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Ways to Give to the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at Penn State College of Medicine
The Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery is supported by funds from private philanthropy, institutional grants, and patient service revenue. While every source of funding is important, private philanthropic support is especially vital to the success of our department. Over the years, the generosity of alumni, friends and grateful patients has enabled the department to attract new physicians and surgeon scientists, educate future otolaryngologists, and initiate and facilitate important research projects that have the potential to contribute scientific breakthroughs in our field. This translates to an extraordinary patient experience. Giving makes a difference; thank you for your support!
George H. Conner Alumni Society
Dr. George Conner, founding chief of what is now the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, retired in 1994 after more than 20 years of service. During his tenure, Dr. Conner established a full-time academic, research-oriented division and recruited outstanding faculty with the installment of a residency training program. In recognition of his invaluable impact, the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery is proud to announce the formation of the George H. Conner Alumni Society. Contributions to this newly established Alumni Society will support department expansion and help to provide world-class residency training. Your gift will have a lasting impact in training the next great generation of Otolaryngologists and Head and Neck Surgeons.
Temporal Bone Lab Upgrade Fund
As Penn State Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery moves forward as a growing, world-class department, the importance of modern training equipment and labs for residents is imperative. Gifts to this worthy initiative will support the plans underway to upgrade and double the number of stations in our temporal bone lab.
Otolaryngology Resident Research and Education Fund
Gifts to the Otolaryngology Resident Research and Education Fund support the scientific and educational endeavors of our residents—highly talented physicians, who are receiving training in the field of otolaryngology. Gifts to this fund have been invaluable in providing our residents with the resources they need to present scholarly work and participate in scientific meetings and pursue research endeavors.
Head and Neck Cancer Research Fund
These funds are used to support our head, neck and thyroid cancer research endeavors. The discoveries made here at Penn State College of Medicine and the Hershey Medical Center will lead to substantive improvements in the care otolaryngology patients receive here and around the world.
The Joann and Jack Fornadley Microsurgical Training Lab
The Joann and Jack Fornadley Microsurgical Training Lab is a testament to the Fornadleys' generosity. The Otolaryngology and Plastic Surgery Residency curriculum incorporates small group anatomy teaching sessions focused on improving the resident’s knowledge of surgical anatomy and procedures. This state-of-the-art lab is used to help residents developing skills in microvascular surgical techniques. All residents take these courses to establish the skills necessary for hand-sewn, arterial, and venous anastomoses.
The Annual Ellie Goldenberg Memorial Event
The Annual Ellie Goldenberg Memorial Event provides funds for world-class events and lectures on topics that intersect the fields of medicine and the vocal arts presented by outstanding scientists, artists, scholars and researchers. This fund honors the memory of Ellie Goldenberg (ז״ל), actor, singer, beloved daughter, sister and friend.
George H. and Betty R. Conner Visiting Professor Lecture
The George H. Conner Visiting Professor Lecture provides funds for world class lectures by outstanding scientists, scholars, and researchers in the field of Otolaryngology. This fund honors our founding chair, Dr. George H. Conner, who laid the foundation for today’s success of the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.
George H. and Betty R. Conner Excellence in Otolaryngology Fund
The George H. and Betty R. Conner Excellence in Otolaryngology Fund supports resident and faculty education and research in the Department of Otolaryngology of the Penn State College of Medicine, enhancing programs and new initiatives with an emphasis on funding outstanding residents in the Department.
Upcraft Family Research Endowment
The Upcraft Family Research Endowment, started by M. Lee and Lilian Upcraft, honors the Upcraft Family by providing ongoing financial support to enhance and further clinical cancer research in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.
John R. Fenstermacher Head and Neck Cancer Research Endowment
The John R. Fenstermacher Head and Neck Cancer Research Endowment was started through the fundraising efforts of Peg Fenstermacher, in honor of her late husband John. For many years, Peg has organized and raised funds through an annual golf fundraiser. The endowment supports research efforts focused on head and neck cancer, and honors the late John Fenstermacher, a much-loved father, husband, son and friend.
Carlton E. Hughes Cancer Research Endowment
The Carlton E. Hughes Cancer Research Endowment honors the legacy of the late Carlton E. Hughes by providing financial support for the head and neck cancer research at the Penn State Cancer Institute and the Penn State Division of Head and Neck Surgery. A fitting tribute to Mr. Hughes, the endowment was started through the efforts of Mr. Hughes' wife, Shirley, and his daughter Carlyn.