Philanthropy

Empathetic support for people living with dementia and their caregivers, a passion for research, and advocacy for destigmatizing memory disorders are some of the many legacies of Daniel Kaufer, MD, who died suddenly in July 2020. Prior to his death, Dr. Kaufer donated a gift to the UW Initiative to...
Local educator, entrepreneur and philanthropist Pleasant Rowland has donated $10 million toward the construction of a new transplant clinic at University Hospital. Rowland lived with kidney failure for almost 20 years before receiving a kidney transplant with our team. Arjang Djamali, MD, professor and chief, Nephrology, and Dixon Kaufman, MD...
Lee Eckhardt, MD, MS, associate professor, Cardiovascular Medicine, has been named the inaugural Gary and Marie Weiner Professor in Cardiovascular Medicine Research. Dr. Eckhardt is a leading cardiologist who has dedicated her research career to the study, treatment and prevention of arrhythmias that cause sudden death syndromes. The professorship provides...
At the Department of Medicine, we conduct research that will advance the medical field. But it takes a lot to make that happen, and it can start with gifts from people who are passionate about finding better ways to treat and ultimately cure disease. Philanthropic gifts contribute to different types...
Jeff and Lynn Bakiares’ remarkable relationship with Didier Mandelbrot, MD, professor, Nephrology—and their overwhelmingly positive experiences with the UW Health kidney transplant program overall—has resulted in the creation of a new endowed professorship. Thanks to a generous gift from Jeff and Lynn Bakiares through the Virginia Lee Cook Foundation, and...
As the largest department within the UW School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH), we are home to 11 subspecialties of internal medicine that focus on the diagnosis and nonsurgical treatment of diseases in adults. Our department is committed to advancing the health of the people of Wisconsin and beyond...
Recently, the medical advancement group at the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association sent a mailing to patients in celebration of National Doctors' Day on March 30, 2020. It offered patients the opportunity to honor their physician through a philanthropic gift or a thank-you message. Gifts received will be used to...
Fond memories of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, coupled with a strong desire to support rheumatology research and education, have inspired Dr. William and Mrs. Betty Yount, pictured at right, to establish a planned gift in the Division of Rheumatology in the UW–Madison Department of Medicine. A nationally acclaimed immunologist and...
On November 7, 2019, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Medicine held an investiture ceremony to honor Loren Denlinger, MD, PhD, the recipient of the inaugural William W. and Judith H. Busse Endowed Professorship in Allergy and Asthma Research. The endowed professorship, which provides annual support to the holder for...
This is the time of the year when the University of Wisconsin–Madison Department of Medicine buzzes with the energy of visits from hundreds of candidates applying for our residency and fellowship programs. From September through January, the best and brightest applicants visit our offices in their finest professional attire for...