Hackensack Meridian Health Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Michael B. Harris, M.D., Professorship at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine and Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health Children’s Cancer Institute, thanks to a generous $1 million gift from an anonymous donor.
The gift was made in honor of longtime physician, Michael B. Harris M.D., director emeritus of the Children’s Cancer Institute and former director of the Cure and Beyond Survivorship Program, who helped to create the pediatric cancer program at Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health at Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital. The Professorship is an endowed position – one of the most prestigious in academia – that will be awarded to the physician serving in the role of chief of pediatric hematology-oncology and bone marrow transplant/cellular therapy at the Children’s Hospital and faculty at the School of Medicine. It will support the chief’s academic goals in clinical investigations and translational research and fund key positions that encourage further growth and evolution in the treatment and care of children with blood disorders and cancers.
“We are so grateful to our anonymous donor and all who joined us to celebrate Dr. Harris’ visionary work throughout his 35 years of service at Hackensack Meridian Health,” said Joyce P. Hendricks, president and chief development officer, Hackensack Meridian Health Foundation. “In addition to our incredibly generous donor, many of Dr. Harris’ colleagues and grateful patients have also joined in support of this professorship, which will ensure our commitment to his incredible legacy through world-class education and training for our medical students, residents and fellows. I know that this transformational professorship will directly impact the compassionate care our youngest and sickest patients need and deserve.”
Dr. Harris, who retired earlier this summer, developed the Children’s Cancer Institute 35 years ago with the goal of providing cutting-edge therapy to children with blood disorders and cancer, and establishing an atmosphere conducive to their care and cure by creating a strong psycho-social presence. In addition to physicians and nurses, the Children’s Cancer Institute team is made up of social workers, child life specialists, psychologists and educational liaisons who take care of the patients and their families’ needs. Today, the Children’s Cancer Institute remains dedicated to performing careful clinical and translational research that brings discoveries found in the laboratory to the bedside.
Dr. Harris also co-developed the Cure and Beyond Survivorship Program at the Children’s Cancer Institute, which has provided patients with continued care needed beyond their cancer diagnosis and cure. To date, thousands of patients have been treated.
“Dr. Harris has brought pediatric cancer care and research to new heights in New Jersey and beyond, and we cannot thank him enough for developing and molding the Children’s Cancer Institute at Hackensack Meridian Health,” said Jeffrey Boscamp, M.D., interim dean, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine. “I have had the distinct pleasure of knowing Dr. Harris for many years, and working with him has been such an honor. This special professorship in his name will certainly allow us to pay tribute to all of his achievements and expand on pediatric cancer research and innovation for the benefit of our youngest patients and their families.”
To learn more about, and how to support, the Michael B. Harris, M.D., Professorship Program at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine and the Children’s Cancer Institute, please contact Amy Glazer, executive director, Children’s Health, Hackensack Meridian Health Foundation, at firstname.lastname@example.org. To support Children’s Health, visit www.hackensackmeridianhealth.org/givenow.