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Meet ophthalmology's new development officer

Chuck Semrow joined the Department of Ophthalmology’s team in December as a senior development officer with the Minnesota Medical Foundation (MMF), which raises money for healthrelated research, education, and service at the University of Minnesota.

Chuck Semrow

From 2002 to 2004, Semrow raised funds for basic sciences at the Medical School through MMF. Now he’s back at the University after spending several years in development at Hazelden Foundation, the world-renowned pioneer in addiction treatment.

Semrow earned a bachelor’s degree in English and German at the University of Connecticut. He eventually moved to Minnesota, where he met and subsequently married a “Minnesota girl.” He believes this was fate—he grew up in Connecticut cheering for the Minnesota Vikings and had neighbors who were Green Bay Packers fans.

In his first few months as a development officer for ophthalmology, Semrow says he has most enjoyed learning about faculty members’ innovative clinical and translational research and visiting with donors whose lives have been changed by the care they’ve received at the University.

“Our philanthropy is an expression of our most deeply held values,” he says. “I love hearing people’s stories and why they’re passionate about making a difference that is meaningful to them.” Now Semrow wants to hear your story.

Introduce yourself by contacting him at 612-624-6313 or

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