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Ellen & Ron Caplan Endow Directorship

09/30/16

Jefferson Receives $2.5 Million to Support Integrative Medicine

Ron Caplan

Daniel Monti, MD, MBA, is named the inaugural Ellen and Ron Caplan Director of the Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine through a $2.5 million gift to Thomas Jefferson University from Philadelphia real estate developer Ron Caplan which will boost Jefferson’s growing integrative health program. Caplan’s donation will be matched dollar for dollar by the Kimmel Match, a program designed to encourage philanthropy in medical education and made possible by the Sidney Kimmel Foundation’s landmark $110 million gift to Jefferson, made in June of 2014.

"This is a great honor and comes at an exciting time for integrative medicine at Jefferson, as we expand our reach," said Dr. Monti. "We are incredibly fortunate to have a donor like Ron Caplan to advance our research and programs in integrative medicine. His guidance and support have been invaluable to us over the years.”

Dr. Monti serves as Senior Vice President at Jefferson and Director of the Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine, one of the nation’s leading clinical, academic and research centers for integrative medical care. He has authored dozens of scholarly publications in the field, and is the recipient of numerous research grants to test cutting-edge, innovative therapies.

“My wife Ellen and I chose to make this gift because we believe in the importance of personalized medicine,” Caplan said. “The physicians at Jefferson treat the whole patient, providing a truly unique - and effective - kind of care.”

The Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine in Philadelphia and the new Brind-Marcus Center in Villanova, Pa., due to open in November, are physician-based medical practices, committed to putting the patient first by focusing on proactive wellness, rigorously researching the most promising treatments and integrating them into a plan of care individualized for each patient. Services include targeted nutrient therapies, integrative management of chronic illnesses, integrative neurology, preventive health and wellness programs, acupuncture and oriental medicine, mind-body treatments, executive health, mindfulness-based stress reduction, integrative cardiology and hormonal balancing.

The endowment behind the Ellen and Ron Caplan Directorship will be critical in advancing new research and education in integrative health by funding seed projects and supporting the development of new academic programs. In particular, the directorship will help the Center leverage Jefferson’s specialty in neuroscience to treat patients with head injuries, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases. Caplan has supported Jefferson for many years, including previous major contributions to the Myrna Brind Center. He also serves as a member of the Myrna Brind Center’s Advisory Board. A native of New England, Caplan is founder and president of PMC Property Group. Under his strategic direction, the company has become the largest owner/operator of rental units in the city of Philadelphia. He studied business management at Northeastern University before relocating to the Philadelphia area and launching his career in real estate development.