DALLAS – September 18, 2015 – Southwestern Medical Foundation announced the formation of a new advisory group, The Cary Council, at a September 17 kickoff event at Old Parkland. The newly-formed council is dedicated to creating a greater awareness of the mission of the Foundation and UT Southwestern Medical Center among young professionals and emerging community leaders. “We sincerely thank all the new members of The Cary Council for their interest and engagement in understanding the importance of academic medicine to our community,” said Kathleen Gibson, President and CEO of Southwestern Medical Foundation. “The Cary Council, which is a joint initiative of the Foundation and Medical Center, will play an essential role in educating the next generation of community leaders.”
Members of The Cary Council will meet for exciting opportunities to learn and develop expertise about the messages and missions of Southwestern Medical Foundation and UT Southwestern Medical Center.
The Cary Council is named after Dr. Edward H. Cary (1872-1953), who was a founder of Southwestern Medical Foundation and Southwestern Medical College, known today as UT Southwestern. It was Dr. Cary’s vision of advancing medical education and scientific research in the “medical wilderness” of the Southwest. In 1939, he set out on a successful mission to “inspire a great citizenship to greater deeds.”
From the beginning, the Foundation and Medical School were supported by farsighted civic and business leaders who recognized the relationship between bringing a great medical center to Dallas and the growth of a great city. As the Foundation continues to celebrate its 75th anniversary, it is appropriate that The Cary Council is being formed to concurrently take Dr. Cary’s original and important mission forward.
“The Cary Council is made up of some of our region’s smartest, most talented and dedicated young civic leaders,” said Robert B. Rowling, Chairman of Southwestern Medical Foundation. “We are honored to have this new generation of leadership helping the Foundation expand its message about the importance of the education of our doctors, the promises of science-based medical research and its impact on the importance of clinical care. UT Southwestern does this as well as anyone and has a prominent and critical role to play in our state.” Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, President of UT Southwestern Medical Center, said The Cary Council will help the Medical Center carry on its legacy as one of the preeminent medical, research and academic centers in the world.
“While we have accomplished a lot, we won’t rest on our laurels. The Cary Council can help us reach our full potential for the benefit of patients everywhere,” Dr. Podolsky said.
Michael Kahn, a founding member of The Cary Council said, “I know what it is like to receive dreaded news. Imagine if families had to send loved ones across the country instead of holding their hand while they receive care in one of the nation’s best medical centers right here in our city. As smart as UT Southwestern doctors are, and 6 Nobel Laureates certainly qualify, they care just as much. I am proud to lead in the formation of a new group of ambassadors to raise awareness and excitement about the world class efforts at this Medical Center in the heart of Dallas.”
Cary Council attendees joined Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, Bob Rowling, Kathleen Gibson, and Ed Cary, III at the inaugural event at Old Parkland. Members in attendance were: Alex and Michael Kahn, Nancy Allred, Celia Moncrief Browning, Anne and Matt Bush, Annika Cail, Matt Carroll, Lindsey Collins, Lana Constantine, Grace Cook, Pete Dale, Jonathan Dietz, Jessica Epperson, Anders Fisher, Amanda George, Michael Gregory, Chris Hammes, Erika Huddleston, Jacob Jones, Andrew Lauck, Andrew Mack and Alex LoCasto, Lucy and Will Murchison, Lili and Matt Luth, Kate Morris, Anne Pennebaker, Cole Rothwell, Willing Ryan, Josie Sewell, and Amanda Dillard Shufeldt.