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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. As of September 1, 2023, a $1 million gift is required to establish a Distinguished Professorship endowment.

Below is the current list of endowed distinguished professorships:

Endowed Distinguished Professorship Faculty Holder School Endowment Established
BCMS Distinguished Professorship in Neurological Disorders and Neurosurgery Nitin Tandon, MD McGovern Medical School 4/9/2022
Beth Toby Grossman Distinguished Professorship in Spirituality and Healing Steven H. Kelder, PhD, MPH School of Public Health 8/30/1996
Bette P. Thomas Distinguished Professorship in Innovative Health Care Delivery Vacant Cizik School of Nursing 5/20/2010
Cheves and Isabella Smythe Distinguished Professorship in Medicine Omowunmi Aibana, MD, MPH McGovern Medical School 11/11/2009
Dorothy T. Nicholson Distinguished Professorship Elda G. Ramirez, PhD, RN Cizik School of Nursing 10/17/2016
Gene C. Stevenson Distinguished Professorship in Dental Education Ana C. Candia Solari Neumann, DDS, MPH, PhD School of Dentistry 12/18/2017
George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation Distinguished Professorship in Cardiovascular Research Vihang Narkar, PhD McGovern Medical School 11/24/2003
Glassell Family Distinguished Professorship Vacant School of Biomedical Informatics 2/14/2021
Graham Distinguished Professorship in Pulmonary Medicine Vacant McGovern Medical School 1/14/2022
H. Wayne Hightower Distinguished Professorship in the Medical Sciences John F. Hancock, ScD, PhD, MA, MB, BChir McGovern Medical School 8/13/1981
Harriet and Joe Foster Distinguished Professorship Tricia A. Zucker, PhD McGovern Medical School 5/20/2016
Jack H. Mayfield, MD Distinguished Professorship in Surgery Tien Ko, MD McGovern Medical School 4/26/2007
James H. "Red" Duke, Jr. MD, Distinguished Professorship in Surgery Charles E. Wade, PhD McGovern Medical School 10/16/1996
Jerold B. Katz Distinguished Professorship for Nursing Research Sandra K. Hanneman, PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Dean for Research Cizik School of Nursing 3/19/2004
Jerold B. Katz Distinguished Professorship in Stem Cell Research Radbod Darabi, MD, PhD McGovern Medical School 11/10/2005
John Edward Tyson Distinguished Professorship in Cardiology Susan T. Laing, MD McGovern Medical School 6/29/2000
John P. McGovern Distinguished Professorship in the School of Nursing Maja Djukic, PhD, RN Cizik School of Nursing 12/18/1998
John P. McGovern Distinguished Professorship in Nursing Vacant Cizik School of Nursing 3/29/1996
John P. McGovern, MD Distinguished Professorship in Ophthalmology Ore-Ofeoluwatomi O. Adesina, MD McGovern Medical School 10/7/2002
John P. McGovern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Endowed Distinguished Professorship Sharon Y.R. Dent, PhD Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences 7/27/2001
John R. Ludington, Jr. DDS, MSD Distinguished Professorship in Endodontics Timothy C. Kirkpatrick, DDS School of Dentistry 7/15/2009
John S. Dunn Distinguished Professorship  João Luciano de Quevedo, MD, PhD McGovern Medical School 9/29/2022
John S. Dunn Distinguished Professorship in Oncology Nursing Vacant Cizik School of Nursing 10/16/1996
Lee and Joseph Jamail Distinguished Professorship in the School of Nursing  Vacant Cizik School of Nursing 5/7/1997
Lee and Joseph Jamail Distinguished Professorship in the School of Nursing  Constance M. Johnson, PhD, RN, FAAN Cizik School of Nursing 5/7/1997
Lee and Joseph Jamail Distinguished Professorship in the School of Nursing  Daphne C. Hernandez, PhD, MSEd, FAAB Cizik School of Nursing 5/7/1997
Louis A. Faillace, MD, Distinguished Professorship Joy M. Schmitz, PhD McGovern Medical School 12/20/2001
Michelle Bain Distinguished Professorship in Medicine and Public Health Jon E. Tyson, MD, MPH McGovern Medical School 5/28/1997
Nancy B. Willerson Distinguished Professorship in Nursing Jennifer Beauchamp, PhD, RN, FAAN Cizik School of Nursing 2/5/2008
Nancy, Clive and Pierce Runnells Distinguished Professorship in Emergency Medicine Bentley J. Bobrow, MD, FACEP McGovern Medical School 3/11/2010
Ralph C. Cooley, DDS Distinguished Professorship in Biomaterials Rade Paravina, DDS, MS, PhD School of Dentistry 6/10/2011
Raul G. Caffesse, DDS, MS, Dr Odont Distinguished Professorship in Periodontics Nikola Angelov, DDS, MS, PhD School of Dentistry 11/3/1995
Richard Andrassy, MD Endowed Distinguished Professorship Lawrence J. Cisek, Jr., MD McGovern Medical School 3/5/2008
Rochelle and Max Levit Distinguished Professorship in the Neurosciences Vacant McGovern Medical School 3/27/1997
Roger J. Bulger, MD Distinguished Professorship Kevin A. Morano, PhD Component-Wide 2/11/1988
Roy M. and Phyllis Gough Huffington Distinguished Professorship Wei Cao, PhD McGovern Medical School 8/30/1999
Sally W. Vernon, PhD Distinguished Professorship in Social Determinants of Health Kayo Fujimoto, PhD School of Public Health 2/10/2017
The Carolyn and William T. Deffebach Distinguished Professorship Philip C. Johnson, MD, FACP McGovern Medical School 2/26/2018
The Children's Fund, Inc. Distinguished Professorship in Pediatric Surgery KuoJen Tsao, MD McGovern Medical School 10/13/1983
The Jerold B. Katz Family Distinguished Professorship in General Internal Medicine Philip C. Johnson, MD, FACP McGovern Medical School 3/8/2018
The Jerry and Maury Rubenstein Foundation Distinguished Professorship in Heart Disease Research Vacant McGovern Medical School 4/7/2004
The Laurence and Johanna Favrot Distinguished Professorship in Cardiology Myriam Fornage, PhD McGovern Medical School 3/29/1996
The William N. Finnegan III Distinguished Professorship in the Dental Sciences John A. Valenza, DDS School of Dentistry 4/11/1985
UTHealth Houston Distinguished Professorship in Neuro-Oncology Vacant McGovern Medical School 8/24/2023
Walter and Mary Mischer Distinguished Professorship in Molecular Medicine Xiaodong Cheng, PhD McGovern Medical School 1/7/1997
William J. Devane Distinguished Professorship Manish N. Shah, MD McGovern Medical School 2/7/2018
Wyatt Ranches Distinguished Professorship in Geriatric and Palliative Medicine  Charles L. Maddow, MD, FACEP McGovern Medical School 8/20/2019
Wyatt Ranches Distinguished Professorship in Geriatric and Palliative Medicine  Andreea S. Xavier, MD McGovern Medical School 8/21/2019
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