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Office of Development
P.O. Box 1321
Houston, TX 77251-1321
Physical Address:
Office of Development
7000 Fannin, Suite 1200
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: 713-500-3200
Fax: 713-500-3052


An endowed Chair position is a distinction given to high-performing department leaders and senior faculty members. This honor is a valuable retention and recruitment tool that allows the university to recognize the efforts of current educators and researchers, as well as attract leaders in the health science community. A $500,000 gift is required to establish a Chair endowment.

For questions or comments, contact:

Ty Sponberg, Senior Gift Assurance Officer
(713) 500-3210

Below is the current list of endowed chairs:

Endowed ChairFaculty HolderSchoolEndowment Established
Albert and Margaret Alkek Chair in Early Childhood Development Susan H. Landry, Ph.D. Medical School 3/24/2009
A.G. McNeese Chair in Pediatric Surgery Kevin P. Lally, M.D. Medical School 10/7/1982
Bernice Weingarten Chair in Ophthalmology Charles Garcia, M.D. Medical School 11/1/2011
C. Frank Webber, M.D. Chair of Family Medicine Carlos A. Moreno, M.D. Medical School 12/5/1997
Cecil M. Crigler, M.D. Chair in Urology Run Wang, M.D. Medical School 10/11/1991
Chair in Childhood Reading and Learning Vacant Medical School 8/31/2006
Chair in Biomedical Engineering Ponnada Narayana, Ph.D. Medical School 8/29/2008
Cullen Chair in Molecular Medicine Peter A. Doris, Ph.D. Medical School 12/1/2008
Denton A. Cooley, M.D. Chair in Surgery Richard Andrassy, M.D. Medical School 12/4/1986
Dr. Thomas D. Cronin Chair in Plastic Surgery Richard Andrassy, M.D. Medical School 10/9/1986
Edward Randall, III Chair in Internal Medicine  Vacant Medical School 6/16/1983
Edward T. Smith, M.D. Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery Walter R. Lowe, M.D. Medical School 5/11/1995
Elizabeth Bidgood Chair in Rheumatology Maureen D. Mayes, M.D., M.P.H. Medical School 3/11/1997
Fondren Chair in Cellular Signaling Edgar T. Walters, Ph.D. Medical School 5/20/1997
Frederic B. Asche Chair in Ophthalmology John O’Brien, Ph.D. Medical School 9/18/2000
Guy S. Parcel Chair in Public Health Barry R. Davis, M.D., Ph.D. School of Public Health 8/29/2008
Harvey S. Rosenberg, M.D., Chair in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Dr. Robert E. Brown Medical School 2/12/1987
Huffington Foundation Endowed Chair in Nursing Education Leadership Patricia L. Starck, D.S.N., R.N.,  F.A.A.N., Dean School of Nursing 9/30/2011
Isla Carroll Turner Chair in Gerontological Nursing Vacant School of Nursing 10/7/1982
Jack H. Mayfield, M.D. Chair in Surgery John B. Holcomb, M.D., F.A.C.S. Medical School 4/26/2007
James C. Grotta, M.D. Chair in Neurological Recovery and Stroke Elizabeth Noser, M.D. Medical School 3/30/2012
James T. and Nancy B. Willerson Chair David D. McPherson, M.D. Medical School 5/10/2001
Jesse H. Jones Chair in Molecular Biology Ann-Bin Shyu, Ph.D. Medical School 2/12/1997
Joe M. Green, Jr. Chair in Ophthalmology Vacant Medical School 11/29/2004
John P. McGovern, M.D. Chair in Medical Humanities Thomas Cole, Ph.D. Medical School 4/21/2006
John S. Dunn, Chair in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology William Dowhan, Ph.D. Medical School 9/22/1998
Joseph C. Gabel, M.D. Endowed Chair in Anesthesiology Carin A. Hagberg, M.D. Medical School 11/26/1997
June and Virgil Waggoner Chair John H. Byrne, Ph.D. Medical School 6/28/2002
Kozmetsky Family Chair in Human Genetics Eric Boerwinkle, Ph.D., Director Medical School 8/2/2004
Levit Family Chair in the Neurosciences Kevin Rosenblatt, M.D., Ph.D., M.S. Medical School 11/27/2002
Linda K. Finger Chair in Autoimmune and Connective Tissue Diseases Filemon K. Tan, M.D., Ph.D. Medical School 12/16/2008
M. David Low Chair in Public Health Vacant School of Public Health 8/31/2004
Marcus M. Key, M.D.--Shell Occupational and Environmental Health Endowed Chair Vacant School of Public Health 8/7/2013
Mary W. Kelsey Chair in the Medical Sciences Herbert L. DuPont, M.D. Medical School 6/16/1983
Pat R. Rutherford, Jr. Chair in Psychiatry Jair C. Soares, M.D. Medical School 2/12/1982
President George Bush Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine Dianna M. Milewicz, M.D., Ph.D. Medical School 9/23/1998
R. Palmer Beasley, M.D. Chair Vacant School of Public Health 12/17/2012
Roy M. and Phyllis Gough Huffington Chair in Gerontology Carmel Dyer, M.D. Medical School 4/15/1988
Roy M. and Phyllis Gough Huffington Chair in Neurology Jaroslaw Aronowski, Ph.D. Medical School 4/15/1988
Samuel E. Karff, D.H.L. Chair in the John P. McGovern, M.D. Center for Humanities and Ethics Jeffrey Spike, Ph.D. Medical School 6/21/2006
William S. Kilroy, Sr. Chair in Pulmonary Disease Michael R. Blackburn, Ph.D. Medical School 4/4/2003