A $ 1 million commitment from the MD Anderson Foundation to the University of Houston College of Medicine establishes the MD Anderson Foundation Endowed Professorship in Medicine held by a leader in health care innovation that is attached to the faculty of the College of Medicine.
The gift, donated one-on-one by an anonymous donor to create a $ 2 million foundation, supports the new medical school’s mission to provide health and health care in underserved communities in Houston and across Texas to enhance.
“The MD Anderson Foundation reaffirms its commitment to community-based health care across Texas and is proud to partner with the University of Houston College of Medicine through our gift for this Endowed Professorship. This gift will continue to focus on providing the best education for tomorrow’s doctors as they serve their communities, “said Charles W. Hall, president of the MD Anderson Foundation.
Founded in 1936, the MD Anderson Foundation is known for making significant contributions to improving health care in Houston. For many years, the Foundation has generously supported the University of Houston, donating more than $ 6 million to UH Libraries, UH Law Center, Hobby School of Public Affairs, and the College of Medicine.
“Support from the MD Anderson Foundation will have a significant impact on the university’s ability to research and implement new and improved methods of healthcare,” said Paula Myrick Short, UH senior vice president of academic affairs and provost. “We look forward to adding an accomplished faculty member whose expertise will help develop practical solutions to today’s most common health problems while enhancing the educational experience for our students.”
The problems with the United States health system are well documented and significant. The US spends significantly more on health care compared to its international competitors, but it has the lowest life expectancy and the highest rates of hospital admissions and preventable deaths.
Texas faces a critical shortage of primary care physicians, particularly in low-income and minority communities that lack access to a regular source of care and gaps in preventive care, leading to higher disease, hospital, and death rates.
UH College of Medicine is working to restore the importance of primary care to address these challenges and aims to have at least half of its graduates choose primary care practice.
“Healthcare innovation requires a new approach and a willingness to break traditional silos to work with experts in other health disciplines such as pharmacy, engineering, law, and even data science. By harnessing the power of data analytics, we can fundamentally change the way we provide higher quality, lower cost care to more people, ”said Dr. Stephen Spann, founding dean of UH College of Medicine. “Thanks to the generosity and vision of the MD Anderson Foundation, we will be able to recruit a new faculty member who can greatly help us achieve these goals.”
“The MD Anderson Foundation has helped take the University of Houston to new heights and we are incredibly grateful for their continued support. Now they have strengthened our ability to innovate and collaborate with other institutions across healthcare, ”said Eloise Brice, vice president of university funding.
In the fall of 2019, the university received a landmark $ 50 million gift from an anonymous donor to launch the “$ 100 Million Challenge” to recruit high-level, nationally recognized and distinguished research lecturers for chairs and professorships to inspire an additional $ 50 million to invest from additional donors. The aim is to support the university’s bold future in research and science around four complex global issues, including health care, that uniquely underpin the social, political and economic futures of Houston and the world.