Updated: August 29, 2013
The caliber of an academic institution rests upon the quality of its faculty, who are the lifeblood of the University of Michigan. Like students, faculty are attracted to those institutions best equipped to help them reach their professional goals and where they are most likely to be associated with the most exciting colleagues and peers. Endowed professorships, as well as gifts that provide support for faculty to conduct research or implement a program, honor our best minds and make the U-M Department of Family Medicine faculty even stronger.
“Family Medicine is a field that historically hasn’t had a lot of endowed professorships established. That we had an opportunity to establish a professorship in family medicine, which our father was so devoted to, made this an ideal situation.”
-Allen Lichter, M.D., former dean of the U-M Medical School and now the chief executive officer of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, on the importance he and his brother, Paul R. Lichter, M.D., Chair of the U-M Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Director of the W.K. Kellogg Eye Center, felt about establishing the Dr. Max and Buena Lichter Research Professorship to honor the memory of both their father, Dr. Max L. Lichter, a distinguished family physician, and their mother, Buena.
Regarding support from the Esperance Family Foundation, “The importance of this gift for the Faculty Scholars Program is remarkable. It provides an opportunity for individuals to explore complementary, alternative and integrative therapies that can be applied to teaching, research and clinical care in their field of expertise. It truly is visionary.”
-Rita K. Benn, Ph.D., Director of Education of the Michigan Integrative Medicine Program
“Dr. [George A.] Dean provided critical political and organizational support for the creation of the Department in the 1970s, and now, 30 years later, has provided critical financial support in the creation of the Department's first endowed chair. In these very different, but equally wonderful, ways he is responsible for contributing to the highest level of excellence and quality of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan.”
-Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., the first George A. Dean, M.D. Chair of Family Medicine
“I am very proud to have my name associated with one of the best departments in the country.”
-George A. Dean, M.D., who established the Department’s first endowed professorship, the George A. Dean M.D. Chair of Family Medicine
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