Endowed & Term Professorships
Tufts University School of Medicine celebrates the continuing achievements of its named professors.
Endowed and Term Professorships at the School of Medicine
American Cancer Society (Massachusetts Division) Professorship in Molecular Biology
Ekaterina Heldwein, PhD
This professorship was established in 1968 by the American Cancer Society (ACS)'s Massachusetts Division. Founded in 1913, the ACS is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. The professorship is held by a senior faculty researcher whose research focuses on the field of cellular differentiation and growth and leads to the better understanding of cellular processes, including those aberrant processes which contribute to cancer. In addition, the holder takes an active part in teaching medical students and post-graduate medical students in his or her special fields of competence and helps in the coordination and integration of cancer teaching.
American Cancer Society Research Professorship
John M. Coffin, PhD
This professorship, supported by the American Cancer Society's national program, provides funding to a full-time, mid-career investigator who has made seminal contributions to cancer research and who provides leadership in his or her research area.
Benjamin Andrews Chair in Surgery
Michael E. Tarnoff, MD
This professorship was established in 1985 through an estate gift from Benjamin F. Andrews, M1914, and his wife, Catherine M. Andrews, with support from the TMCA Foundation. Dr. Andrews was a prominent physician in Worcester, Mass., and former chief surgeon at Worcester City Hospital. The Andrews Chair supports an outstanding surgeon whose principal clinical appointment is at Tufts Medical Center.
Harvey B. Ansell Professorship in Dermatology
Fei-Shiuann Clarissa Yang, MDCM
This professorship was established in 2003 through a gift from the Harvey B. Ansell Trust. Harvey B. Ansell, M32, served as clinical instructor in dermatology at the School of Medicine from 1952 through 1965. Dr. Ansell and his wife, Pauline, endowed this professorship to commemorate his long relationship with the school and his successful dermatology practice. The Ansell Professorship supports an outstanding faculty member from the School of Medicine’s Department of Dermatology.
Dr. Frances S. Arkin Chair in Psychiatry
Paul Summergrad, MD
This professorship was established in 1992 through an estate gift from Frances S. Arkin, J1925, M1929, for the benefit of the Department of Psychiatry at the School of Medicine. A Boston native, Dr. Arkin was a noted psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who founded the first psychoanalytic training program at New York Medical College in 1944, where she was a faculty member for 24 years. She was also past president of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis.
Dr. Robert C. and Veronica Atkins Professorship in Metabolism and Nutrition
Andrew S. Greenberg, MD
This professorship was established in 2006 by the Dr. Robert C. and Veronica Atkins Foundation to support the teaching and research efforts of an outstanding investigator seeking to understand the complex biology of metabolism—especially as it relates to diabetes, nutrition and obesity—and to develop new treatment strategies for these conditions. The Atkins Professor provides international leadership in the study of metabolism at Tufts University and serves as a strong proponent of metabolic research, clinical and research training, and patient care, with a goal of positively impacting the health of individuals in the community and beyond.
Henry H. Banks Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery
Charles Cassidy, MD
This professorship was established in 1978 by friends and colleagues of Henry Banks, M45, J74P, AG74P, in recognition of his professional accomplishments. Dr. Banks was the first full-time Chairman of Orthopaedics to be based at the School of Medicine, after benefitting from the tutelage of renowned physicians and researchers at Beth Israel Hospital, Children’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, where he was Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery. He served in leadership positions with the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and the American Orthopaedic Association. Dr. Banks was appointed dean of the School of Medicine in 1983, becoming dean emeritus and professor emeritus in 1990.
George A. Bates Professorship in Histology
James E. Schwob, MD, PhD
This professorship was jointly established in 1926 as a memorial to Dr. George A. Bates, AG1904, D1905 (1847-1925) by the alumni associations of Tufts School of Medicine and Tufts School of Dental Medicine to fund a professorship in histology benefitting both schools. Dr. Bates was professor of Histology at Tufts’ Medicine and Dental Medicine schools. He graduated from Boston Dental College in 1889 with the degree of DDS and received his MS in 1904 and DMD (extra ordinem) in 1905 from Tufts College. An inspiring and dedicated teacher, his interests were broad, and he strove to both widen his students’ intellectual horizons and their compassion. In addition to his teaching, Dr. Bates also conducted histological and embryological research, and he ran a private dental practice in Salem and Auburndale, Mass.
Paul and Elaine Chervinsky Professorship in Immunology
Jane F. Desforges, MD, Chair in Hematology and Oncology
Rachel Buchsbaum, MD
This professorship was established in 1998 by the Pratt Medical Group Inc. in honor of distinguished faculty member and alumna Jane F. Desforges, M45 (1921-2013). A renowned hematologist, Dr. Desforges was an authority on anemia, specifically sickle-cell disease and Hodgkin’s lymphoma. A recipient of several teaching awards at Tufts and the first woman to receive the American College of Physicians’ Distinguished Teacher Award, Dr. Desforges cared deeply for her students and her patients. The Desforges Chair supports an outstanding School of Medicine faculty member whose work strengthens teaching and research capabilities in the areas of hematology and oncology.
Louisa C. Endicott Professorship in Medicine
Richard I. Kopelman, MD
This professorship was established in 1950 by Samuel Clapp Endicott in memory of his mother, Louisa. Mr. Endicott was a musician and composer who served as an interpreter for the Department of Justice during World War I and later as head of the language department at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Mass.
Alice Ettinger – Jack R. Dreyfuss Chair in Radiology
This professorship was established in 1998 primarily through an estate gift from radiologist Jack Dreyfuss, M51, and other friends and colleagues in honor of longtime Tufts radiology professor and pioneer, Dr. Alice Ettinger (1889-1993). Dr. Ettinger helped to bring new X-ray techniques to diagnose gastrointestinal illness to the United States. She was the first radiologist-in-chief of New England Medical Center (now Tufts Medical Center) and the School of Medicine’s first chair of radiology, where she taught for more than 50 years. Dr. Jack Dreyfuss was a major figure in the clinical practice of radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital for 25 years. He was known as a meticulous gastrointestinal radiologist and an outstanding teacher of the art of fluoroscopy. Dr. Dreyfuss was Dr. Ettinger’s first resident in the U.S.
Dr. Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman Professorship in Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine
Mark J. Sarnak, MD, MS
Andrew S. Levey, MD (emeritus)
This professorship was established in 2000 by the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman New York Foundation for Medical Research for the chief of the Division of Nephrology at New England Medical Center (now Tufts Medical Center). Dr. Gerald J. Friedman was a pioneer in the field of clinical nutrition and advocate for nutrition’s role in preventing illness who also specialized in cardiology, diabetes and metabolism, endocrinology and internal medicine. He and Mrs. Dorothy R. Friedman believed in the importance of giving back and were involved with several health-related causes at Tufts and elsewhere. The Friedman Professorship supports operations for clinical care, research, and education in nephrology within the William B. Schwartz Division of Nephrology at Tufts Medical Center.
Dr. Jane Murphy Gaughan Professorship
Joyce A. Sackey, MD
This professorship was established in 2018 through a gift from Gerard Gaughan, MD, M71, in memory of his wife, Dr. Jane Murphy Gaughan. The Gaughans have championed diversity and several efforts to support underrepresented students at Tufts and other institutions. This professorship is meant to be awarded to a physician leader who is responsible for diversity initiatives and programs at the School of Medicine.
Annetta and Gustav Grisard Professorship in Neuroscience
Philip G. Haydon, PhD
This professorship was established in 2008 through the generosity of Annetta Grisard-Schrafl, J94P, a Tufts international advisor and university trustee emerita, and her spouse, Gustav Grisard, PhD, J94P, to further strengthen Tufts’ ability to recruit excellent biomedical faculty. The Grisard Professorship supports an outstanding neuroscientist at the School of Medicine.
Jaharis Family Chair in Family Medicine
Wayne Altman, MD
This professorship was established in 2000 by pharmaceutical industry leader Michael Jaharis, M87P, H15; his wife, Mary, M87P; son and family medicine physician, Steven, M87; and daughter, Kathryn; through the Jaharis Family Foundation, Inc. The Jaharis Family Chair supports an outstanding physician and advocate in the area of family medicine.
Sara Murray Jordan Professorship in Medicine
Karen Freund, MD, MPH
This professorship was established in 1954 by the Theodore Edson Parker Foundation and colleagues in honor of Sara Murray Jordan, M1921, H43 (1884-1959). A world-renowned gastroenterologist, Dr. Jordan was a founding member of the Lahey Clinic in Boston, Mass., and in charge of its Department of Gastroenterology from 1923 until her retirement in 1958. She also served on the Tufts University Board of Trustees from 1951 to 1959. Physician, scientist, and mother, she exemplified the best in her varied career.
David and Leona F. Karp Professorship in Pediatrics
Geoffrey Binney Jr., MD, MPH
This professorship in pediatrics was endowed in 1984 by David Karp, M34, and Mrs. Leona F. Karp in honor of Dr. Karp’s 50th reunion from Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Karp practiced pediatrics in Quincy, Mass., for 45 years. He was a senior instructor in pediatrics at the School of Medicine and served on the staff of the Floating Hospital for Infants and Children of New England Medical Center.
Ghahreman Khodadad Professorship in Neuroscience
Louis Lasagna, MD, Professorship
David J. Greenblatt, MD
This professorship was established in 1997 by the Behrakis Foundation, G.D. Searle & Co., and other friends and colleagues of Louis Lasagna, MD (1923-2003), dean of the Tufts Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences from 1984 to 2002 and founder, and director of the Center for the Study of Drug Development from 1984 to 1998. Dr. Lasagna was often called the “father of clinical pharmacology,” largely a result of his considerable teaching and research in the field following the publication of his groundbreaking article in the American Journal of Medicine in 1954 in which he showed that taking a pill, even one containing no medication, can have a “placebo effect.”
Morton A. Madoff, MD, MPH, Professorship in Public Health and Community Medicine
Aviva Must, PhD
This professorship was established in 1999 by Tufts Health Plan to honor the many contributions that Morton Madoff, MD, MPH (1927-2009), made to Tufts Health Plan from its inception in the early 1970s to the present time. Dr. Madoff served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Tufts Health Plan from 1978 to 1998, was professor and then chairman of the School of Medicine’s Department of Community Health from 1974 to 1992, and served as dean of the School of Medicine from 1992 to 1995. An educator, physician, public health leader, and innovator, Dr. Madoff was a distinguished and greatly admired member of the Tufts community.
Elisa Kent Mendelsohn Professorship in Molecular Cardiology
Iris Jaffe, MD, PhD
This professorship was established in 1998 by New England Medical Center (NEMC) and the School of Medicine to support the executive director of the Molecular Cardiology Research Institute at NEMC (now Tufts Medical Center). In 2006 the fund was renamed the “Elisa Kent Mendelsohn Professorship in Molecular Cardiology” in memory of the daughter of the chair’s inaugural holder, Dr. Michael Mendelsohn.
Louis E. Phaneuf Teaching and Research Professorship in Gynecology
This professorship was established in 1959 in memory of Louis Eusebe Phaneuf, M1913, by his friends and colleagues. Renowned within the field of gynecology, Dr. Phaneuf was professor of gynecology at the School of Medicine for over 40 years. Leader of and surgeon in the Department of Gynecology at Carney Hospital, he served as consultant to no fewer than thirteen hospitals in the Boston area. Among the many honors bestowed upon Dr. Phaneuf by Tufts were an honorary Doctor of Science degree and the Distinguished Service Award. In 1938, he was made an Officer of the Order of the Crown by King Leopold of Belgium.
Maurice S. Segal, MD, Chair in Medicine
Nicolaos E. Madias, MD, FASN
This professorship was jointly established by the School of Medicine and St. Elizabeth's Hospital, one of its major teaching hospitals, in honor of Maurice S. Segal, A1928, M32, A65P (1907-1988). Dr. Segal, an internationally recognized pioneer in the field of inhalation therapy and respiratory care, was pivotal in the development of one of the earliest lung stations in the nation for respiratory care and research. His contributions to teaching and research at Tufts spanned a period of 40 years and led to his appointment as professor emeritus in 1973.
Arthur E. Spiller, MD Professorship
Caroline Attardo Genco, PhD
This professorship was established in 2015 with an estate gift from Arthur E. Spiller, A34, M38. Dr. Spiller practiced ophthalmology in Needham, Mass., for many years and was professionally associated with the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, the V.A. Regional Office, Boston City Hospital, and Holy Ghost Hospital in Cambridge, Mass. The Spiller Professorship supports an outstanding biomedical researcher-educator at the School of Medicine who demonstrates expertise in the field of genetics.
Edith Rieva and Hyman S. Trilling Professorship
John Leong, MD, PhD
This professorship was established in 2016 through a gift from Hyman S. Trilling, A28, J57P, A62P, AG67P, and Edith Rieva Trilling, J57P, A62P, AG67P. A businessman with an economics degree from Tufts, Mr. Trilling founded Hub Cash and Carry Groceries, frozen fishery company Boston Bonnie Inc., and Boston Bonnie Bakers Inc. Long interested in the concerns of the elderly, he and Mrs. Trilling founded the Trilling House assisted living center in Randolph, Mass., and were also benefactors of the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for the Elderly. The Trilling Professorship supports an outstanding scholar-educator at the School of Medicine whose research is related to geriatrics or aging.
Tufts Health Plan Professorship in Health Care Policy Research
Signe Peterson Fieger, PhD, MSW
This professorship was established in 2016 by Tufts Health Plan to emphasize the commitment of the Health Plan, which serves over one million members throughout New England, to promoting research that explores the intersection between health care policy and the practice of high-quality, patient-centered care. Accordingly, this faculty development position supports a faculty member at the assistant professor level whose expertise is in health care policy.
Weiner Hailey Family Professorship
Margie R. Skeer, ScD, MPH, MSW
This professorship was established in 2019 by Ken Weiner, MD, A73, M77, Anita Hailey, and their family. A national expert in the treatment of eating disorders, Ken Weiner is executive chairman and founding partner of Eating Recovery Center, a behavioral healthcare system for the treatment of eating disorders with 30 locations in seven states. The Weiner Hailey Family Professorship is held by a faculty member studying addiction prevention and intervention to support his or her teaching, research, service, and other activities. Additionally, the family established the Weiner Hailey Family Research Fund to support the Weiner Hailey Family Professor’s research activities.
Kenneth and JoAnn G. Wellner Professorship
Pilar Alcaide, PhD
Jamie L. Maguire, PhD
This professorship was established in 2018 through a gift from JoAnn Wellner, Esq., J63. A trustee emerita of Tufts University, Ms. Wellner’s long involvement with her alma mater has also included serving as chair of the university libraries’ Board of Overseers; as founding chair of the Friends of Tufts Libraries; on the Board of Advisors for the School of Arts & Sciences; and as chair of the Board of Advisors for the School of Medicine. Ms. Wellner’s gift commemorates her late husband, Kenneth Wellner, and his inspiring optimism in the face of great difficulties. The fund can either support a professorship for a senior faculty member, or two faculty development professorships, at the School of Medicine.
Charles M. Whitney Clinical Professorship in Urology
Gennaro A. Carpinito, MD
This professorship was established in 1977 with an estate gift from Charles M. Whitney, MD. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Whitney served on the Tufts faculty from 1903- to 1932, achieving the rank of professor of Urology. The Whitney Professorship supports an outstanding faculty member from the Department of Urology.
Sheldon M. Wolff Professorship in the Department of Medicine
Deeb N. Salem, MD
This professorship was established in 1995 by New England Medical Center (now Tufts Medical Center), Dr. Charles A. Dinarello, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Tupper, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Moreira Salles, the Abbott Fund, and other close friends of Sheldon M. Wolff, MD, M83P. Dr. Wolff, a renowned expert on infectious and inflammatory diseases, served as physician-in-chief of New England Medical Center from 1976 until his untimely death in 1994. The Wolff Professorship supports an outstanding contributor to internal medicine who emulates Dr. Wolff’s leadership as a clinician, teacher, and investigator.
Natalie V. Zucker and Milton O. Zucker Chair in Rheumatology
Timothy E. McAlindon, MD, MPH
This professorship was established in 1998 with support from Milton Zucker, M30, Natalie V. Zucker, MS, Tufts University, New England Medical Center (NEMC), and Pratt Medical Group. The Zuckers were ardent supporters of Tufts University School of Medicine throughout their lives. The Zucker Chair in Rheumatology is meant to fulfill the vision that the Division of Rheumatology and Arthritis Center continue to be internationally recognized affiliates of NEMC (now Tufts Medical Center) and the School of Medicine, committed to quality care and excellence in research.
Natalie V. Zucker Professorship
Claire Moore, PhD
This professorship was established in 2001 by psychologist Natalie V. Zucker, MS. Discouraged from becoming a physician by her physician father, Mrs. Zucker’s passion was to support women at Tufts University School of Medicine, the alma mater of her husband, Milton Zucker, M30. The Zucker Professorship is designated for an outstanding female scholar and teacher at the School of Medicine, selected from any discipline, who is willing to be a role model and mentor for other women at the School of Medicine.