The MGH has reached a momentous milestone through the establishment of 100 endowed chairs and scholars.

A recent gift honoring the work of Isaac Schiff, MD, established the Minehan-Schiff Endowed Scholar in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Under the leadership of Jeffrey Ecker, MD, chief of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, this scholar provides funding to advance the highest quality patient care, research and education in the field of obstetrics and gynecology.

“In addition to serving as one of the MGH’s highest honors, an endowed chair or scholar provides the recipient and his or her department with valuable resources to sustain innovative teaching and groundbreaking research for years to come,” said W. Gerald Austen, MD, chairman of the MGH Chiefs’ Council and co-chair of the hospital’s Philanthropy Program.

The MGH Endowed Chair and Scholar Program was founded in 2011 by Austen, in collaboration with Development Office leadership. It honors and funds the work of the hospital’s outstanding researchers and clinicians. In 2014, the program was expanded to create the first MGH Endowed Chair in Nursing, and again in 2015 to create the inaugural Endowed Research Institute Chair.

Jeremy Ruskin, MD, founder and director emeritus of the Cardiac Arrhythmia Service, was honored last year as the inaugural incumbent of the Omran Alomran Endowed Chair in Cardiology. “What this chair means to me is an opportunity to focus on two things: physiology and mentoring,” he said. “It’s pretty extraordinary to be doing what we are doing and where we are doing it. We have opportunities that almost no one else ever gets and I am very grateful for that.”

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