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Endowed chair honors legendary U transplant surgeon

University President Robert Bruininks, Ph.D., presents a medallion to John S. Najarian, M.D., in honor of the endowed chair established in his name.

Colleagues, friends, and former patients honored transplant surgeon John S. Najarian, M.D., in November by establishing an endowed chair in his name. Najarian led the Department of Surgery at the University of Minnesota Medical School from 1970 to 1995 and established the program as a world leader in transplantation.

The John S. Najarian, M.D., Surgical Chair in Clinical Transplantation will enable the Department of Surgery to support the research and clinical pursuits of a full-time faculty member of international stature in transplantation.

An endowed chair is the highest honor to recognize prominent faculty for contributions to their field. To establish the Najarian chair, donors committed more than $1.5 million through the Minnesota Medical Foundation, and the University provided $500,000 in matching funds.

“I am honored to have my name attached to this chair and am most pleased that the recipient of the chair will ensure continued first-class leadership for our world-class transplant program,” says Najarian, who remains on the surgery department faculty as a clinical professor of transplant surgery.

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