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Supporting Cardiac Education

Supporting Cardiac Education

The University of Michigan Department of Cardiac Surgery is committed to providing the finest training and education to our residents and fellows, and to recruiting and retaining outstanding teachers and researchers. The training we provide is the basis for developing the physicians, researchers and treatments of the future, and is integral to our mission for excellence in patient care.

Recruiting and retaining outstanding teachers and researchers benefits our patients, residents, fellows and programs. Often this is done through endowed professorships, which can both honor past faculty and protect research time for future faculty. Private donors can have a significant impact on a school or program by making an endowed gift to a professorship, which results in a prominent and permanent investment in the institution. Professorships and fellowships can be named for the donor or someone the donor chooses to honor.

Your gift to support educational efforts within the Department of Cardiac Surgery will make you a partner in the training of future physicians and researchers and will help to continue the legacy of the University of Michigan as the preeminent place among America's great institutions of medicine.

If you are interested in supporting the department of Cardiac Surgery's educational mission, existing professorships, or would like more information about specific efforts, please contact David Doneson at 734.998-7705 or via email at

Professorships and Fellowships in Cardiac Surgery

The Helen F. and Marvin M. Kirsh Professorship

The Kirsh Professorship fosters the goodwill engendered by Dr. Kirsh as he represented his profession with a selfless and undying love and a generous sense of humor. The professorship also facilitates the advancement of cardiac surgery, enabling the continued commitment to the recruitment of many more outstanding faculty and residents.

The Herbert Sloan Collegiate Professorship

The Sloan Professorship honors the career contributions of Dr. Herbert Sloan to the profession of thoracic and cardiac surgery, his scholarly achievements, role as a researcher, and leadership as Section Head of Thoracic Surgery from 1970-1985. The professorship especially recognizes Dr. Sloan's compassion in caring for thousands of patients throughout his career.

The Otto Gago, M.D. Professorship

The Gago Professorship supports the research and clinical efforts of a tenured faculty member in the Department of Cardiac Surgery. The Professorship pays tribute to an exceptionally talented surgeon and educator who began his distinguished career at the University of Michigan and retired as head of the Section of Thoracic Surgery at the Catherine McAuley Health Center/St. Joseph Mercy Hospital.

The Joe D. Morris, M.D. Collegiate Professorship

This Professorship, when completed, will fund a faculty position in the Department of Cardiac Surgery in the name of the late Dr. Morris. Joe Morris was a pioneering surgeon and contributed greatly to innovations in cardiac surgery instrumentation. He was professor of Surgery at the University of Michigan from 1968-1985 and head of Thoracic Surgery at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital from 1971-1985.

Faculty Professorship

An endowed professorship is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a member of our faculty. Professorships are reserved for scholars of national, or even international, stature with highly distinguished records of teaching, research, and publication. Due to a limited number of specialists in complex cardiac surgery, we must discover a means to recruit those with the brightest and best minds and surgical skills in the country. The financial support provided by a faculty professorship is critical for us to continue to perform both leading edge surgical research and to provide the best possible clinical and research training to the next generation of cardiac surgeons.

Fellowship for Clinical Research

An endowed fellowship for clinical research provides the means for an intern or resident to spend an additional year doing research in the area of cardiac surgery. A year dedicated to research, typically in addition to clinical training, is an enriching experience, providing understandings that will be of great value to the student over the course of his or her career. This experience can result in the development of new innovations in cardiac disease treatment and prevention, which are then utilized in clinical practice.