By harnessing the power of ‘crowd funding,’ the Class of 2019 established the Diversity in Medicine Scholarship as a class gift to their alma mater. The scholarship will support incoming medical students who belong to at least one traditionally underrepresented minority group in the field of medicine and promote the diversity of identities and life experiences of medical students.
These stories of inspiration and generosity highlight the people and partners behind giving to Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Browse the stories below or search by name or topic to learn more. You can also visit the Our Publications page to catch up on even more stories celebrating those who contribute to Feinberg.
Pulmonary embolisms (PEs) occur when blood clots —usually from the legs—travel upward in the body to the lungs where they block critical blood flow and oxygen. One of the most common cardiovascular diseases in the United States, this potentially life-threatening condition requires immediate medical attention from a variety of specialists. Dr. Daniel Schimmel, an interventional cardiologist, leads Northwestern Medicine’s Venous Thromboembolism Service.
The promise of immunotherapy—stimulating the body’s immune response to fight cancer—is the next frontier for the treatment of a growing number of cancers. An oncologist and skin cancer expert, Dr. Jeffrey Sosman contributed to the early clinical trials of novel immune-based therapies that made the first significant inroads in treating melanoma. Since arriving at Feinberg in 2016, Dr. Sosman has worked to strengthen Northwestern’s immunotherapy capabilities for melanoma and other cancers.
For the Class of 1963, creating a scholarship at the time of the group’s 50th reunion grew from a desire to leave a lasting legacy by supporting tomorrow’s promising physicians. The journey of Rebecca Xu, the current holder of the Class of 1963 Scholarship, is one that these loyal alumni and others who support scholarships can fully embrace as their own.
When she was in graduate school, a research rotation at the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center at Feinberg solidified Dr. Emily Rogalski’s interest in aging and dementia research. She went on to earn her PhD in neuroscience from Northwestern and, in 2008, she joined Feinberg as a faculty member. Dr. Rogalski is a clinical and cognitive neuroscientist, and her research focuses on aging and dementia.
Early in her medical training, the puzzling case of a seemingly healthy young man’s failing kidneys charted a course for Dr. Sue Quaggin. Determined to better understand kidney disease, this renowned nephrology expert has spent her career advancing clinical care through groundbreaking kidney research. In 2013, Dr. Quaggin joined Northwestern, where she is creating a super-charged hub for kidney research.
Northwestern faculty and students have long been involved in supporting initiatives to enhance global health and promote health equity. In May, these growing international efforts were further elevated and unified with the launch of a new Feinberg Institute of Global Health.
Patients, survivors, caregivers, and supporters recently joined expert breast cancer clinicians and scientists at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine for a panel discussion about the latest breast cancer treatments, trends, and research.
Feinberg alumni Kavitha Gandhi, ’98 MD, ’99 GME, and Sanjay Gandhi, ’97 MD, ’01 ’04 GME, made a generous gift to fund a new Innovation Grant Program in the Department of Dermatology and to honor the achievements of extraordinary women working in science and medicine.
On November 6, the Renée Israel Foundation presented a check for $100,000 to support breast cancer research at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University.
A new $10 million gift from Northwestern University trustees and supporters Louis A. Simpson ’58 and Kimberly K. Querrey will support a center now known as the Simpson Querrey Center for Neurogenetics.
Considered the founding father of preventive cardiology, Jeremiah Stamler, MD, who celebrated his 100th birthday Oct. 27, is still conducting ‘brilliant science,’ according to his colleagues.
When her husband passed away in February 2019, Marge asked that donations to honor his memory be made to Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine to support stroke research. Later, she donated another special gift.
On October 16, Feinberg’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation welcomed Michelle Gittler, MD, ’92 GME, to deliver the 20th Annual Ben L. Boynton, MD Lecture.
During a recent Discover Feinberg lecture, three distinguished scientists from the medical school presented their research on a topic that truly affects everyone.
On September 25, more than 300 people came together to support Northwestern’s commitment to improving health worldwide during the 12th Annual Global Health Initiative (GHI) Benefit Dinner.
Alumnus makes planned gift to support medical student scholarships.
A $10 million endowment goal will create an Arrhythmia Research Center at Feinberg and enable physician-scientists to improve the way cardiologists diagnose and treat patients with heart rhythm disorders.
Eric Lefkofsky, chairman and co-founder of Groupon, and his wife, Liz, made a new gift to ensure that Lurie Cancer Center investigators have resources to conduct promising pilot studies.
On June 17, Northwestern University leadership, trustees, faculty and benefactors joined former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker and local politicians to officially unveil the Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. Querrey Biomedical Research Center.
Faculty and trainees in Northwestern’s Department of Neurological Surgery gathered for the inaugural Byong Uk Chung, MD Global Neurosurgical Lectureship in Neurosurgery, a unique learning opportunity made possible by generosity from the Chung family to commemorate their patriarch
On July 27, more than 1,000 friends and supporters of The H Foundation came together at Chicago’s Navy Pier to support breakthrough cancer research at its annual Goombay Bash.
Many of the deadliest or most common cancers get the least amount of nonprofit research funding, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study that examined the distribution of nonprofit cancer research funding in 2015 across cancer types.
On June 24, Meg and Dan Kresach, founders of BrainUp, presented Northwestern with a $170,000 grant to support novel research on immunotherapy for glioblastoma patients at Northwestern.
On June 18, Robert J. Vassar, PhD, was formally invested as the Davee Professor of Alzheimer Research at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
Donors joined Northwestern Medicine leadership and experts in neurodegenerative disease to celebrate new state-of-the-art space for the Mesulam Center.
On May 17, 350 friends and supporters gathered for the annual Minds Matter Benefit Dinner to raise funds for the Lou and Jean Malnati Brain Tumor Institute.
Kurt Q. Lu, MD, was formally invested as the Eugene and Gloria Bauer Professor of Dermatology at Feinberg on April 29 at a ceremony at the Peninsula Chicago.
Members of the Nathan Smith Davis Society—a group of over 2,000 medical alumni, faculty, friends, and staff members—braved April snow for a reception celebrating their commitment to the medical school.
During the inaugural Discover Feinberg lecture, three world-class investigators from the medical school discussed the incredible potential of precision medicine to improve the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
Gifts from David Cugell, MD, and Christina Enroth-Cugell, MD, PhD, will support research in lung disease, visual neurosciences, and biomedical engineering.
Geoffery Engel, ’70, ’72 MD, ’79 GME, creates a charitable remainder unitrust to support Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
On April 17, Leena Sharma, MD, was invested as the Chang-Lee Professor of Preventive Rheumatology at Feinberg during a formal ceremony at The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago.
On August 21, Sanjiv J. Shah, MD, was formally invested as the Neil J. Stone, MD Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
On August 23, Robert Kalb, MD, was formally invested as the Les Turner Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
The Michael F. Schafer, MD, Fund, created to honor alumnus Dr. Schafer and recognize his innumerable contributions as chair of Orthopaedic Surgery for more than 30 years, surpassed its endowment goal of $500,000 thanks to the generosity and participation of current and former trainees, patients, and friends of the department.
On March 21, Rod S. Passman, MD, MSCE, was formally invested as the Jules J. Reingold Professor of Electrophysiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
On July 25, C. David James, PhD, was formally invested as the Jean Malnati Miller Professor of Brain Tumor Research at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
On June 21, Jayesh Mehta, MD, and Seema Singhal, MD, were invested as the Chez Family Professors of Myeloma Research during a formal ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago.
Civic leader and philanthropist William Jentes and his family—wife Janet and daughter Justine—recently honored their long-time primary care physician, Byron Starr, MD, ’75 GMER, with a generous $500,000 gift.
The Les Turner ALS Foundation's annual Hope Through Caring Gala on March 9 raised $617,000 to provide the best quality of care, local community support, and hope through scientific research to everyone affected by ALS, in partnership with the Les Turner ALS Center at Northwestern Medicine.
New research supported by Northwestern philanthropic partners opens the door to a promising new treatment strategy for diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG)—the most deadly brain tumor in children.
On February 26, donors to the Malnati Brain Tumor Institute gathered with clinical staff and administration to unveil a new state-of-the-art clinical space.
On December 4, Roger Stupp, MD, was formally invested as the Paul C. Bucy Professor of Neurological Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.