Donor Stories


Philanthropy has played a significant role in Jefferson’s successes since the University’s founding in 1824. Contributions from our most loyal supporters have provided the resources to help Jefferson become a national leader in research, education and patient care.

Here are a few featured stories from our valued donors.
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Marcus Foundation Grants $14M to Support Integrative Medicine
Grant Establishes Marcus Integrative Health at the Myrna Brind Center – Villanova
Rodney D. Bell, MD, Invested as Lynne and Harold Honickman Professor of Neurology
The Honickmans established the professorship to promote clinical care and research in the field of neurology, vascular neurology and stroke.
Jefferson Receives Landmark $110M Gift from the Sidney Kimmel Foundation

The single largest gift in Jefferson's history will benefit Jefferson Medical College, which has been renamed the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University.

Two Faculty Members Named as Holders of Rothman Institute Endowed Professorships
William J. Hozack, MD, was named the Walter H. Annenberg Professorship in Joint Replacement Surgery, and Gerald R. Williams, Jr., MD, was named the John M. Fenlin, Jr., MD, Professorship in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery.
Sidney Cohen, MD, Named First Holder of J. Edward Berk, MD, Professorship in Medicine
Berk, MD '36, earned international recognition for his contributions to the field of gastroenterology. Cohen is also a world-renowned gastroenterologist.
In honor of Mary, his late wife of 32 years, Bob Halinski established a pancreatic cancer research fund at Jefferson.
Jefferson Welcomes Rieders Family to Campus
Throughout the years the Rieders family has supported Jefferson through many gifts.
Sarah Parvin Foundation Donates $50,000 for Ovarian Cancer Research
Sarah Parvin Foundation Donates $50,000 for Ovarian Cancer Research
May 2014 • The check, presented May 12, 2014, will benefit research conducted by Jonathan Brody, PhD. Read more about the Sarah Parvin Foundation here.
Kathleen E. Squires, MD, Invested as the W. Paul and Ida H. Havens Professor of Infectious Diseases
Sons Peter and John Havens and their wives, Louise and Wendy, established the professorship in honor of their parents W. Paul Havens, Jr., MD, and Ida.
Jefferson Receives $55,000 from Colon Cancer Coalition
In celebration of March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, Jefferson received proceeds from the 2013 Get Your Rear in Gear Race.
Alan S. Hilibrand, MD, Named Joseph M. and Marie H. Field Professor of Spinal Surgery
The Fields established the professorship to support research involving spinal injuries and disorders.
Klein Gift Supports Jefferson Center for Refugee Health
Stephen Klein, a longtime supporter of Jefferson, recently made a $50,000 gift in honor of Richard C. Wender, MD.
Jefferson Hosts First Sean Hogan Memorial Lecture
Patty Anne Hogan established the lecture in honor of her husband who lost his battle with biliary cancer in 2013.
The Ripple Effect Results in $110,000 Gift
A gift from the Hugh L. Adams, Hugh Trumbull Adams and Mary Trumbull Adams Fund will be used to purchase medical equipment.
The PA Breast Cancer Coalition grant will go toward studies on ways to block the spread of breast cancer.
Medical College '58 Alumnus Endows Professorship of Clinical Skills
Dale D. Berg, MD, is the first recipient of the G. Fritz Blechschmidt, MD, Professor of Clinical Skills.
Joe and Marie Field Gift Establishes Professorship in Spinal Surgery
September 2013 • The Joseph M. and Marie H. Field Professorship in Spinal Surgery will support research involving spinal injuries and disorders.
Armenian General Benevolent Union Gift Expands Program
September 2013 • A $1 million gift supports Jefferson's Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging and Treatment Center and expands clinical services for patients.
Mary Kline Classic Benefits Brain Cancer Research
June 2013 • Alex Kline, founder of the Mary Kline Classic, presents the Jefferson Foundation's Stephen Smith with a check for brain cancer research.
May 2014 • Jonah Selber directed the gift to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where he has worked as an office assistant in the information systems department since 1997.
Get Your Rear in Gear Philadelphia Benefits Colon Cancer Research
March 2013 •  Get Your Rear in Gear colon cancer walk benefits research at Jefferson. A check for $50,000 from last year's walk was presented to Jefferson in March.
The Sarah Parvin Foundation Builds a Legacy of Hope Against Ovarian Cancer
The Sarah Parvin Foundation presented Jefferson with a check for $50,000 to support ovarian cancer research in surgery.
Major Gift Establishes Jane and Leonard Korman Lung Center
December 2012 • Jane and Leonard Korman provide support through the Jane and Leonard Korman Family Foundation to establish the Jefferson — Jane and Leonard Korman Lung Center.
Lubert Family Endows Professorship in Cardiology
October 2012 • A University trustee from 2005 through 2011, Ira Lubert became an avid supporter of Jefferson’s cardiology team after witnessing the compassionate care they provided his mother when she was ill.
Lynne and Harold Honickman Establish Professorship in Neurology
April 2014 • Rodney D. Bell, MD, professor of neurology, will be invested at a ceremony in June 2014.
Art and Gail Pasquarella Support Jefferson Transplant Institute
November 2013 • The Pasquarellas had more than one reason to support transplant services at Jefferson.
January 2014 • The $41,000 gift will enable faculty and fellows of the Institute to attend educational conferences and conduct research.
Jefferson Receives $100,000 Grant for Pancreatic Cancer Research
April 2014 • Gail Coleman's generous grant in memory of her husband Kenneth M. Bruntel has enabled two innovative studies at Jefferson.
October 2013 • The endowed professorship was made possible through generous donations from the families of Lawrence S. Smith and John R. Alchin, former co-chief financial officers of Comcast Corp.
Kenichiro Hasumi Endows Professorship in Medical Oncology
March 2013 • Takami Sato, MD, PhD, was invested as the first K. Hasumi, MD, Professor of Medical Oncology at a ceremony on March 6th, 2013.
December 2012 • The sale of of a medical fraternity chapter house in Philadelphia establishes the Paul Zimskind, MD '57, PhD Scholarship Fund and Memorial Lectureship in Urology.
May 2013 • Kathleen Squires, MD, division director for infectious diseases in the Department of Medicine, will be the first physician invested as the W. Paul and Ida H. Havens Professor.
Jennie M. Beach and Dr. James D. Beach Memorial Scholarship Lunch
April 2013 • This year’s Jennie M. Beach and Dr. James D. Beach Memorial Scholarship recipients were recently honored at the annual Beach Memorial Scholarship Luncheon.
Jane and Leonard Korman Endow Professorship in Pulmonary Medicine
May 2013 • Gregory Kane, MD ’87, invested as the first Jane and Leonard Korman Professor of Pulmonary Medicine at a ceremony on May 9, 2013.
January 2014 • Jefferson's Departments of Neurology and Neuroscience will use the grants to treat and better understand Parkinson's disease.
Fund A Cure Gives Gift to Pancreatic Cancer Research
November 2012 • Fund A Cure for Pancreatic Cancer donated $47,000 to pancreatic cancer research at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals.
Surprising Ties Between the Titanic and Hematology Research at Jefferson
The namesake of Jefferson's Cardeza Foundation for Hematologic Research has a noteworthy history — including surviving the Titanic sinking in 1912.
Jefferson Department Gift Supports Breast Cancer Quality of Life Fund
October 2013 • Employees and friends of Jefferson Facilities department raise more than $5,300 to support breast cancer care.
January 2014 • The $70,000 generous gift supports JMC scholarships.
Susan Donahue Honors Husband with Endowed Lectureship in the Department of Surgery
Susan Donahue has made a gift to establish the Philip E. Donahue, MD, Lectureship in Benign Gastrointestinal Diseases.
November 2012 • The Baxter Family Foundation pledges to create the Hemant J. Desai, MD Fellowship in Neonatology

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