Jefferson has established the Richard W. Hevner Professorship in Computational Medicine, named for the transformational emeritus chair of the Board of Trustees.
The inaugural holder of this professorship will be Isidore Rigoutsos, PhD, director of Jefferson’s Computational Medicine Center and a thought leader in the field of computational genomics.
The professorship was funded by a lead gift of $300,000 from the Methodist Hospital Foundation, a $50,000 contribution from Stephen K. Klasko, president and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, and Colleen Wyse, and through generous contributions from Jefferson’s executive team and management.
“Rick has been a voice for change and a key catalyst for numerous initiatives that have positioned Jefferson as the health and higher education institution of the future,” said Mark L. Tykocinski, MD, provost of Thomas Jefferson University and the Anthony F. and Gertrude M. DePalma Dean, Sidney Kimmel Medical College. “During his tenure as board chair, TJU and TJUH were reunited, creating the One Jefferson we are today. In addition, Rick led the enterprise through a period of immense growth, overseeing our mergers with Abington, Aria, Philadelphia University and Kennedy.”
Rigoutsos, who holds appointments in the departments of Pathology, Anatomy and Cell Biology, Cancer Biology, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, has more than 20 patents on novel analytic techniques and algorithms used to automatically identify molecular structures.
Jefferson will announce a recognition ceremony for the donors and the official investiture in spring 2018.