Made possible by the foresight and generosity of donors, these academic positions are also vital tools to help the school recruit and retain talented faculty who will do great things at the medical school and for society.

Fawzi Invested as Tang and Jampol Professor  

This summer, Amani Fawzi, MD, was invested as the Cyrus Tang and Lee Jampol Professor of Ophthalmology. Established by the Cyrus Chung Ying Tang Foundation, the professorship recognizes and honors longtime Feinberg faculty member and former department chair Lee M. Jampol, MD, a renowned investigator and expert in diseases of the retina and age-related macular degeneration.

Michael Tang, son of entrepreneur and philanthropist Cyrus Tang, whose foundation created the professorship, shared 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 Tang, who is vice chair of Tang Industries and chief executive officer of National Material L.P.

Amani Fawzi, MD, receives a medal commemorating her investiture from Nicholas J. Volpe, MD, chair of Ophthalmology.

Fawzi, who joined Feinberg in 2012, leads an active National Institutes of Health-funded translational research laboratory focused on identifying therapeutic targets for retinal fibrosis in animal models of ischemic retinopathies. She also runs a comprehensive advanced imaging center that is a clinical hub for collaborative studies with clinicians in neurology, cognitive neurosciences and biomedical engineering.

Bradly Straatsma, director emeritus of the Jules Stein Eye Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, served as Fawzi’s extoller: “Her innovative thinking and originality bode well for this professorship, the department and the entire University.”

Post Invested as Buehler Professor

Lori Ann Post, PhD, was recently invested as the Buehler Professor of Geriatric Medicine, created by the Buehler Family Foundation to improve the quality of life and care for senior citizens.

“We are investing in our own future — these types of gifts will help both our own future lives and the needs of our aging society,” said A.C. Buehler III, quoting his late father, A.C. Buehler, who passed away in 2004.

Post is the inaugural director of Northwestern’s Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics, which conducts research in geriatrics and gerontology and specializes in education and healthcare for aging individuals and their caretakers. She also has worked on communication techniques and theories to develop a line of research in public and political will.

From left to right, John Buehler, Eric G. Neilson, MD, Lori Ann Post, PhD, James Adams, MD, and A.C. Buehler III.

Post is currently working on USAID-funded food security and conflict in the 21 poorest countries in the world and has numerous collaborations underway with the World Bank, the United Nations, embassies, the United States military and government ministers worldwide. She has developed a strong global network of academic colleagues to end harmful traditional practices such as female genital mutilation, widow cleansing and child brides. Her research awards have exceeded $30 million in federal, state and foundation grants.

“My dream has been to work across a university to stimulate research and bring people together to collaborate,” Post said. “Thank you all for making this dream a reality.”

2017 Investitures

Since January 1, 2017, the following faculty members have been invested into prestigious endowed professorship positions at the medical school. Feinberg continues to pursue endowed professorships as an urgent priority of We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern Medicine.

Matthew M. Davis, MD, as the A Todd Davis, MD, Professor of General Academic Pediatrics

Deyu Fang, PhD, as the Hosmer Allen Johnson Professor of Pathology

Amani A. Fawzi, MD, as the Cyrus Tang and Lee Jampol Professor of Ophthalmology

Debra Anne Goldstein, MD, as the Magerstadt Professor of Ophthalmology

Marianne M. Green, MD, as the Raymond H. Curry, MD, Professor of Medical Education

Jeffrey A. Linder, ’97 MD, MPH, as the Michael A. Gertz Professor of Medicine

Xunrong Luo, MD, PhD, as the Margaret Gray Morton Professor of Medicine

Peter Penzes, PhD, as the Ruth and Evelyn Dunbar Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Lori Ann Post, PhD, as the Buehler Professor of Geriatric Medicine

Patrick C. Seed, MD, PhD, as the Children’s Research Fund Professor of Basic Science