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Stewart and Marlene Greenebaum with School of Medicine Dean Donald E. Wilson, M.D.
The University of Maryland School of Medicine and the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center recently announced the establishment of the Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Endowed Professorship in Radiation Oncology, the first endowed professorship in the Department of Radiation Oncology.
The $1.5 million gift from Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum, who also provided the initial funding for the cancer center which is named in their honor, will strengthen the resources of the nationally renowned center and its radiation oncology program, already recognized as a center of excellence.
"This department serves as a cornerstone for the cancer center," said William Regine, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology. "Future success will be driven by our radiation oncology program, and our program will be exponentially enhanced by this new endowed professorship."
Mohan Suntha, M.D. is the first recipient of the Greenebaum professorship. The Greenebaum's gift to establish the professorship was inspired by Dr. Suntha, whom Stewart Greenebaum has called "an extraordinary individual and a brilliant scientist and physician." Dr. Suntha is professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and vice chairman of the department of Radiation Oncology at the Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center.
"The fundamental principle of our department is to develop tomorrow's technology," said Dr. Suntha. "This professorship will help us to continue our translational research efforts as we design novel approaches in the management of cancers."
From left: Kevin Cullen, M.D., cancer center director; cancer survivor Carol Filler; Mohan Suntha, M.D.; Marlene Greenebaum; Stewart Greenebaum; James Filler; Dean Donald Wilson, M.D.
Stewart Greenebaum has been a tremendous advocate for the cancer center, spreading the word about the great work being done there. At the reception held to honor the Greenebaums and to celebrate the new professorship in Radiation Oncology, Dean Donald E. Wilson, M.D., presented Greenebaum with a School of Medicine Gold Award, only the second such award ever bestowed by the school.
The reception also featured remarks by Carol Filler, a cancer survivor who related her personal experience of successful treatment as Dr. Suntha's patient in the Head and Neck oncology multidisciplinary program at the cancer center.
For more information about cancer treatment and research at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, call 1-800-888-8823.
For information on giving opportunities, please contact Kathleen Hider, director of philanthropy, at 410-706-0105, or Jill Weitzman Rosenberg, senior associate director of development, UMMS Foundation, at 410-328-7719.