Donor Stories

Behind every gift to UT Southwestern Medical Center is a story. These stories inspire us to search for new lifesaving treatments, deliver personalized care to our patients, and provide superb training to the researchers, physicians, and health care providers who are the future of medicine. Watch a short video then read more about the generous supporters who make our work possible.

Nick and Erin Borzellino with their son, Giorgio

Family foundation battles common childhood neurological disorder

When their son Giorgio was born, heightened parental instincts immediately kicked in for Erin and Nick Borzellino. They sensed their son’s development was not normal as he began missing significant childhood milestones.

Dr. Bernard Chaiken

Donor leaves personal legacy through student scholarship fund

Dr. Bernard Chaiken retired at the age of 89 after a rewarding career as a gastroenterologist, running a private practice in New Jersey for more than 60 years. He is a proud alumnus, graduating in 1949 from Southwestern Medical College, and has created a fund to support scholarships for students enrolled at UT Southwestern.

Investor Richard Rainwater

Bartolucci family supporting endocrinology, Medical School education

For Dr. Enrico Bartolucci, whose own medical practice is dedicated to dental implantology and periodontics, it was a personal experience that piqued his interest in endocrine surgery.

Investor Richard Rainwater

Rainwater Charitable Foundation triggering tau investigations

Investor Richard Rainwater received a devastating diagnosis in 2009. The Fort Worth native was suffering from progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), a fatal and incurable brain disease.

Longtime UT Southwestern supporters Tom and Jean Walter

Walters provide $1M to support multiple sclerosis research

A common and easy-to-use eye scanning technique is making waves in the fight against multiple sclerosis (MS).

A former Dallas County judge who also served on the Dallas City Council, the Honorable Garry A. Weber

Clinical experiences drives support of urologic PA program

A former Dallas County judge who also served on the Dallas City Council, the Honorable Garry A. Weber has known about UT Southwestern Medical Center’s distinguished reputation for years.

Dr. Kim Orth

Once Upon a Time… provides far-reaching support for groundbreaking work

Demonstrating its commitment to UT Southwestern Medical Center and recognizing the institution’s mission to conduct impactful medical research and provide the most advanced clinical care, charitable foundation Once Upon a Time… has recently donated $10 million in support of research being led by several faculty members across campus.

Dr. William Laurence “Larry” Thornton

Gift honors Major’s legacy and supports underserved depression patients

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1971, Nicholas Major went on to build a successful clothing manufacturing career in Dallas. However, the depth of his mental illness – specifically clinical depression – negatively affected his quality of life and hindered his ability to enjoy social interactions and create lasting relationships.

Adelyn and Edmund M. Hoffman

Hoffman Center advancing work in genetics, epidemiology

For decades Adelyn and Edmund M. Hoffman were champions of UT Southwestern Medical Center and its commitment to medical excellence and dedication to discovery.

Joanie Hatcher, 1996 Olympic Torch Run

Joanie Hatcher Memorial Survivor Symposium celebrates 20th year

Established by the Jim & Joanie Hatcher Charitable Trust in 1996, the Joanie Hatcher Memorial Survivor Symposium celebrated its 20th anniversary on Sept. 17 at UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Tom and Lula Gooch Auditorium.

Rex Griswold (seated) is joined by (from left) Dr. Steven Vernino, Traci Griswold, Rex Griswold Foundation President, Tom Hipwell, Anne Lacey, and Dr. Pravin Khemani

Patient-driven foundation champions MSA work

Traci Griswold operates under no illusions: “I know that it’s too late for us,” she said. A disease that few people have even heard of has already transformed her once-vibrant, successful husband into a man in a wheelchair who slurs his words and can’t feed himself … and it will almost certainly kill him.

Nancy Wiener Marcus

Marcus gift supports pancreatic cancer efforts

Public perception of pancreatic cancer is a dire one. That’s with good reason, as the disease’s vague symptoms and its location deep in the abdomen rarely results in early diagnosis.

Dick and Jacqueline Grote

Renowned performance management expert establishes endowment for leadership development

After receiving care from Dr. Amit Khera, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Director of UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Preventative Cardiology Program, Dick and Jacqueline Grote began searching for ways to express their immense gratitude.

Dr. Jerry Shay, Ryan T. Rogers, and Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky (left to right)

Mary Kay Foundation Professorship Honors Dr. Jerry Shay

Recognizing one of UT Southwestern’s well-respected researchers for his vision and guidance, The Mary Kay Foundation recently donated $250,000 to establish the Distinguished Professorship in Women’s Cancer Research in Honor of Jerry Shay, Ph.D.

Gayle and Paul Stoffel, treated UTSW medical students to an intimate tour of their private art collection

Gayle and Paul Stoffel, treated UTSW medical students to an intimate tour of their private art collection

Longtime UT Southwestern supporters and leading art collectors, Gayle and Paul Stoffel, treated UTSW medical students enrolled in the Art of Observation course to an intimate tour of their private art collection.

Dr. Paul Tiwana, Associate Professor of Surgery and Neurological Surgery

Sinn Chair honors longtime Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery faculty member

Dr. Douglas Sinn became an internationally recognized leader in the advancement of pediatric craniofacial health over his 30-year career at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Dr. Bertrand S. Moore

Fund for Pancreatic Cancer Research honors Moore’s legacy, research of Beg 

Dr. Bertrand S. Moore’s career as a psychologist spanned 35 years, during which his leadership and foresight were vital to the growth and success of UT Dallas’ School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Dr. Mathew Augustine

PRC honors Augustine, Volk as distinguished researchers

Sons of the Flag, a Dallas-based nonprofit organization supporting burn survivors, has pledged $100,000 in funding for research fellowships in the Department of Surgery’s Division of Burns, Trauma, and Critical Care.