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Gifts for named chairs and professorships allow us to attract and retain the very highest quality scholars. The income from these funds allow our faculty to pursue new research ideas and strengthen clinical programs.

A.R. Curreri Professor of Surgery

This fund was established in 2004 by the family of Dr. Anthony Curreri, chair of the Department of Surgery 1968 to 1972, as well as residents and faculty grateful for his leadership. The income from this professorship supports the chair of the Department of Surgery.


Ray D. Owen Professor of Surgery

Dixon Kaufman, MD, PhD

This fund was established in 2004 to memorialize the distinguished academic career of immunologist Ray D. Owen. The income from the Ray D. Owen Professorship supports an internationally recognized academic transplant researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Folkert O. Belzer Professor of Surgery

Hans W. Sollinger, MD, PhD

This fund was established in 1995 in honor of Folkert O. Belzer. Dr. Belzer served as chair of the Department of Surgery from 1974 to 1995. In addition to being the chair of the Department, Dr. Belzer was instrumental in building the UW Transplant program. The income from this professorship supports Dr. Hans Solllinger’s transplant research initiatives.


Diane M. Bless Endowed Chair in Otolaryngology

Susan Thibeault, PhD, CCC-SLP

This fund was established in 2009 with support from the UW Voice and Swallow Program as well as generous donations from colleagues, friends and family to honor Diane M. Bless, PhD, and ensure her legacy of innovation and excellence in research, teaching and clinical cares continues in perpetuity. The income from this fund supports a faculty member with demonstrated success in establishing and sustaining a program of excellence in research, training, and/or clinical care.


The Hendricks Chair in Plastic Surgery Research

John Siebert, MD

This fund was established in 2015 by Diane M. Hendricks to advance plastic and reconstruction research and programs that enhance treatment and patient care. The income from this fund supports a faculty member who contributes significantly to the treatment of conditions that require surgical reconstruction.


The Hendricks Chair in Breast Cancer Surgery Research

Lee Wilke, MD

This fund was established in 2015 by Diane M. Hendricks to support the breast cancer program at the Department of Surgery. The income from this fund supports a faculty member who will contribute significantly to the treatment of breast cancer.


The Morgridge Distinguished Chair in Health Services Research

Caprice Greenberg, MD, MPH

This fund was established in 2015 by the Surgical Sciences Foundation. The income from this fund supports a professor dedicated to building academic programs and advancing research, education, and patient care in health services research.


Endowed Chair of Education in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

This fund was established in 2013 by the University of Wisconsin Department of Surgery with contributions from generous donors and alumni. The income from this fund supports a professor in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery who is dedicated to program development and initiatives related to global health and education.


Tim and Mary Ann McKenzie Professorship in Surgical Oncology

Sharon Weber, MD

This fund was established in 2015 by the McKenzie family in memory of their husband, son and father, Tim McKenzie. The income from this fund supports a professor in the Division of Surgical Oncology dedicated to advancing research and patient care in surgical oncology.


Susan Behrens, MD, Class of 1975 Surgery Education Professorship

Carla Pugh, MD, PhD

This fund was established in 2014 by Dr. Susan F. Behrens and David M. Look. Dr. Behrens was one of the first woman surgeons in the state of Wisconsin. The income earned by this fund supports a surgical educator who strives to improve the education of medical students, surgical trainees and surgeons to help refine qualities they will use every day as practicing surgeons.


The Charles N. Ford Professorship in Otolaryngology

Timothy McCulloch, MD

This fund was established in 2014 through contributions from nearly 70 donors to honor Charles N. Ford, MD, and his distinguished career. Dr. Ford was the Chief of the Division of Otolaryngology from 1993 to 2007. The income from this fund supports a professor dedicated to advancing otolaryngology research.


The Ronald E. and Patricia A. Kissinger Surgical Oncology Research Professorship Fund

This fund was established in 2015 by Ronald E. and Patricia A. Kissinger. The income earned by this fund supports a professor within the Department of Surgery who is dedicated to advancing research, education and patient care.


Layton F. Rikkers Endowed Professorship in Surgical Leadership

Michael Bentz, MD

This fund was established in 2008 by donations from faculty, staff, residents, friends and grateful patients honoring Layton Rikkers, MD, for his 12 years as chair of the Department of Surgery (1996 to 2008). The income from this fund supports a nationally recognized academic surgeon who has demonstrated excellence in leadership at both the local and national levels.


Pediatric Surgery Professorship Fund

This fund was established in 2015 by generous donors in the interest of supporting the growth of high-quality pediatric academic programs in research, education and clinical care.


The Bruce and Judy Harms Professorship in Colorectal Surgery

This fund was established in 2015 by UW Professor of Surgery Bruce Harms, MD, MBA, his wife, Judy Harms, and generous donors. The income earned by this fund supports research, education, and patient care for a surgeon, with preference given to a colorectal surgeon.


The Mark A. Fischer Chair in Transplantation

Anthony M. D’Alessandro, MD

This fund was established in 2007 by a grateful patient under the care of our Division of Transplantation. The income earned by this fund will be used to support a faculty member of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health to support transplant research, education, and patient care.

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