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Friday, November 07, 2008
Dr. Suntha and Dean Reece presented Dr. Regine with a medal to commemorate his chairmanship.
An investiture ceremony was held November 6, 2008 to name William Regine, MD, as the first Isadore & Fannie Schneider Foxman Endowed Chair in Radiation Oncology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The endowed chair was a gift from Norty Foxman and his wife Carol and is named for Norty's parents. Dr. Regine has been professor and chair in the Department of Radiation Oncology since 2002.
"Dr. Regine has taken the Department of Radiation Oncology to new heights and achieved tremendous success in research, clinical care and training and mentoring," praised Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA. "He brings a passion to his work that is matched by few and understands the importance of inspired and thoughtful leadership."
"The word that defines Dr. Regine is authentic," said Jeff Rivest, president and CEO of the University of Maryland Medical Center. "He is the epitome of an authentic leader and person. He's the real deal. What you see is what you get."
Dr. Regine, humbled by all the praise, declared himself the luckiest man on the planet that evening. He considered himself so because of his supportive family, friends and colleagues, most of whom were at the M&T Bank Pavilion in the Hippodrome Theater to celebrate this honor with him. Also on hand were many of the cancer survivors Dr. Regine has treated, whom he invited to take the stage with him. "I want to thank all of you for being our inspiration," he told them.
A big thank you also went out to the Foxmans from all of the evening's speakers. "Your generosity will have a generational impact on cancer patients," Mohan Suntha, MD, told Norty, Carol and the many other members of their family who attended. Dr. Suntha recently became the first Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Endowed Professor of Radiation Oncology, and is also Vice Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology. "I say this without a doubt because of the man you have decided to honor with your gift."
Dr. Suntha assisted Dean Reece with the presentation of Dr. Regine's endowed chairmanship medal and admitted Dr. Regine has been an inspiration as well as a colleague. "As a young chair, he could have focused on establishing his own presence, but from the day he arrived in Baltimore he has been a tireless champion of us, his faculty," praised Dr. Suntha. "We have collectively benefited from his fundamental belief that his success will ultimately be defined by us."
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Norty and Carol Foxman with Dr. Regine and his family.
A plaque will hang in the Department of Radiation Oncology recognizing the Foxmans' gift.