Lynn M. and Michael D. Garvey Endowed Chair in Gastroenterology
The Lynn M. and Michael D. Garvey Endowed Chair in Gastroenterology was established in 2012.
In 2007, Lynn and Mike Garveys’ ten year old grandson was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, and the family quickly learned that he would have to deal with the disease and its many complications for his entire life. “It was devastating,” says Lynn Garvey. Having great faith in the ability of medical research to illuminate a path to discover new treatments and cures for Crohn’s and other diseases, the Garveys began their own journey of inquiry into gastroenterology research.
“Over the years we have realized what advantages our local community has because of the excellence of the UW Medicine faculty, and of the UW hospital system doctors,” says Garvey. She and her husband, Mike, and her daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Mark Tabbutt, decided to invest in a leader for UW Medicine’s brand-new Center for Intestinal Microbiome Research at the UW Medical Center.
In 2012, the Garveys established their endowed gastroenterology chair in order to support a director for the center. It took over three years to find Dr. William DePaolo, but Garvey feels the long recruiting and hiring process was worth the wait. “I wish I could be a quiet observer in his lab, where I am confident he and his research department are making new discoveries that will lead to new treatments for patients like my grandson,” she says.
Thanks to the generosity of the Garvey family, UW Medicine will indeed continue to support the distinguished faculty whose research and work improves the quality of life for those struggling with gastroenterological diseases.