Jamie A. Hunter Endowed Professorship in Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
The Jamie A. Hunter Endowed Professorship in Reconstructive Plastic Surgery was established in 2008 to enhance the University of Washington’s ability to recruit and retain distinguished faculty in reconstructive plastic surgery at Harborview Medical Center.
In September 2003, John and Wendy Hunter’s daughter Jamie was severely injured by a boulder in a climbing accident on Mt. Adams in Oregon. With help from many altruistic bystanders, some of whom had been trained as medical personnel at Harborview Medical Center, Jamie Hunter’s life was preserved until she was airlifted to Legacy Emanuel Hospital & Health Center in Portland. Legacy performed the surgeries that kept her alive.
When the time came for Ms. Hunter to have reconstructive surgery to fix the hole in her side and to get the rehabilitative services she needed to gain self-sufficiency, the Hunters turned to Harborview Medical Center. In gratitude to Dr. Nicholas Vedder and the reconstructive surgeons and other professionals who treated and worked with their daughter, and in recognition of the important role that reconstructive surgery plays in the healing of trauma and illness, the Hunters led a campaign to secure funding for the Jamie A. Hunter Endowed Professorship in Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at Harborview Medical Center.
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