Endowment Overview

Endowments serve as valuable incentive to attract the best and the brightest faculty and students to The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. An endowment is a permanent fund designated for a specific purpose by the donor. Earned income from the endowment account is used for that specified purpose (for example, to provide an annual scholarship), while the principal is never used, thus, the endowment is held in perpetuity.

There are several categories of endowments:

Endowed Faculty Positions

Distinguished University Chair:

The Distinguished University Chair is the highest endowed position available and is bestowed to best of the best at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. A mark of great achievement, this honor signifies the valuable contribution made by the leading minds of the health science center. A $2 million gift is required to establish a Distinguished University Chair endowment.

Distinguished Chair:

Distinguished Chair position is a high honor often bestowed to deans and division directors of special merit. This is a prestigious honor that serves as a great incentive when attracting high caliber educators and researchers for leadership positions at the university. A $1 million gift is required to establish a Distinguished Chair endowment.

Chair:

An endowed Chair position is a distinction given to high-performing department leaders and senior faculty members. This honor is a valuable retention and recruitment tool that allows the university to recognize the efforts of current educators and researchers, as well as attract leaders in the health science community. A $500,000 gift is required to establish a Chair endowment.

Distinguished Professorship:

Distinguished Professorship funds support faculty as their skills are honed and their reputations as teachers and scientists grow. Designed to honor outstanding faculty members for their accomplishments, these position are another key factor in recruiting and retaining exceptional scholars. A $250,000 gift is required to establish a Distinguished Professorship endowment.

Professorship:

An endowed professorship recognizes rising stars and supports outstanding faculty. Funds from this type of endowment are typically used to help further research and teaching in areas of critical importance in the school. Endowed professorships help The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston encourage and retain the most talented faculty in the country. A $100,000 gift is required to establish a Professorship endowment.

Other Endowments

Fellowships:

Endowed fellowships are an excellent means of attracting high-performing graduate students. These students, in turn, make major contributions to the university’s research efforts. Fund income from this type of endowment is used to help support these research projects and, in many cases, to provide a small stipend to support the graduate student. As graduate students, these individuals have already matriculated well into their academic careers and many have already incurred substantial debt in financing their education. Without available endowments, a number of schools within our institution are finding it increasingly difficult to attract top students to these important research positions. A $50,000 gift is required to establish a fellowship endowment.

Scholarships:

Creating an endowed scholarship allows our institution to attract the finest students, many of whom might not otherwise be able to afford to nurture their talents without the benefit of financial assistance. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit, but also may consider financial need and other factors, if the donor chooses. For example, one may wish to establish a scholarship specifically for students in a particular field of study. Scholarships may be structured as a one-time award or designed to assist students over the entire course of a multi-year degree plan, provided the students meet certain eligibility and academic standards. Scholarships may be named for the donor or to honor any individual the donor chooses.

Lecture Series:

Providing an endowment for a lecture series allows faculty and students to meet and learn from distinguished scholars. Funds from this type of endowment also may be used to finance travel expenses to bring such noted speakers to campus.

Awards and Special Funds:

Endowed awards and special funds are another important tool in recognizing and rewarding achievement with the university. These types of endowments may be designated for specific purposes, such as support of research of special interest to the donor. These endowments also may be used to establish awards for outstanding professors or students, scholarship or student loans or funds may be designated to support laboratories and research facilities. The amount necessary to establish an endowment for an award or special fund varies, depending upon the specific wishes of the donor and the design of the endowment.

* Deferred endowments are accounts that have not yet grown or generated enough interest to fund the intent of the endowment.

  • Martin Bucksbaum Distinguished University Chair in Heart Disease
    K. Lance Gould, M.D.
  • John S. Dunn Distinguished University Chair in Ophthalmology
    Richard S. Ruiz, M.D.
  • Richards S. Ruiz, M.D., Distinguished University Chair
    Robert M. Feldman, M.D.
  • John S. Dunn Distinguished University Chair in Physiology and Medicine
    John F. Hancock, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Jack H. Mayfield, M.D. Distinguished University Chair in Surgery
    Richard J. Andrassy, M.D.

  • Distinguished Chair in Molecular Pathology
    Robert L. Hunter, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.
  • Distinguished Chair in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
    Gustavo Ayala, M.D.
  • John S. Dunn Distinguished Chair in Radiology
    Susan John, M.D.
  • C.R. Bard Inc./Edward J. McGuire Distinguished Chair in Urology
    Steven Canfield, M.D.
  • Roy M. and Phyllis Gough Huffington Distinguished Chair
    James C. Grotta, M.D.
  • Nancy, Clive and Pierce Runnells Distinguished Chair of the Vivian L. Smith Center for Neurologic Research
    vacant
  • Robert A. Welch Distinguished Chair in Chemistry
    John L. Spudich, Ph.D.
  • C.R. Bard, Inc./Edward J. McGuire, M.D. Distinguished Chair in Urology
    Ouida Westney, M.D.
  • Marvin E. Chernosky, M.D. Distinguished Chair in Dermatology
    Ronald Rapini, M.D.

  • Frederic B. Asche Chair in Ophthalmology
    John O’Brien, Ph.D.
  • Elizabeth Bidgood Chair in Rheumatology
    Maureen D. Mayes, M.D.
  • Adriana Blood Chair in Neurology
    Mya C. Schiess, M.D.
  • President George Bush Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine
    Dianna M. Milewicz, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Denton A. Cooley, M.D., Chair in Surgery
    Richard J. Andrassy, M.D.
  • Cecil M. Crigler, M.D., Chair in Urology
    Run Wang, M.D.
  • Dr. Thomas D. Cronin Chair in Plastic Surgery
    vacant
  • John S. Dunn, Sr., Chair in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    William Dowhan, Ph.D.
  • Fondren Chair in Cellular Signaling
    Edgar T. Walters, Ph.D.
  • Joseph C. Gabel, M.D., Chair in Anesthesiology
    Carin Hagberg, M.D.
  • Joe M. Green, Jr. Chair in Ophthalmology
    Richard W. Yee, M.D.
  • Roy M. and Phyllis Gough Huffington Chair in Gerontology
    Carmel Dyer, M.D.
  • Roy M. and Phyllis Gough Huffington Chair in Neurology
    Jaroslaw Aronowski, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Jesse H. Jones Chair in Molecular Biology
    Ann-Bin Shyu, Ph.D.
  • A. G. McNeese Chair in Pediatric Surgery
    Kevin P. Lally, M.D.
  • Elizabeth Morford Chair in Ophthalmology
    Stephen C. Massey, Ph.D.
  • Edward Randall, III Chair in Internal Medicine
    James T. Willerson, M.D.
  • Harvey S. Rosenberg, M.D., Chair in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
    Robert E. Brown, M.D.
  • Pat R. Rutherford, Jr. Chair in Psychiatry
    Jair Soares, M.D.
  • Edward T. Smith, M.D., Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery
    Walter R. Lowe, M.D.
  • June and Virgil Waggoner Chair
    John H. Byrne, Ph.D.
  • Bernice Weingarten Chair in Ophthalmology
    Charles A. Garcia, M.D.
  • Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry
    John L. Spudich, M.D.
  • James T. and Nancy B. Willerson Chair
    David McPherson, M.D.
  • Chair in Childhood Reading and Learning
    vacant
  • Linda K. Finger Chair in Autoimmune and Connective Tissue Diseases
    Filemon K. Tan, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Jack H. Mayfield, M.D. Chair in Surgery
    John Holcomb, M.D.
  • John P. McGovern, M.D. Chair in Medical Humanities
    Thomas R. Cole, Ph.D.
  • C. Frank Webber, M.D. Chair in Family Medicine
    Carlos A. Moreno, M.D.

  • Michelle Bain Distinguished Professorship in Medicine and Public Health
    Jon E. Tyson, M.D., M.P.H.
  • The Children’s Fund, Inc. Professorship in Pediatric Surgery Trauma
    Charles S. Cox, M.D.
  • H. Wayne Hightower Distinguished Professorship in the Medical Sciences David R. Park Professorship in Pediatric Medicine
    Giuseppe Colasurdo, M.D.
  • Roy M. and Phyllis Gough Huffington Distinguished Professorship in Anesthesiology
    Jeffrey Katz, M.D.
  • John P. McGovern, M.D., Distinguished Professorship in Ophthalmology
    Stephen Mills, Ph.D.
  • John Edward Tyson Distinguished Professorship in Cardiology
    S. Ward Casscells, III, M.D.
  • Richard Andrassy, M.D. Endowed Distinguished Professorship
    Kevin P. Lally, M.D.
  • James H. “Red” Duke, Jr., M.D. Distinguished Professorship in Surgery
    Rosemary Kozar, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Jack H. Mayfield, M.D. Distinguished Professorship in Surgery
    Tien Ko, M.D.
  • Vale Asche Russell Distinguished Professorship in Ophthalmology
    Vacant

  • Dr. John T. Armstrong Professorship in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
    vacant
  • Bartels Family Professorship in Neurology
    Jerry S. Wolinsky, M.D.
  • Adriana Blood Professorship in Neurology
    Mya C. Schiess, M.D.
  • George S. Bruce, Jr. Professorship in Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Diseases
    John D. Reveille, M.D.
  • Robert K. Creasy, M.D., Professorship in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
    Allan R. Katz, M.D.
  • Herbert L. and Margaret W. DuPont Professorship in Biomedical Science
    Theresa Koehler, Ph.D.
  • Kraft W. Eidman Professorship in the Medical Sciences
    James A. Ferrendelli, M.D.
  • Gibson and Martha Gayle Professorship in Ophthalmology
    Alice Chuang, M.D.
  • Robert Greer Professorship in the Biomedical Sciences
    Steve Norris, Ph.D.
  • The Berel Held, M.D., Professorship in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
    vacant
  • Emma Sue Hightower Professorship in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
    Sean C. Blackwell, M.D.
  • Theodore R. and Maureen O’Driscoll Levy Endowed Professorship in Cardiology Research
    Francisco Fuentes, M.D.
  • Endowed Professorship in Forensic Pathology
    Luis Sanchez, M.D.
  • John B. Holmes Professorship in the Clinical Sciences
    James H. Duke, Jr., M.D.
  • Josey Professorship in Dermatology
    Ronald Rapini, M.D.
  • Mary W. Kelsey Professorship in the Medical Sciences
    Herbert L. DuPont, M.D.
  • The Michael Matthew Knight Memorial Professorship in Pediatrics
    Susan Landry, Ph.D.
  • Ernest L. Kurth, Jr. Professorship in Ophthalmology
    vacant
  • Alfred W. Lasher, III Professorship in Ophthalmology
    Helen A. Mintz-Hitner, M.D.
  • Stephen A. Lasher Professorship in Ophthalmology
    Judianne Kellaway, M.D.
  • Levit Family Professorship in the Neurosciences
    Jack C. Waymire, Ph.D.
  • John P. McGovern, M.D., Professorship in Oslerian Medicine
    Bryant Boutwell, Dr.P.H.
  • A. G. McNeese, Jr. Professorship in Ophthalmology
    Nicholas P. Bell, M.D.
  • J. Ralph Meadows Professorship in Internal Medicine
    Barbara Murray, M.D.
  • Richard Warren Mithoff Professorship in Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine
    Kathleen Kennedy, M.D.
  • David R. Park Professorship in Pediatric Medicine
    vacant
  • Opal C. Rankin Professorship in Neurology
    Jerry S. Wolinsky, M.D.
  • Griff T. Ross Professorship in Humanities and Technology in Health Care
    Eric Thomas, M.D.
  • Patti Jayne Ross Professorship in Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Patti J. Ross, M.D.
  • Dan and Lillie Sterling Professorship in Clinical Gastroenterology
    Michael B. Fallon, M.D.
  • Jay Brent Sterling Professorship in Cardiovascular Medicine
    Richard W. Smalling, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Walter and Ruth Sterling Professorship in Ophthalmology
    Charles Ericsson, M.D.
  • Dr. Carl V. Vartian Professorship in Infectious Diseases
    To Be Appointed
  • William M. Wheless, III Professorship in Biomedical Sciences
    M. Neal Waxham, Ph.D.

  • Mr. and Mrs. George T. Abell Lectureship in Neurology
  • Harold Cooper Lectureship for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Louis Faillace, M.D., Lecture Series
  • William S. Fields Lectureship in Neurology
  • Robert Gross Lectureship in Pediatric Surgery
  • John H. Harris, Jr., M.D., D. Sc. Endowed Lecture Series
  • Phyllis Gough Huffington Endowed Lecture Series
  • Phyllis Gough Huffington Endowed Lecture Series II
  • Sam and Elizabeth Nixon Visiting Lectureship in Family Practice
  • Grant Taylor Lectureship Endowment Fund
  • James J. and Una T. Truitt Medical Education Endowment
  • Dr. Henry W. Withers Lectureship in Family Practice
  • Walter Kirkendall, M.D., Endowed Lecture Series
  • James T. Willerson, M.D. Endowed Lecture Series

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