The Cary Council is dedicated to advancing early stage research at UT Southwestern, in partnership with Southwestern Medical Foundation. Through engaging programming, they are catalyzing a new generation of community leaders and working to raise awareness of the important cause of academic medicine, research, and medical education in our community.

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.

Since its founding in 2015, The Cary Council has provided 12 $50,000 grants to early stage researchers, resulting in $6.8 million in seed funding. Additionally, The Cary Council has been able to participate along with esteemed leaders and philanthropists in the community to contribute to UT Southwestern’s Campaign for the Brain in support of the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute.

To make a gift to support the Cary Council’s efforts to continue to fund innovation and scientific breakthroughs please click the button below.

Steering Committee

Amanda George
Chair

Josie Sewell
Membership Chair

Amanda Shufeldt
Membership Chair

Grafton Ifill
Integration Chair

Mills Weinmann
Integration Chair

Lana Constantine
Philanthropy Chair

Pete Dale
Philanthropy Chair

Grace Cook
An Evening with DocStars Chair

Brittny Allred
Programming Chair

Jacob Jones
Cary Award Chair

Founder’s Circle

Michael Kahn
Annika Cail
Michael Gregory
Anders Fisher
Kate Morris
Nancy Collins


Recent News and Events

Evening With DocStars: Cary Council Awards Grants

August 12, 2021 – The Cary Council recently announced grant recipients of funds raised to support early-stage research from their 2021 “An Evening with DocStars at Home” event. The interactive nature of the 2021 celebration sustained the distinguishing characteristics of past An Evening with DocStars events, while following guidance from public health officials. Stations along the drive-thru route provided guests with several giveaway items, including swag bags, gourmet treats, coloring activities for children, and take-home science kits designed by former grant recipients and inspired by the research they are conducting in their respective labs.

The Cary Council’s An Evening with DocStars at Home Drive-Thru Celebration

May 7, 2021 – The Cary Council, a group of emerging young leaders who support the missions of Southwestern Medical Foundation and UT Southwestern Medical Center, announced grant recipients of funds raised to support early-stage research from their 2021 An Evening with DocStars at Home event, held on Saturday, May 1. Thanks to sponsors and supporters of this special drive-thru celebration, The Cary Council was able to provide significant grants to three early-career researchers at UT Southwestern.

Cary Council Announces An Evening with DocStars on May 1

February 28, 2021 – The 2021 An Evening with DocStars will take place on May 1. The Cary Council will host this year’s event as a safe, yet interactive, drive-thru pick-up party on the UT Southwestern campus for ticketholders and sponsors

Cary Council Highlights Evidence-Based Culinary Medicine Program at UT Southwestern Through Virtual Cooking Event

January 26, 2021 – In collaboration with Southwestern Medical Foundation and UT Southwestern, the Cary Council hosted a virtual holiday cooking lesson highlighting the latest findings from research in culinary medicine.

Cary Council Marks 5th Anniversary via Virtual Celebration

December 16, 2020 – Members of the Cary Council joined together to celebrate five years of impact in fundraising for early-stage research at UT Southwestern and to welcome incoming Chair, Amanda George. The group also heard updates from previous grant recipients and honored its founder, Michael Kahn, for his leadership and generosity.

Meet Our DocStars

April 17, 2020 – Despite 2020’s An Evening with DocStars being postponed due to COVID-19, The Cary Council raised enough to award grants to three young investigators at UT Southwestern.

Learning from Leaders: Kenneth A. Hersh

February 27, 2020 – A community leader and businessman shares lessons he’s learned along the path to success.