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Endowed Professorships

One of the most valuable means of recruiting, retaining and rewarding exceptional faculty is through endowed chairs and professorships. Supported in large part by philanthropic gifts, endowments produce annual income that becomes a stream of perpetual support. Endowments allow faculty to invigorate research interests, refine and enhance teaching skills and build bridges to academic disciplines. The Department is humbled to acknowledge the generosity of philanthropists who have made the ultimate investment in our future by establishing professorships which will exist in perpetuity.

Current Professorship Fundraising Initiatives

Today we continue to seek philanthropic gifts to complete two endowed professorships as well as fund new professorships for distinguished faculty members in every division.

The Dr. Joseph S. McLaughlin Professorship in Cardio-Thoracic Surgery

Dr. Joseph McLaughlin

“Giving Back to Dr. Mac” 

Sometimes the most modest individuals have the biggest effect on our lives. For many generations of University of Maryland medical students, residents, fellows and faculty members, Dr. Mac was enormously influential both professionally and personally. Through his superior skills as a surgeon and educator, as well as his limitless good nature, he made numerous contribution to the Department of Surgery and the School of Medicine’s growth and reputation. Just a few of his numerous accomplishments directing the Thoracic Surgery Residency Program and heading the Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery for nearly 30 years. After an association with the University of Maryland School of Medicine for nearly 50 years, Dr. McLaughlin announced his retirement in December, 1999. In order to preserve his legacy, a group of colleagues and former students established the initiative to create an endowed professorship in his name. We are grateful to the hundreds of people who have already made a gift to the professorship, and welcome renewed pledges from these donors, as well new gift commitments. Today we are in sight of our $1.5 million goal with $312,000 left to raise to complete this important professorship.

Charles Reid Edwards Professorship in Surgery

Dr. Alston Lanham was born in 1905, a native of West Virginia. He was a member of the 1931 graduating class of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Following graduation, he completed his internship at University Hospital. Dr. Lanham returned to his roots for his entire career, practicing in Roncevert, West Virginia. We do not know much about the relationship between Dr. Lanham and Dr. Charles Reid Edwards’13 who was chair of the department of Surgery. However, we can surmise that Dr. Edwards was a significant mentor. In 1961 Dr. Lanham set up a trust for his wife and family members, naming the University of Maryland School of Medicine as final beneficiary. In 2011 the School of Medicine received an extraordinary gift of $1,100,000 establishing a professorship in surgery in Dr. Edward’s memory. This gift is being invested and will be conferred when the investment principle reaches $1,500,000. In order to expedite the installation of the Charles Reid Edward Professor, we seek gifts and pledges totaling $400,000.

To learn more, please contact Karen Hussey, Director of Development, Surgery at 410-706-2846.