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Endowed Lectureship

In Memory of Eunice G. John, MD Heading link

The Eunice G. John, MD, Endowed Lecture has been established in memory of a revered leader in kidney transplant innovations and outcomes. She was known for advancing the nephrology field by teaching and mentoring. This fund to bring experts to the UIC campus to share their groundbreaking ideas has been established in the name of Dr. John, who herself was sought after throughout the world as an invited speaker. She received such funding as CkID and NIH grants for her research, which resulted in many publications. She used such roles as being chief of pediatric nephrology and medical director of pediatric transplant at UI Health to help others to succeed. As a testament to her excellence, she received 15 teaching and mentoring awards, more than 15 service awards, and 5 patient care awards from UI Health. Her impressive record of scholarly activities includes being the first Chicago physician to start long-term peritoneal dialysis and to use the double lumen catheter of hemodialysis in children in the early 1980s, as well as being on a team that performed the first pediatric living-donor bowel transplant. This lectureship will continue her tradition of exchanging dynamic ideas.

The Eunice G. John, MD, Endowed Lecture to Carry On the Legacy of a Revered Teacher and Mentor

In Memory of Ira M. Rosenthal, MD Heading link

Dr. Ira M. Rosenthal (1920-2002) graduated from Indiana Medical School in 1943. After completing an internship at Lincoln Hospital in New York, he joined the Army and eventually reached the rank of battalion surgeon. He also served as a psychiatrist and trained in pathology. Ultimately, he made pediatrics his career and did his residency at Fordham Hospital and New York Medical College, followed by a year of residency in contagious disease. He began in a private pediatric practice, but in 1953 he accepted a faculty position in the Department of Pediatrics at University of Illinois at Chicago. In 1963, he was appointed professor of Pediatrics. In 1967, Dr. Rosenthal accepted the position of Director of Pediatrics at Cook County Hospital. From 1973 to 1982, he was Head of the Department of Pediatrics at University of Illinois at Chicago. He retired in August 1990.

Dr. Rosenthal published many journal articles describing new findings and syndromes. Subjects varied from infectious diseases to metabolism, genetics to immunology, calcium metabolisms to infantile spasms, and renal disease to abruption of teeth. Dr. Rosenthal finally focused his interests in genetics and endocrinology.

Dr. Rosenthal made significant contributions to the City of Chicago and State of Illinois. For example, he was founding member of the Advisory Committee on Genetics and Metabolism Diseases for the state. He participated in the activities of numerous other organizations, including local and national chapters of the March of Dimes. He was also president of the Chicago Pediatric Society. Among his many recognitions were the Raymond Allen Award, Brenneman Award, Albert Pisani Award, and Fomon Peterson Award.