Office of Institutional Advancement

Donor Stories

Philanthropy has played a significant role in Jefferson’s successes since the University’s founding in 1824. Contributions from our most loyal supporters have provided the resources to help Jefferson become a national leader in research, education and patient care.

Jefferson Receives $20 Million Farber Gift


The gift will be used to expand programs in Jefferson’s Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience.



The grant establishes Marcus Integrative Health at the Myrna Brind Center - Villanova.



Rodney D. Bell, MD was invested as the first Lynne and Harold Honickman Professor of Neurology.

Jefferson Receives Landmark $110M from the Sidney Kimmel Foundation
The single largest gift in Jefferson's history will benefit Jefferson Medical College.

Two Faculty members Names as Holders of Rothman Institiute Endowed Professorships
William J. Hozack, MD, was named the Walter H. Annenberg Professorship in Joint Replacement Surgery, and Gerald R. Williams, Jr., MD, was named the John M. Fenlin, Jr., MD, Professorship in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery.

Sidney Cohen, MD, Names First Holder of J. Edward Berk, MD Professorship in Medicine
Berk, MD '36, earned international recognition for his contributions to the field of gastroenterology. Cohen is also a world-renowned gastroenterologist.

Celebrating the Life of Mary Halinski
In honor of Mary, his late wife of 32 years, Bob Halinski established a pancreatic cancer research fund at Jefferson.

Jefferson Welcomes Rieders Family to Campus
Throughout the years the Rieders family has supported Jefferson through many gifts.

Sarah Parvin Foundation Donates $50,000 for Ovarian Cancer Research
The check, presented May 12, 2014, will benefit research conducted by Jonathan Brody, PhD.  

Kathleen E. Squires, MD, Invested as the W. Paul & Ida Havens Professor of Infectious Diseases
Sons Peter and John Havens and their wives, Louise and Wendy, established the professorship in honor of their parents W. Paul Havens, Jr., MD, and Ida.

Jefferson Receives $55,000 from Colon Cancer Coalition
In celebration of March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, Jefferson received proceeds from the 2013 Get Your Rear in Gear Race.

Alan S. Hilibrand, MD, Named Joeseph M. & Marie H. Fiel Professor of Spinal Surgery
The Fields established the professorship to support research involving spinal injuries and disorders.

Klein Gift Supports Jefferson Center for Refugee Health
Stephen Klein, a longtime supporter of Jefferson, recently made a $50,000 gift in honor of Richard C. Wender, MD.

Jefferson Hosts First Sean Hogan Memorial Lecture
Patty Anne Hogan established the lecture in honor of her husband who lost his battle with biliary cancer in 2013.

The Ripple Effect Results in $110,000 Gift
A gift from the Hugh L. Adams, Hugh Trumbull Adams and Mary Trumbull Adams Fund will be used to purchase medical equipment.

Jefferson Researcher Receives $50,000 for Breast Cancer Research
The PA Breast Cancer Coalition grant will go toward studies on ways to block the spread of breast cancer.

Medical College '58 Alumnus Endows Professorship of Clinical Skills
Dale D. Berg, MD, is the first recipient of the G. Fritz Blechschmidt, MD, Professor of Clinical Skills.

Joe & Marie Field Gift Establishes Professorship in Spinal Surgery
The Joseph M. and Marie H. Field Professorship in Spinal Surgery will support research involving spinal injuries and disorders.

Armenian General Benevolent Union Gift Expand Program
A $1 million gift supports Jefferson's Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging and Treatment Center and expands clinical services for patients.

Mary Kline Classic Benefits Brain Cancer Research
Alex Kline, founder of the Mary Kline Classic, presents the Jefferson Foundation's Stephen Smith with a check for brain cancer research.

Jefferson Employee Donates $7,500 on Behalf of the Schwartz Foundation
Jonah Selber directed the gift to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where he has worked as an office assistant in the information systems department since 1997.

Get Your Rear in Gear Philadelphia Benefits Colon Cancer Research
Get Your Rear in Gear colon cancer walk benefits research at Jefferson. A check for $50,000 from last year's walk was presented to Jefferson in March.

The Sarah Parvin Foundation Builds a Legacy of Hope Against Ovarian Cancer
The Sarah Parvin Foundation presented Jefferson with a check for $50,000 to support ovarian cancer research in surgery.

Major Gift Establishes Jane & Leonard Korman Lung Center
Jane and Leonard Korman provide support through the Jane and Leonard Korman Family Foundation to establish the Jefferson — Jane and Leonard Korman Lung Center.

Lubert Family Endows Professorship in Cardiology
A University trustee from 2005 through 2011, Ira Lubert became an avid supporter of Jefferson’s cardiology team after witnessing the compassionate care they provided his mother when she was ill.

Lynne & Harold Honickman Establish Professorship in Neurology
Rodney D. Bell, MD, professor of neurology, will be invested at a ceremony in June 2014.

Art & Gail Pasquarella Support Jefferson Transplant Institute
The Pasquarellas had more than one reason to support transplant services at Jefferson.

Keller Donation Supports GI Education
The $41,000 gift will enable faculty and fellows of the Institute to attend educational conferences and conduct research.

Jefferson Receives $100,000 Grant for Pancreatic Cancer Research
Gail Coleman's generous grant in memory of her husband Kenneth M. Bruntel has enabled two innovative studies at Jefferson.

Michael P. Savage, MD, Named Ralph J. Roberts Professorship of Cardiology
The endowed professorship was made possible through generous donations from the families of Lawrence S. Smith and John R. Alchin, former co-chief financial officers of Comcast Corp.

Kenichiro Hasumi Endows Professorship in Medical Oncology
Takami Sato, MD, PhD, was invested as the first K. Hasumi, MD, Professor of Medical Oncology at a ceremony on March 6th, 2013.

MU Medical Student House Association Memorializes Jefferson Urologist with Scholarship & Lectureship
The sale of of a medical fraternity chapter house in Philadelphia establishes the Paul Zimskind, MD '57, PhD Scholarship Fund and Memorial Lectureship in Urology.

Peter H. & Louise A. Havens & John P. and Wendy d. Havesn Establish Professorship in Infectious Disease
Kathleen Squires, MD, division director for infectious diseases in the Department of Medicine, will be the first physician invested as the W. Paul and Ida H. Havens Professor.

Jeannie M. Beach & Dr. James D. Beach Memorial Scholarship Lunch
This year’s Jennie M. Beach and Dr. James D. Beach Memorial Scholarship recipients were recently honored at the annual Beach Memorial Scholarship Luncheon.

Jane & Leonard Korman Endow Professorship in Pulmonary Medicine
Gregory Kane, MD ’87, invested as the first Jane and Leonard Korman Professor of Pulmonary Medicine at a ceremony on May 9, 2013.

Grants from the Parkinson Council Further Patient Care & Research at Jefferson
Jefferson's Departments of Neurology and Neuroscience will use the grants to treat and better understand Parkinson's disease.

Fund a Cure Gives Gift to Pancreatic Cancer Research
Fund A Cure for Pancreatic Cancer donated $47,000 to pancreatic cancer research at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals.

Surprising Ties Between the Titantic *Hematology Research at Jefferson
The namesake of Jefferson's Cardeza Foundation for Hematologic Research has a noteworthy history — including surviving the Titanic sinking in 1912.

Jefferson Department Gifts Supports Breast Cancer Quality of Life Fund
Employees and friends of Jefferson Facilities department raise more than $5,300 to support breast cancer care.

Physicians Aid Association of the Delaware Valley Supports JMC Students
The $70,000 generous gift supports JMC scholarships.

Susan Donahue Honors Husband with Endowed Lectureship in the Department of Surgery
Susan Donahue has made a gift to establish the Philip E. Donahue, MD, Lectureship in Benign Gastrointestinal Diseases.

The Baxter Family Foundation Creates the Hemant J. Desai, MD Fellowship in Neonatology
The Baxter Family Foundation pledges to create the Hemant J. Desai, MD Fellowship in Neonatology

Ellen & Ron Caplan Endowment Directorship
The endowment behind the Ellen and Ron Caplan Directorship will be critical in advancing new research and education in integrative health