(Left to right: Ben Dupree and his sister, Christi Dupree) Ben Dupree and his family have spent years battling the devastating, untreatable disease known as Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD.) With the help of CRISPR gene-editing technology, pioneering research at UT Southwestern is offering the possibility of treating this disease for the first time in history.


Thanks to the unwavering generosity of our donors, 2019 was a year of triumph, hope, and celebration. Our community played a vital role in making 2019 a year of accomplishments and memorable moments. Words cannot express our deep gratitude to all who have joined us in supporting progress and committing to the advancement of health care for all. Here’s a look back at our significant milestones of the year.


(Left to right) James R. Huffines, Kathleen M. Gibson, Daniel K. Podolsky, M.D., Terry and Bob Rowling.

1.        Foundation Leadership

In 2019, we paid tribute to the lasting legacy of our outgoing Chairman of the Board, Robert B. Rowling, celebrating his five years as Chairman and his continued dedication to the mission as Chair of the Campaign for the Brain at UT Southwestern. We welcomed a new Chairman, James R. Huffines, who has served in leadership as a Trustee since 2011. The Foundation also welcomed four new outstanding Trustees: Timothy P. Costello, Sarah K. Miller, Matthew S. Ramsey, and Sam L. Susser, and 11 new Honorary Trustees.




2.    Growth

Our community has generously committed to sustaining our mission by endowing essential research, scholarships, and faculty support for decades. The Foundation has grown significantly in size and impact through growth in both current giving and endowed giving. The Annual Campaign kicked off on North Texas Giving Day, which placed Southwestern Medical Foundation in the top 10 on the official leaderboard. The year 2019 was a great year to celebrate the legacy of T. Boone Pickens and his generous commitment to endowing lasting progress in medicine. During the year, Southwestern Medical Foundation and UT Southwestern committed funds to meet the $500 million Pickens challenge grant and form a new $500 million endowment to sustain excellence at UT Southwestern.

The Southwestern Medical Foundation team attending the 2019 Family Philanthropy Festival at NorthPark Center in Dallas, Texas.



The latest issue of Southwestern Medical Foundation’s magazine features perspectives from leading experts on CRISPR technology.

3.        Perspectives: The CRISPR Revolution

In December, Southwestern Medical Foundation unveiled its latest Perspectives issue, “The CRISPR Revolution.” The latest edition of the Foundation’s magazine features the gene-editing technology of CRISPR and its revolutionary impact on humanity. The magazine includes contributions from 15 top leaders, providing deep insight into the history, science, ethics, and dilemmas  surrounding a revolutionary new technology.


(Left to right) Marc Diamond, M.D., Eric Olson, Ph.D., and William Dauer, M.D.

4.       Leading Conversations

On October 1, 2019, Southwestern Medical Foundation continued its speaker series, Leading the Conversation on Health.“On the Cusp: Innovation and Commercialization in Neurodegenerative and Neuromuscular Disease” at UT Southwestern Medical Center was moderated by William T. Dauer, M.D., the inaugural director of the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute at UT Southwestern. Speakers Marc Diamond, M.D. and Eric Olson, Ph.D. delighted the audience with their discussion of breakthroughs on innovation.


2019 Ho Din Award winner Dr. Bethany Werner, M.D., at UT Southwestern Medical School Commencement Ceremony.

5.       Scholarship

In 2019, the Ho Din Award was presented to Dr. Bethany Werner. The Ho Din Award, instituted by Southwestern Medical Foundation in 1943, recognizes those who embody the qualities inherent in all great physicians— medical wisdom combined with human understanding. It represents the ideals and aspirations on which the school was built and continues to be the highest honor bestowed on a UT Southwestern medical student.

UT Southwestern Graduation Ceremony.

The Foundation doubled the funds saved for student scholarships in 2019, supporting needed funding for medical education in North Texas.


(Left to right) Amanda Eagle George, Event Co-Chair, Michael Kahn, Chairman, Lana Constantine, Event Co-Chair.

6.    Young Leaders

Through engaging programming like the Learning from Leaders speaker series and behind-the-scenes experiences at UT Southwestern, The Cary Council made substantial progress in engaging a new generation of community leaders. The Cary Council experienced significant growth, building momentum leading up to its five-year anniversary in September 2020. Please mark your calendars for The Cary Council’s signature fundraising event:  An Evening with DocStars on April 17, 2020. Click here for tickets and sponsorships.


What Inspires You?

Above all, 2019 was an opportunity to tell the extraordinary stories of hope and discovery that your gifts make possible. We look forward to 2020, knowing your support will continue sustaining remarkable progress in medicine.