Invested Faculty 2017

  • Neil Aronin, MD, professor of medicine, radiology and RNA therapeutics, co-director of the Neurotherapeutics Institute; and chief of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, was awarded The Higgins Family Professorship in Neuroscience. 
  • Fen-Biao Gao, PhD, professor of neurology, was awarded The Governor Paul Cellucci Chair in Neuroscience Research. 
  • Mark D. Johnson, MD, PhD, chair and professor of neurosurgery, was awarded The Maroun Semaan Chair in Neurosurgery.
  • Marian Walhout, PhD, professor of molecular medicine and co-founder of the Program in Systems Biology, was awarded The Maroun Semaan Chair in Biomedical Research. 
  • Job Dekker, PhD, professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, co-direcotr of the Program in Systems Biology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, was awarded The Joseph J. Byrne Chair in Biomedical Research 
  • Heather Campbell Forkey, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, director of the Foster Children Evaluation Service (FaCES) and chief of the Division of Child Protection for the UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center, was awarded The Joy McCann Professorship for Women in Medicine.
  • Michael J. Thompson, MD, clinical professor of medicine and chief of the diabetes clinical research organization and outpatient clinic for the Diabetes Center of Excellence, was awarded the Herman G. Berkman Chair in Diabetes Care Innovation. 
  • Brian Silver, MD, vice chair and professor of neurology, was awarded The Endowed Chair in Neuroscience Research. 
  • Justin A. Maykel, MD, associate professor of surgery, was awarded The Gladys Smith Martin Chair in Oncology. 

Click here to see a full list of all invested UMMS faculty. 

Investiture Ceremony

Investiture honors members of our faculty who have been appointed to named professorships and the generous donors who made these appointments possible. The first Investiture Ceremony was held in 1999 when there was such an extraordinary roster of honors to bestow that a new celebratory event to reflect this achievement was created. Today, there are 40 named professorships, a sign of the growth and maturity of the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Investiture Ceremony
 

Investiture is both a formal, academic ceremony and a warm, personal interaction. Recipients are recognized for their professional accomplishments, and donors, for their generous support. The two are symbolically linked when the donor presents a medallion signifying the appointment to the faculty member. The ceremony ends with the roll call of named professors, some of the finest scholars, scientists, teachers and researchers in the world.

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Endowments, precious and essential resources for the institution, increase UMass Worcester’s ability to attract and retain individuals distinguished in their fields. Named professorships also provide an opportunity for donors to contribute to the enrichment and vitality of the institution’s academic and scientific environment.

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The new chairs bring the total of named professorships and chairs endowed at UMass Medical School to 41. Precious and essential resources for the institution, endowments increase the institution’s ability to attract and retain individuals distinguished in their fields. Named professorships also provide an opportunity for donors to contribute to the enrichment and vitality of the academic and scientific environment.

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