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April 19, 2007

Friendship and expert medical care lead to gift in honor of U-M Health System Urology Department

Ann Arbor entrepreneurs Brian and Mary Campbell endow the David A. Bloom Chair in Urology; first to hold title is J. Stuart Wolf Jr.

ANN ARBOR, MI – Brian Campbell considers David Bloom to be his closest friend, someone he and his wife Mary Campbell describe as a modern-day Renaissance man with an array of eclectic interests.

Professorship PhotoThe Campbells – Ann Arbor-area entrepreneurs – have a connection with Bloom that deepens their connection with the University of Michigan urologist. Four years ago, Bloom advised Brian Campbell to get treatment at U-M for a kidney ailment.

“David has improved the quality of my life through his great friendship,” says Brian Campbell, chairman and chief executive officer of Kaydon Corp. in Ann Arbor. “And the University of Michigan has improved the quality of my health through the expert care they provided me.”

To recognize Bloom’s scholarship and his expertise and skill as a physician as well as his wise counsel and his friendship with them through many years, the Campbells have given a gift of $2 million to fund a professorship and named it in Bloom’s honor. The first physician to hold the title of David A. Bloom Professor in Urology is J. Stuart Wolf, M.D., the surgeon who performed the medical procedure Campbell credits with enhancing the quality of his life.

“This gift from the Campbells will support an area of medicine that is vitally important,” says Robert P. Kelch, M.D., executive vice president for medical affairs and chief executive officer of the U-M Health System. “The professorship will serve as a fine testament to the Campbells’ generosity, and to the great work of Dr. Bloom and Dr. Wolf.”

The tribute to Bloom, newly named the chair of urology at the U-M Medical School, is somewhat unusual in that such professorships normally are named in honor of the benefactors. Mary Campbell – general partner and founder of EDF Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm based in Ann Arbor – says she and her husband were thrilled to have the opportunity to honor their friend rather than naming the designation after themselves.

Bloom says he is humbled by the Campbells’ decision to name the professorship in his honor, and grateful that they have decided to support endowed professorships, which he considers a critically needed component of modern medical education.

“I am deeply honored by their gift. Brian and Mary have done a wonderful thing, but I only wish this would have been the ‘Campbell Professor,’“ Bloom says.

David Bloom, MDWolf, a professor of urology and director of the U-M Medical School’s Division of Minimally Invasive Urology, said: “To receive a named professorship would be honor enough, but to receive one named for such a dear friend and talented colleague, not to mention one established by such an outstandingly generous couple as the Campbells – is the absolute highlight of my career.”

The Campbells have been involved in numerous U-M initiatives, such as the Medical School’s Focus on Achievement series, and they are members of U-M’s prestigious Angell Society.

Mary Campbell has been an active supporter of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at U-M, where she is the alumni manager of the Wolverine Venture Fund. The couple’s Campbell Fund has supported programs at the Ross School. Brian Campbell serves as a member of the U-M Health System Advisory Group and the Museum of Art Council of Friends.

Written by: Mary Beth Reilly

 

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