On Thank a Donor Day, we get to say THANK YOU for all the ways our donors so generously support IU School of Medicine. To celebrate, we're recognizing just a few of the projects and places made possible #thankstoIUdonors.
Training tomorrow's leaders in cardiovascular care and research
Subha Raman, MD, MSEE, joined IU School of Medicine in 2020 as the Chief of Cardiology, Director of the Cardiovascular Institute, and is holder of the Medtronic Zipes Chair in Cardiology. Her position as chair—created to benefit research and teaching focused on investigations in the electrical stimulation of the cardiovascular system—was made possible by an endowed gift celebrating the major contributions of Douglas Zipes, MD, and Medtronic in cardiac electrophysiology.
Saving memory for patients around the world
Bruce Lamb, PhD, the Roberts Family Professor of Alzheimer’s Disease Research, oversees a wide-ranging research program related to diseases that affect the brain and nervous system at the Stark Neurosciences Research Institute here at IU School of Medicine.
His work is supported by the generosity of many donors, including Dave and Susan Roberts, who hope their gifts contribute to scientific advances that provide tangible benefits to patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
Opening doors of opportunity for medical students
Gifts of all amounts to scholarship funds lower student debt and help us recruit the highest caliber students to train here in Indiana. In easing some financial strain, our donors encourage our future physicians to follow their hearts by granting them the flexibility to pursue the specialty that suits them best. Thanks to their generosity, 34 percent of IU School of Medicine students receive support.
Honoring trailblazers in medicine
Starting in 2019, family members, friends, grateful patients, IU faculty, and former trainees came together to honor Stuart Sherman, MD, in recognition of his legacy as a national leader and mentor in endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pancreatography (ERCP) service. This community of donors created the Stuart Sherman Professorship in Gastroenterology. The position is currently held by Evan Fogel, MSc, MD, whose work is innovating care in chronic pancreatitis, prevention of post-ERCP pancreatitis, and more.
Training the compassionate healers of tomorrow across the state
On one of our eight regional campuses, IU School of Medicine–Fort Wayne students have outstanding opportunities to learn clinical skills on campus before seeing patients, with world class facilities, small class sizes and personal one-on-one time with faculty. The generosity of Fort Wayne Neurology and NeuroSpine has provided instruments and space for students to gain experience in history-taking and physical exams.
Searching for answers to pancreatic cancer
Mike Bigelow died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 41. For 15 years, his friends and family have held a golf outing—The Bigelow Open—in his memory to raise funds for research led by Max Schmidt, MD, PhD, at IU School of Medicine’s Pancreatic Cyst and Cancer Early Detection Center. This year, the Bigelow Open reached $1 million raised, and the generosity of this community has been vital in the search for answers to pancreatic cancer. Our researchers are working to identify the signals that can clearly indicate when a cyst is likely to become cancerous and developing targeted treatments to remove threats before they become cancer.