Helping to improve the surgical care and treatment of individuals following illness or injury
Each year, nearly 11 million individuals are wheeled through the doors of an operating room, where a team of specialists performs one of the scores of medical procedures. Some are routine, others astoundingly complicated. But all require the greatest skill and compassion of a surgeon. Despite the many wonderful surgical advances witnessed in our lifetime alone, there is still much to be discovered. Your gift to the Surgical Research Fund leads us on this path of discovery that will result in promising new surgical techniques and a great quality of life for individuals following illness or injury.
As one of the major departments within the College of Human Medicine, the Department of Surgery is a leading force in setting the standard of excellence in patient care, medical education, and research. Its strength rests in a large part on the College’s community- based approach to medicine. Members of our surgical faculty work to provide patient care, teach medical students and residents, and engage in research to increase knowledge and ensure the best possible surgical care for the people of Michigan.
Our faculty are nationally and internationally recognized for research that has added new dimensions to patient care. Contributions to the Surgical Research Fund support research that focuses on ways to improve diagnosis, speed healing, reduce pain, lower costs, and increase surgical knowledge.
Your gift to the Surgical Research Fund will help to offset the high costs associated with research. But most importantly, your support holds great promise for the future health care needs of you, your children and your loved ones.
For all the help your gift provides, it costs surprisingly little because contributions to the Surgical Research Fund may be tax deductible and may qualify for tax credit on Michigan income tax returns.
Contributions to the Surgical Research Fund of Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine help:
- Generate the knowledge needed to better control serious health problems such as cancer, heart disease, organ system failure, infections and traumatic injuries.
- Enhance patient care through the creation of medical, educational and supportive programs initiated by Michigan State University’s surgical faculty.
- Improve facilities and purchase state-of-the-art equipment to support research investigation.
- Train future surgeons in promising new surgical techniques that ensure optimal care for individuals requiring surgery.
Here are just a few of the research areas in which your support can make a significant difference:
- Breast Cancer
- Vascular Disease
- Reconstructive Surgery
- Surgical Nutrition
- Education & Training for Tomorrow’s Surgeons
- Laparoscopic Techniques
Special Gift Opportunities
Honorariums and Memorials
Gifts to the CHM Surgical Research Fund may be given in memory of a loved one or in honor of someone who has significantly touched your life. For each gift, a letter will be sent naming you as the donor.
The amount of your gift will not be mentioned.
MSU Gift Clubs
To publicly recognize donors whose cumulative gifts have reached significant levels, Michigan State University has established five donor recognition groups:
- Presidents Club – Gifts or pledges of $10,000 and above.
- Beaumont Tower Society – Gifts or pledges of $25,000 and above.
- John A. Hannah Society – Gifts or pledges of $50,000 and above.
- MSU Benefactors – Gifts or pledges of $100,000 and above.
- Frank S. Kedzie Society – Gifts or pledges of $1 million or more.
Other Major Gift Opportunities
The College of Human Medicine Development Office would be pleased to discuss other gift opportunities with you. These include the establishment of a permanent, named endowed fund to honor or memorialize an individual or family, beginning at $20,000; a multi-year pledge; and/or the desire to include the Surgical Research Fund in your estate plans.
For more information on any of the above-mentioned gift opportunities, please call the CHM Development Office at 517/353-5153.
The Department of Surgery would be pleased to provide further information on any of its research programs and initiatives. If you are interested in learning more about your giving opportunities, please call 517/353-5153.