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February 28, 2021 – Cary Council Announces An Evening with DocStars on May 1 | The 2021 An Evening with DocStars will take place on May 1. The Cary Council will host this year’s event as a safe, yet interactive, drive-thru pick-up party on the UT Southwestern campus for ticketholders and sponsors – VIDEO | An Evening with DocStars 2021

January 26, 2021 – Cary Council Highlights Evidence-Based Culinary Medicine Program at UT Southwestern Through Virtual Cooking Event | In collaboration with Southwestern Medical Foundation and UT Southwestern, the Cary Council hosted a virtual holiday cooking lesson highlighting the latest findings from research in culinary medicine – Press release | D Magazine article (Feb. 8, 2021)

December 16, 2020 – Cary Council Marks 5th Anniversary via Virtual Celebration | Members of the Cary Council joined together to celebrate five years of impact in fundraising for early-stage research at UT Southwestern and to welcome incoming Chair, Amanda George. The group also heard updates from previous grant recipients and honored its founder, Michael Kahn, for his leadership and generosity – Press release | Dallas Innovates article (Jan. 11, 2021) | People Newspapers article (Feb. 2, 2021)

April 17, 2020 – Meet Our DocStars | Despite 2020’s An Evening with DocStars being postponed due to COVID-19, The Cary Council raised enough to award grants to three young investigators at UT Southwestern – Read more

February 27, 2020 – Learning from Leaders: Kenneth A. Hersh | A community leader and businessman shares lessons he’s learned along the path to success – Photos


May 21, 2019 – UT Southwestern Lab Tours: Breakthrough Prize Winner Dr. Chen | Members of The Cary Council enjoyed a reception and brief program by Dr. Chen, 2019 Breakthrough Prize winner, followed by interactive lab tours – Photos

February 21, 2019 – Learning from Leaders: Chief David Brown | Beloved former Police Chief of Dallas, David Brown, shares his thoughts on leadership in our city and leadership during crisis – Read more | Photos


October 25, 2018 – An Evening with DocStars | The Cary Council hosts its second annual fundraising event to support early stage research of young investigators at UT Southwestern – Read more | Photos

May 3, 2018 – Lab Tours of the O’Donnell Brain Institute | Faculty of the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute hosts The Cary Council for lab tours. – Photos

March 29, 2018 – Find Your CallingJosie Sewell, member of The Cary Council, provides personal perspectives on what inspires her to give back and her biggest takeaways from the Council’s discussion with James Huffines – Read more

February 20, 2018 – Learning from Leaders: James Huffines | Legendary philanthropist and businessman shares his insights on leadership with The Cary Council – Read more | Photos


November 6, 2017 – Backstage with the DocStars | The Cary Council announces funding of all three young UT Southwestern investigators from the proceeds raised at An Evening with DocStars – Photos

October 10, 2017 – An Evening with DocStars | The Cary Council holds its inaugural fundraising event to support young UT Southwestern investigators – Read more | Photos

January 18, 2017 – Learning From Leaders: A Discussion with Lyda Hill | One of Dallas’ most influential philanthropists shares her wisdom and advice with Cary Council members – Read more | Photos


November 16, 2016 – Regrowing the Human Heart | A presentation by Dr. Eric Olson makes a personal connection with a Council Member – Read more | Photos

September 29, 2016 – Learning from Leaders: Changing The Game In Care And Treatment of The Brain | A discussion with Dr. Madhukar Trivedi and Julie Hersh – Read more | Photos

April 22, 2016 – Nourishment for the Mind and Body | Dallas philanthropist and longtime friend and supporter, Margaret McDermott hosted The Cary Council in her home for a viewing of her art collection and a discussion lead by Dr. Helen H, Hobbs, Director of the McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development, and Director of the Dallas Heart Study. Dr. Hobbs was the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences.

February 15, 2016 – The Cary Council Event with Harlan Crow | Chairman and CEO of Crow Holdings – Read more | Photos


December 4, 2015 – Formation of The Cary Council Inspires Awareness and Growth | by Kathleen Gibson, President & CEO, Southwestern Medical Foundation – Read more

September 17, 2015 – Kickoff Event at Old Parkland | Read more

September 17, 2015 – Foundation Announces Formation of The Cary Council | Read more

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Our Inspiration

In 1939, Dr. Edward H. Cary had a vision to advance medical education, scientific research, and “inspire a great citizenship to greater deeds.” It was a vision that led to the establishment of both the Foundation and Southwestern Medical College, the precursor to today’s UT Southwestern Medical Center.

From the beginning, the Foundation and the medical school were supported by the city’s most farsighted civic and business leaders. What the Foundation has been able to achieve, it has done through the commitment of visionary leadership—a commitment that has helped build a great city while delivering life-changing advances in patient care, medical discoveries, dedicated physicians and brilliant scientists.

Through The Cary Council, the warmth of the relationship between civic leaders, the Foundation and UT Southwestern taps a new generation of leadership—young men and women that will carry on the visionary tradition that has enabled both the Foundation and the medical school to flourish.

Our Mission

The Cary Council is dedicated to advancing early stage research at UT Southwestern, in partnership with Southwestern Medical Foundation. Through engaging programming, they are catalyzing a new generation of community leaders and working to raise awareness of the important cause of academic medicine, research, and medical education in our community.

For more information about The Cary Council, please contact us at or 214-351-6143.

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