Please note that the 2020 An Evening with DocStars event has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 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 creating a greater awareness of the mission of Southwestern Medical Foundation and UT Southwestern among young professionals and community philanthropists in the Greater Dallas Area to advance the important cause of academic medicine, research and medical education in our community.

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News and Events

February 27, 2020 – Learning from Leaders: Kenneth A. Hersh, 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 (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 (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.

March 29, 2018 – Find Your Calling: Josie 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.

February 20, 2018 – Learning from Leaders: James Huffines, legendary philanthropist and businessman shares his insights on leadership with The Cary Council.

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

October 10, 2017 – An Evening with DocStarsThe Cary Council holds its inaugural fundraising event to support young UT Southwestern investigators.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

September 17, 2015 – Kickoff Event at Old Parkland 

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

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