Clement A. Finch, M.D. Endowed Professorship in Hematology
The Clement A. Finch, M.D. Endowed Professorship in Hematology was created from an earlier fund: the Clement A. Finch, M.D. Endowed Visiting Professorship. This visiting professorship was created in 1983 with gifts that multiple individuals made to honor Dr. Clem Finch.
Clement A. Finch, M.D., was one of the first faculty members in UW Medicine’s Department of Medicine. His pioneering work on iron metabolism and red cell physiology led to his election to the National Academy of Sciences in 1974, and he served as president of the American Society of Hematology and the American Society of Clinical Investigation. In addition to gathering honors and prestigious posts, Dr. Finch, who passed away in 2010, was known for the leadership, kindness and academic excellence he offered his fellows.
In 1999, two of Dr. Finch’s former fellows, Dr. Alec Stevens and Dr. Dan Coleman, with assistance from Barbara Burwell, the widow of fellow Dr. Lang Burwell, set a goal to raise enough funds to reclassify the endowed visiting professorship as an endowed chair. The level of funding raised allowed the creation of the Clement A. Finch, M.D. Endowed Professorship in Hematology. It is the hope of the Department of Medicine to eventually reclassify the professorship as an endowed chair.
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