The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) received a $1.14 million gift earmarked for its Department of Otolaryngology in the College of Medicine.
The estate of Thomas McGill gifted the funding to UAMS, and the institution will be creating an endowed chair in McGill’s name.
McGill’s mother, Helen McRae Watts McGill, was a patient under Dr. James Suen, the longtime chair of the UAMS Department of Otolaryngology.McGill, along with his three siblings, created the McGill Family Otolaryngology Research Endowment Fundin 1997.
“Our department is grateful to Thomas, Samuel and Josephine McGill for establishing and contributing to the McGill Family Endowment, which supports many of our research projects,” Suen and current Department of Otolaryngology chair Dr. John Dornhoffer said in a joint statement. “They understood the importance of research and wanted this endowment to honor their parents. The funds from this endowment will allow us to make new discoveries that will improve the health care of future generations.”
In addition to the latest gift, the McGill siblings have donated approximately $5 million to the McGill Family Otolaryngology Research Endowment Fund. This funding has created two endowed otolaryngology chairs: the Samuel McGill Otolaryngology Research Chair, held by Dornhoffer, and the Josephine T. McGill Chair in Head and Neck Cancer Research.