With support from several grateful former fellows, Bruce Carr, M.D., and his wife Phyllis Carr have established the Professorship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, in Honor of Bruce R. Carr, M.D. at Southwestern Medical Foundation. This professorship will provide funding to a leading faculty member in Reproductive Endocrinology at UT Southwestern Medical Center.
Gratitude is a tremendous driver of progress, as it so often inspires action. We are driven to give back to the organizations and causes that have impacted our lives, and such is the case for Dr. Carr’s professorship.
Serving our Country and a Return to Dallas
Dr. Carr arrived in Dallas in 1971 to begin his residency in Ob-Gyn. Upon completion of his training, he served at the Fifth General US Army Hospital in Bad Cannstatt, Germany. Following that Dr. Paul MacDonald recruited him to return to UT Southwestern to do an REI fellowship from 1978-1980. He joined the faculty in 1980. Although he had many chances to pursue his academic interests elsewhere, he chose UT Southwestern as his long term home base because he saw opportunity. Dr. Carr has dedicated his professional career to UT Southwestern. One of the highlights was being named the holder of the Paul C. MacDonald Distinguished Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
“I explored about 20 different chair positions all over the country, but ultimately I was very impressed with the environment at UT Southwestern. There was a lot of potential to learn. The medical center had a high clinical load, and I could see that leadership was investing deeply in quality research.”
Dr. Bruce Carr
Building a Legacy
Rows of his 400 bound publications line Dr. Carr’s office. He has written four textbooks – one of which was translated into Russian – and a study guide, but his legacy spans both the mind and the heart. Dr. Carr has been a treasured mentor to the forty-five fellows who have worked under his leadership.
There is a mutual admiration society between Bruce and his fellows.
“They respect and admire him and he feels the same. He is so grateful that his program has attracted the best and brightest.”
“When his 70th birthday was coming, they approached me and said they wanted to do something really special to honor him,” said Phyllis, who has been a Chaplain at UT Southwestern since 2011. “We had a party at the house and a lot of the fellows traveled from all over the United States to be there and present the concept that they were establishing a professorship in his honor.”
Between fellows, family, and friends the professorship was funded in the summer of 2018, and Phyllis surprised Dr. Carr with the good news during their 50th wedding anniversary celebration.
Sustaining the Future
Dr. Carr looks upon the progress at UT Southwestern with hope for the future.
“Everything has changed, and we grew with the time,” said Dr. Carr. “The wonderful part about this professorship is that no matter how much the physical campus of UT Southwestern changes, support for this work will exist in perpetuity.”
“Dr. Carr’s influence in each of the essential elements of the academic medical mission has had a far-reaching and lasting impact. As he treated countless patients over almost 50 years, Dr. Carr continued to learn, publish, and attract exceptional fellows. Dr. Carr has now taught generations of future physicians who are well-prepared to treat patients with the leading knowledge that research-based faculty provide. What a tremendous gift Dr. Carr’s work has been, and how appropriate for his friends and family to make this gift in his honor.”
Kathleen M. Gibson, President and CEO, Southwestern Medical Foundation