Houston Methodist has received an anonymous gift for $50 million to support a variety of programs and services across the hospital system. This transformational commitment, along with matching gifts and other sources, will have a philanthropic impact of more than $154 million and is earmarked to support areas including Physician Scholars, neuroprosthetics, orthopedics and sports medicine, gastrointestinal medicine, immunology and current and future priorities in other health care specialties.


“Houston Methodist is honored to have the support of generous donors who entrust us to continue building on our legacy of leading medicine,” said Marc Boom, M.D., president and CEO of Houston Methodist. “This donor represents the giving spirit of the Houston community and believes in the unparalleled work our physicians, researchers and staff do to bring lifesaving and life-changing treatments to our patients throughout the city and the country. We’re humbled to have this support and excited for what it will help us accomplish in the future.”


As the second largest gift the hospital has received in its 102-year history, this philanthropic commitment provides Houston Methodist with the capacity to sustain and grow in several key areas:


  • Academic leadership and faculty development –at least 40 new endowed positions and academic trainees and faculty members from any specialty area throughout the Houston Methodist system.
  • Neuroprosthetics –a new endowed position for the Houston Methodist Neuromodulation & Recovery Laboratory in collaboration with the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University, enabling physician scientists to develop neuroprosthetics, or brain-computer interfaces, that may restore mobility and memory to people suffering the effects of brain and spinal cord injury or disease.
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine –support the Center for Musculoskeletal Regeneration and Joint Preservation and Outcomes Laboratory offering patients access to the latest orthopedics treatments in an effort to get patients back to where they were pre-injury.
  • The Food and Health Alliance within the Lynda K. and David M. Underwood Center for Digestive Disorders and the Immunology Center in the Department of Medicine –support the completion of phase 1 of The Fondren Foundation Challenge which offers hope and healing to those with allergy, immunologic, autoimmune and gastrointestinal conditions.
  • Inspire Fund -- establish at least 20 endowments and support special, high-priority programs across many specialties which may include imaging, nursing, ophthalmology, quality, reconstructive surgery, surgery and women’s health.


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