Professorships recently inaugurated



Winter 2019
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In September 2018, the Darrell A. Campbell Jr., M.D., Collegiate Professorship in Transplant Surgery was inaugurated. Created through gifts from family, faculty, alumni, friends, and the Department of Surgery, it honors Campbell, a U-M surgeon whose contributions to clinical care, research, and medical education have had a profound influence on Michigan Medicine. Campbell’s commitment to patient care and safety, excellence in practice, and organizational responsibility makes U-M one of the most esteemed academic medical centers in the nation. Chris J. Sonnenday, M.D. (Fellowship 2008), associate professor of surgery and associate professor of health management and policy at the School of Public Health, is the first Campbell Collegiate Professor of Transplant Surgery.

Susan Brooks (Ph.D. 1992), professor of molecular and integrative physiology and of biomedical engineering, became the first Christin Carter-Su Collegiate Professor of Physiology in September 2018. The endowment recognizes Carter-Su, a renowned researcher and mentor who holds both the Henry Sewall Collegiate Professorship in Physiology and the Anita H. Payne Distinguished University Professorship in Physiology. Also professor of molecular and integrative physiology, and of internal medicine working in the Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology, and Diabetes, Carter-Su has received many honors and awards for her work, including the Roy O. Greep Lecture Award for outstanding contributions to research in endocrinology from the Endocrine Society, the Bodil M. Schmidt-Nielsen Distinguished Mentor and Scientist Award from the American Physiological Society, and the 2018 Women in Endocrinology Mentor Award.

The Askwith Research Professorship in Food Allergy was inaugurated in October 2018 and celebrates Bertram J. Askwith, longtime friend and supporter of U-M. A 1931 graduate of the U-M College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Askwith served as vice chair of the university’s Michigan Difference campaign. Inspired by his grandson, who has a severe food allergy, he created the Askwith Fund for Innovation in Asthma and Allergy Management in the Center for Managing Chronic Disease at the U-M School of Public Health. In 2014 and 2015, Askwith made significant contributions to establish the Askwith Food Allergy Fund in the Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center. The first Askwith Research Professor in Food Allergy is Simon Hogan, Ph.D., also a professor of pathology.

James Douglas Engel, Ph.D., professor of cell and developmental biology and former director of the U-M Center for Organogenesis, will serve as the first Elizabeth C. Crosby Collegiate Professor. The professorship, which was inaugurated in October 2018, honors Elizabeth Caroline Crosby, Ph.D., who in 1936 became the first female professor at the U-M Medical School. Crosby, a dedicated researcher and teacher widely published in comparative anatomy, was the first woman to be awarded the Henry Russel Lectureship at U-M in 1946. Crosby was also presented the National Medal of Science by President Jimmy Carter in 1979. In her 64-year association with the U-M Medical School, she taught more than 8,000 medical students and laid the foundational principles for neuroscience as it is studied today.

Richard G. Ohye, M.D. (Fellowship 1998), became the first Edward L. Bove, M.D., Professor of Cardiac Surgery in October 2018. Bove, the Helen F. and Marvin M. Kirsh Professor of Cardiac Surgery, professor of surgery, and professor of pediatrics, served as head of the Section of Cardiac Surgery in the Department of Surgery, was appointed inaugural chair of the newly formed Department of Cardiac Surgery in 2011, and is credited with building the U-M Division of Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery. Ohye, also associate chair of the Department of Cardiac Surgery, head of the Section of Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery, and co-director of the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital Congenital Heart Center, was recruited to U-M by Bove in 2000.

In October, Rishindra M. Reddy, M.D., became the first José José Alvarez Research Professor of Thoracic Surgery. Named in memory of Alvarez, an esophageal cancer patient who received care at U-M, and created by his family after his death, the endowment was established with the hope that “no one else has to go through” such a devastating diagnosis. Alvarez was treated by Mark Orringer, M.D., now the Cameron Haight Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Thoracic Surgery, and Orringer helped bring Reddy to U-M. Reddy is also the clerkship director for surgery, chair of the U-M Comprehensive Robotic Surgery Program, and chair of the Medical Affairs Advisory Committee.

The David W. Learned Collegiate Professorship in Anesthesiology was inaugurated in November 2018 and celebrates Learned’s legacy at U-M. Learned (M.D. 1959, Residency 1962), clinical assistant professor emeritus of anesthesiology, has spent his career teaching quality improvement and lecturing on environmental and electrical safety, in addition to perioperative blood and fluid therapy. In 1991 he became the director of anesthesia at the W.K. Kellogg Eye Center, where he remained until he retired in 2013. Highly regarded by colleagues, former trainees, and students, Learned is known for his commitment to furthering the art and science of medicine and his belief in the importance of mentoring the next generation of anesthesiologists. Paul Picton, M.D., chief of the adult anesthesia service; senior associate chair for clinical affairs and quality within the Department of Anesthesiology; and associate professor of anesthesiology, will serve as the inaugural Learned Collegiate Professor.