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Mather/Distinguished Physician Awardees

Thursday, October 3, 2013

2013 University Hospitals Distinguished Physician Award Honoree

James A. Schulak, MD

James A. Schulak, MD

“Saving lives through organ transplantation is a great responsibility and a privilege,” says James A. Schulak, MD,Director of the University Hospitals Transplant Institute and Surgical Director of Kidney Transplant at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. As head of UH’s abdominal organ transplant program for the past 28 years, Dr. Schulak has overseen more than 3,000 abdominal organ transplants including multi-organ transplants and one of the only triple-organ transplants (kidney/liver/pancreas) ever performed in Ohio.

2013 Samuel Mather Visionary Award Honoree

The Cleveland Foundation

The Cleveland Foundation LogoThe Cleveland Foundation, established on Jan. 2, 1914, is the world’s first community endowment, which pools the charitable gifts of citizens from all walks of life for the benefit of the citizenry. Under the direction of Ronald B. Richard, President and Chief Executive Officer, the foundation ranks among the largest in the nation with almost $2 billion in assets. More than 1,700 community foundations now exist worldwide. The Cleveland Foundation has generously supported key UH initiatives, including the UH Institute for Health Care Quality & Innovation, the Maternal Fetal Medicine Program at UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital, minimally invasive surgery at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and UH SOCRATES™ Knowledge Management System, a software tool to improve efficiency and patient outcomes while reducing the cost of care. UH receives annual support through trusts or donor-advised funds that philanthropists have established at the foundation.


2013 Samuel Mather Visionary Award Honoree

Kathleen A. Coleman

Kathy Coleman

Thirteen years ago, Les Coleman lost a valiant fight against an aggressive foe – stage 4 lung cancer. Inspired by her husband’s bravery, Kathy Coleman took up Les’ battle flag after his death. Since then, she has become one of University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center’s most devoted, generous and inspiring philanthropic leaders in the war against cancer. Kathy’s most recent gift established the Kathy and Les Coleman Clinical Trials Center at UH Seidman Cancer Center to expand UH’s renowned clinical research program. As energetic Co-Chair of the Seidman Cancer Leadership Council, Kathy encourages others to join her in waging war on cancer. “As a scientist and researcher, Les knew that investing in research and development was the only way toward discovering new innovations and perhaps even better ones,” says Kathy.

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