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October 2007 Issue

Janice Rafferty, MD, will hold the newly established Lindner chair.
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$2 Million Endowed Chair Established in Colon and Rectal Surgery Division

By Jill Hafner
Published October 2007

A $2 million gift to the College of Medicine will create an endowed chair of colon and rectal surgery to support education, patient care and research.

The gift, from Cincinnati benefactors Carl H. and Edyth Lindner, will establish the Carl H. and Edyth Lindner Endowed Chair of Colon and Rectal Surgery.

The chair will be held by Janice Rafferty, MD, associate professor of surgery and chief of the colon and rectal surgery division at UC.

“Edyth and I are pleased to fund a chair in colon and rectal surgery at the University of Cincinnati,” says Carl H. Lindner, who made the gift in honor of Rafferty.

“We appreciate the important work Dr. Rafferty has done to establish this division, educate future physicians and provide excellent patient care.

“UC and our community are very fortunate to have the benefit of Dr. Rafferty’s talents and commitment to her work,” he adds.

The endowed chair will help secure the long-term future of the colon and rectal surgery division. A relatively new division at UC, colon and rectal surgery was founded in 1996 when Rafferty was recruited to UC to establish the first academic program in that specialty. 

Since her arrival, the division has grown to include three board-certified surgeons who research, diagnose and treat benign and malignant diseases of the intestinal tract, colon and rectum, anal canal and perianal area.

Rafferty and her colleagues, Bradley Davis, MD, and David O’Brien IV, MD, teach at the College of Medicine and have established a clinical practice at Christ Hospital, with offices at University Hospital and University Pointe in West Chester.

Rafferty says she is “overwhelmed” by the generosity of the Lindners.

“Mr. and Mrs. Lindner’s gift is humbling,” says Rafferty. “I hope that because of it I can expand the educational and research efforts of my division at the medical college and in the community, while continuing to do what I love—care for patients with colorectal disease.

“This endowment,” she continues, “ensures that colon and rectal surgery will be a permanent presence in our community, allowing access to expert colorectal care. This important gift is just another testament of how much the Lindner family cares about the health of Cincinnati’s citizens.”

In addition to UC’s academic division, Rafferty created—and still directs—the Christ Hospital Pelvic Floor Center, the first specialty center in Cincinnati designed to diagnosis and treat disorders of the bladder, vagina, anus and rectum, such as debilitating incontinence, constipation and pelvic pain.

Rafferty was the first surgeon in southwest Ohio to implant an artificial bowel sphincter in a patient for the treatment of advanced fecal incontinence, and the first to perform the stapling procedure for hemorrhoidal prolapse, a new and relatively painless surgical treatment for internal hemorrhoids.

Her specialized surgical techniques have earned her recognition as a local pioneer. Last year, Rafferty received by far the most nominations from fellow physicians for inclusion in Cincinnati Magazine’s “Top Doctors” edition.

“We are thankful that the Lindner family recognizes Dr. Rafferty’s achievements in colorectal surgical care and education,” says David Stern, MD, dean of the College of Medicine. “Under her leadership, colorectal care has improved in the region, and many young surgery residents are now pursuing this important specialty.”

The UC division of colon and rectal surgery is the only program in southwest Ohio that cares for a broad spectrum of colorectal diseases, while combining patient care, clinical research and resident education. 

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