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Houston Methodist Foundation Magazine | 2014

Carolyn and Robert J. Allison Jr.’s longtime commitment and service to Houston Methodist led to the creation of a new endowed chair in 2014 – the Allison Family Distinguished Chair in Cardiovascular Research. The couple’s generous gift provides resources for inaugural ALLISON chair holder Dr. Michael Reardon to continue pursuing his innovative research and treatment in cardiothoracic surgery. Dr. Reardon is an internationally acclaimed leader in his field and is the national surgical principal investigator for the REPRISE III clinical trial investigating high-risk valve replacement. The chair is the second established by the Allisons, who gave generously to create the Michael E. DeBakey Distinguished Chair in Cardiac Surgery held by Dr. Gerald Lawrie. Besides their longtime history of giving to the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center and heart programs, Mr. Allison serves on the Senior Cabinet of the new President’s Leadership Council and the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center Council. Longtime Texas oilman Oscar Wyatt and his wife Lynn began their support out of deep appreciation for Dr. Mohammed Attar’s outstanding care. The Wyatts first met Dr. Attar while he was training under legendary heart surgeon, Dr. Michael E. DeBakey. Wyatt Dr. Attar, a renowned cardiologist, eventually became Oscar’s physician and ultimately saved his life. One morning in 2008, Lynn noticed Oscar’s health had suddenly deteriorated and immediately contacted Dr. Attar. “He’s the one who recognized that Oscar was having a stroke and directed the ambulance to Houston Methodist,” recalls Lynn. Dr. Attar met the couple at the emergency room and oversaw Oscar’s treatment and recovery. He survived the stroke, and six years later the Wyatts gave a generous gift to Houston Methodist to establish the Lynn and Oscar Wyatt Jr. Chair in Cardiology in honor of Mohammed Attar, MD. The gift is dedicated to training the next generation of physicians through support of an annual interventional cardiology fellowship. Dr. Attar is the inaugural chair holder. The Elkins family has generously supported Houston Methodist throughout the decades. Judge James A. Elkins was an original member of the board of directors appointed in 1919. His grandson, James A. Elkins III, served on elkins the Houston Methodist and Houston Methodist Hospital Foundation boards of directors, and his granddaughter, Elise Joseph, currently serves on the Houston Methodist Neurological Institute National Council. In 2013, the Elkins Foundation created The Elkins Family Distinguished Chair in Cardiac Health in honor of Dr. William A. Zoghbi. Dr. Zoghbi is a world-renowned cardiologist, trustee and past president of the American College of Cardiologists, who has revolutionized the field of cardiology through his development of advanced imaging techniques. His recent invention of the OmniScope®, a handheld imaging and patient testing device, attracted a major medical technology company, which has a licensing agreement to develop the tool commercially. Dr. Zoghbi’s work is a prime example of Houston Methodist’s emphasis on medical innovation to tackle today’s health care challenges. 16 Houston Methodist Hospital Foundation


Houston Methodist Foundation Magazine | 2014
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