The John S. Dunn Foundation has generously provided support for Houston Methodist’s excellence in medical education, patient care and transformational research for more than three decades, placing them among Houston Methodist’s most generous and long-standing philanthropic partners. In 2014, the Foundation again demonstrated its exceptional giving spirit through milestone investments in the fields of brain cancer researc h and reconstructive and plastic surgery researc h and education. houstonmethodist.org/foundation 21 Brain Cancer Research The Foundation made three new commitments toward brain tumor research: the Milby Dow Dunn Fund; the John S. “Steve” Dunn Jr. Chair; and the Dagmar Dunn Pickens Gipe Chair. These commitments will provide Peak Center Director Dr. David S. Baskin with the resources to support translational research and to attract world-class researchers to focus on glioblastoma, one of the most aggressive and deadly forms of malignant primary brain tumor. “The John S. Dunn Foundation is helping us take the Kenneth R. Peak Center for Brain and Pituitary Tumor Treatment and Research to the next level as one of the nation’s premier centers for brain tumor patients,” Dr. Baskin says. “We have the most advanced technology available, as well as a multidisciplinary and collaborative environment that gives our patients the very best 24/7 care. The Dunn Foundation’s generosity will continue to enhance our patients’ access to the latest brain cancer treatment and research protocols.” Plastic AND Reconstructive Surgery Research AND Education Also last year, the Dunn Foundation established an endowed fund to create the John S. Dunn Jr. Center for Research and Education in Reconstructive and Plastic Surgery. The gift supports a three-year reconstructive surgery residency program, providing post-graduate physicians with unparalleled education and training. In addition, the Dunn Center provides residents experience in innovative surgical techniques and dramatic new treatment options for patients when trauma, disease or a congenital difference makes reconstructive surgery necessary. Dr. Jeffrey Friedman, Chairman of Houston Methodist’s Division of Plastic Surgery, says the new Dunn Center will be a vital part of enhancing research and education in six focus areas: reconstructive micro-surgery; facial paralysis and functional restoration; breast restoration; lower extremity restoration; genito-urinary and pelvic reconstruction; and body contour restoration. Dr. David Baskin Dr. Jeffrey Friedman 6 endowed chairs The John S. “Steve” Dunn Jr. Chair and the Dagmar Dunn Pickens Gipe Chair bring the number of endowed chairs at Houston Methodist to six, more than any other Houston Methodist benefactor. The four previously existing chairs include: John S. Dunn Sr. Chair in General Internal Medicine held by Dr. Susan Miller; John S. Dunn Sr. Chair in Clinical Cardiovascular Research and Education held by Dr. William Winters; John S. Dunn Sr. Chair in Orthopedic Surgery; and John S. Dunn Sr. Distinguished Endowed Chair in Biomedical Engineering held by Dr. Stephen Wong.
Houston Methodist Foundation Magazine | 2014
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