The Cary Council’s Kickoff event on February 27, 2024, was an inspiring sneak peek at the bold vision of UT Southwestern Medical Center and Children’s Health. Their recently announced $5 billion pediatric campus is an immense undertaking and will reshape how medical experts care for our most vulnerable patients. Members and guests of The Cary Council were provided a glimpse of what the future of pediatric care will look like in North Texas from two prominent physician leaders.

Jorge A. Bezerra, M.D. (right) Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at UT Southwestern; and Lina Chalak, M.D., Chief, Division of Neonatal-perinatal Medicine at UT Southwestern, answer questions at The Cary Council’s 2024 Annual Kickoff Event

A Passion for Pediatric Care

The highlight of the night was the passion conveyed by two physicians helping to lead this pediatric project: Lina Chalak, M.D., and Jorge Bezerra, M.D. Their talks centered around the groundbreaking initiative by UT Southwestern and Children’s Health to establish a joint pediatric campus in Dallas. With their expertise and passion, they shed light on the transformative impact this venture promises for pediatric health care in our region and how community support is a vital component.

Dr. Bezerra began the night by quoting Southwestern Medical Foundation’s founder, Edward H. Cary, M.D., saying, “I’ve heard this ‘inspire a great citizenship to greater deeds, 1939.’ If you think about it, we are living in that future and now join us in designing the new future.”

“If you think about it, we are living in that future and now join us in designing the new future.”

Jorge Bezerra, M.D.

Dr. Chalak’s enthusiasm for caring for the children of our region – especially the NICU babies – emanated out of her as she expressed, “How much joy and excitement to be able to plan that future together. I’m a neonatal intensivist, and I’m the chief of neonatology, which means I have the best job in the universe just helping babies have the best head start possible and have the best future possible.”

Photo Gallery: The Cary Council Kickoff 2024

Continuing the Momentum

As we reflect on the success of our Kickoff Event, we’re filled with gratitude for the support and enthusiasm of The Cary Council members and guests. Together, we’ve embarked on a journey fueled by innovation, compassion, and collaboration, with the shared goal of making a meaningful difference in medicine. Through The Cary Council’s early-stage research grants, you’ve helped catalyze big ideas into even bigger potential.

Looking ahead, we’re excited to build upon this momentum and expand The Cary Council’s influence and impact, driving positive change in our community and beyond. With your ongoing dedication and involvement, The Cary Council will continue to be a steadfast part of progress in medicine.

Meet Kyle and Erik Yohe

We had the pleasure of showcasing two remarkable members of The Cary Council: Kyle and Erik Yohe. Through their inspiring journey, they embody the spirit of philanthropy and community leadership that defines our organization. Watch as they share their perspective on why they support UT Southwestern and Children’s Health.

Join The Cary Council in Making a Difference

Together, we have the power to shape the future of pediatric care and broader progress in medicine, creating lasting impact for generations to come. Join us in our mission and become a part of something truly extraordinary.