Professorships Recently Inaugurated
Max and Buena Lichter made a difference in the lives of thousands of people — Max by caring for patients for 50 years, and Buena through her dedicated volunteer work and philanthropy. To honor their memory, their children — Allen Lichter (M.D. 1972), and his wife, Evie; and Paul Lichter (M.D. 1964, Residency 1968) and his wife, Carolyn — established the Dr. Max and Buena Lichter Research Professorship in Family Medicine. Mack T. Ruffin IV, M.D., a professor of family medicine who researches patient and physician practices relative to cancer prevention, was installed as the first Lichter Professor on November 21.
The John R. Pfeifer Collegiate Professorship in Vascular Surgery was established in 2011 through gifts from multiple donors, including the Pfeifer family. Inaugurated on December 1, the professorship recognizes the achievements of a former Medical School faculty member who founded the Division of Venous Disease — the first such academic division established in the U.S. Pfeifer died in 2009. Professor of Surgery Enrique Criado, M.D., is the first Pfeifer Professor.
Where Fovette Dush saw need, she stepped in to help with little fanfare. Dush, who died in 2010 a few months after her 90th birthday, gave a substantial portion of her estate to the U-M to support neurodegenerative muscular research. The Fovette E. Dush Early Career Professorship was inaugurated December 1, installing Brian C. Callaghan, M.D., an assistant professor of neurology and associate director of the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) clinic, as the first Dush Professor.
Established through the Charles B. de Nancrede Memorial Fund, the Charles B. de Nancrede Professorship in Surgery, inaugurated February 29, honors the founder and head of the Department of Surgery from 1889-1917 and his contributions to the U-M and the medical community. Author of the textbook Essentials of Anatomy and Manual of Practical Dissection, de Nancrede died in 1921. Professor of Surgery and Assistant Dean for Instructional Faculty Kevin C. Chung, M.D. (Residency 1994), is the first de Nancrede Professor.
The Robert Bartlett, M.D., Collegiate Professorship in Pediatric Surgery — inaugurated March 20 — was established through the generosity of alumni, colleagues and friends of Robert H. Bartlett (M.D. 1963), a pioneer in extracorporeal life support. The professorship is named for both Bartlett and his father, Robert M. Bartlett (M.D. 1934, Residency 1939). The first Bartlett Professor is George B. Mychaliska, M.D., an associate professor of surgery, and of obstetrics and gynecology, in the Medical School. —KB