Philanthropy at the University

Distinguished Professorship

Distinguished Professorship funds support faculty as their skills are honed and their reputations as teachers and scientists grow. Designed to honor outstanding faculty members for their accomplishments, these position are another key factor in recruiting and retaining exceptional scholars. A $250,000 gift is required to establish a Distinguished Professorship endowment.

For questions or comments, contact:

Ty Sponberg

Senior Gift Assurance Officer
(713) 500-3210
e-mail: Edward.Sponberg@uth.tmc.edu

Below is the current list of endowed distinguished professorships:

Endowed Distinguished ProfessorshipFaculty HolderSchoolEndowment Established
Beth Toby Grossman Distinguished Professorship in Spirituality and Healing Steven H. Kelder, Ph.D., M.P.H. School of Public Health 8/30/1996
Bette P. Thomas Distinguished Professorship in Innovative Health Care Delivery Vacant School of Nursing 5/20/2010
Cheves and Isabella Smythe Distinguished Professorship in Medicine Tanvir K. Bell, M.D. Medical School 11/11/2009
George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation Distinguished Professorship in Cardiovascular Research Ali J. Marian, M.D. Medical School 11/24/2003
H. Wayne Hightower Distinguished Professorship in the Medical Sciences Giuseppe N. Colasurdo, M.D. Medical School 8/13/1981
Herbert L. and Margaret W. DuPont Distinguished Professorship in Infectious Diseases Vacant School of Public Health 7/30/2009
Herbert L. and Margaret W. DuPont Distinguished Professorship in Biomedical Science Theresa M. Koehler, Ph.D. Medical School 5/30/2005
Jack H. Mayfield, M.D. Distinguished Professorship in Surgery Tien Ko, M.D. Medical School 4/26/2007
James H. "Red" Duke, Jr. MD, Distinguished Professorship in Surgery Rosemary Kozar, M.D., Ph.D. Medical School 10/16/1996
Janice Davis Gordon Distinguished Professorship for Bowel Cancer Research Qingyun Liu, Ph.D. Medical School 8/04/2004
Jerold B. Katz Distinguished Professorship for Nursing Research Sandra K. Hanneman, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., Associate Dean for Research School of Nursing 3/19/2004
Jerold B. Katz Distinguished Professorship in Stem Cell Research Naoki Nakayama, D.Sc. Medical School 11/10/2005
John Edward Tyson Distinguished Professorship in Cardiology Susan T. Laing, M.D. Medical School 6/29/2000
John P. McGovern Distinguished Professorship in Addiction Nursing Vacant School of Nursing 12/18/1998
John P. McGovern Distinguished Professorship in Nursing Patricia L. Starck, DSN,R.N., F.A.A.N., Dean School of Nursing 3/29/1996
John P. McGovern, M.D. Distinguished Professorship in Ophthalmology Stephen Mills, Ph.D. Medical School 10/7/2002
John P. McGovern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Endowed Distinguished Professorship Michael Blackburn, Ph.D. Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences 7/27/2001
John R. Ludington, Jr. D.D.S., M.S.D. Distinguished Professorship in Endodontics Peter DiFiore, D.D.S., M.S. School of Dentistry 7/15/2009
John S. Dunn Distinguished Professorship in Oncology Nursing Terri S. Armstrong, Ph.D. School of Nursing 10/16/1996
Lee and Joseph Jamail Distinguished Professorship in the School of Nursing #1 Janet Meininger, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N. School of Nursing 5/7/1997
Lee and Joseph Jamail Distinguished Professorship in the School of Nursing #2 Mara M. Baun, D.N.Sc., R.N., F.A.A.N. School of Nursing 5/7/1997
Lee and Joseph Jamail Distinguished Professorship in the School of Nursing #3 Duck-Hee Kang, PhD, RN, F.A.A.N. School of Nursing 5/7/1997
Lorne Bain Distinguished Professorship in Public Health and Medicine Barbara C. Tilley, Ph.D. School of Public Health 5/28/1997
Michelle Bain Distinguished Professorship in Medicine and Public Health Jon E. Tyson, M.D., M.P.H. Medical School 5/28/1997
Nancy B. Willerson Distinguished Professorship in Nursing Vacant School of Nursing 2/5/2008
Nancy, Clive and Pierce Runnells Distinguished Professorship in Emergency Medicine James J. McCarthy, M.D. Medical School 3/11/2010
Ralph C. Cooley, DDS Distinguished Professorship in Biomaterials Rade Paravina, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D. School of Dentistry 6/10/2011
Raul G. Caffesse, D.D.S., M.S., Dr. Odont. Distinguished Professorship in Periodontics Nikola Angelov, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D. School of Dentistry 11/3/1995
Richard Andrassy, M.D. Endowed Distinguished Professorship Kevin P. Lally, M.D. Medical School 3/5/2008
Roger J. Bulger, M.D. Distinguished Professorship George M. Stancel, Ph.D. Component-Wide 2/11/1988
Roy M. and Phyllis Gough Huffington Distinguished Professorship Jeffrey Katz, M.D. Medical School 8/30/1999
The Children's Fund, Inc. Distinguished Professorship in Pediatric Surgery Charles S. Cox, Jr., M.D. Medical School 10/13/1983
The Jerry and Maury Rubenstein Foundation Distinguished Professorship in Heart Disease Research Ba-Bie Teng, Ph.D. Medical School 4/7/2004
The Laurence and Johanna Favrot Distinguished Professorship in Cardiology Myriam Fornage, Ph.D. Medical School 3/29/1996
Vale Asche Russell Distinguished Professorship in Opthalmology Vacant Medical School 11/29/2004
Walter and Mary Mischer Distinguished Professorship in Molecular Medicine Vacant Medical School 1/7/1997