Southwestern Medical Foundation hosted members of the Estate Planning Council for A Focus on Research and Clinical Breakthroughs on Oct. 17 at the T. Boone Pickens Biomedical Building at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Helen Hobbs and Dr. David Johnson spoke at the event about innovations being made at the Medical Center in academic medicine, education and patient care.

“We thank the Estate Planning Council members for their hard work and dedication to endowing the Medical Center and supporting the brilliant faculty who are shaping the world’s understanding of health and medicine,” said Kathleen M. Gibson, President and CEO of Southwestern Medical Foundation.  “We also thank Dr. Johnson and Dr. Hobbs for telling us about all the groundbreaking developments being made in academic medicine and research at UT Southwestern.”

Dr. Hobbs is Professor of Internal Medicine and Molecular Genetics at UT Southwestern Medical Center, holder of the Eugene McDermott Distinguished Chair for the Study of Human Growth and Development  and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator.  She is also Director of the Dallas Heart Study, and she’s received the American Heart Association Clinical Research Prize, the Heinrich Wieland Prize and the 2007 American Heart Association Distinguished Scientist Award. Her work focuses on defining the genetic determinants of plasma lipoprotein levels and cardiovascular risk.

Dr. Johnson is Professor and Chairman of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center and holder of the Donald W. Seldin Distinguished Chair in Internal Medicine. He was named Chair Elect of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Board of Directors in 2012 and serves as the Chair of the ABIM Subspecialty Board for Medical Oncology.  His research interests involve understanding the biology of lung cancer and improving the treatment of this and other solid tumors, and he has played a key role in the development of the new targeted drugs bevacizumab (Avastin) and erlotinib (Tarceva), both of which are now FDA-approved for treating lung cancer.

Members of the Southwestern Medical Foundation/UT Southwestern Estate Planning Council are leaders in the areas of estate and financial planning, particularly in law, accounting, insurance, and wealth management.  They serve as ambassadors in the community through their awareness of clinical and research advances occurring at UT Southwestern and provide advice on efforts to educate the public about planned giving.

One of the simplest and most meaningful gifts you can make to benefit the work of UT Southwestern Medical Center is a gift through your will or trust. To learn more about giving to Southwestern Medical Foundation, contact Randy Daugherty, Director of Planned Giving, at 214-648-3069 or email him at