The five-year gift “will be used to recruit new faculty or retain faculty who have achieved significant success by at least their midcareer,” according to a post on the university’s the Daily site.
Dublin, Ireland-based Medtronic’s gift is being matched by an anonymous commitment in order to meet CWRU’s $2 million requirement for creating named professorships. This is part of a 2018 $20 million challenge grant from anonymous donors to support engineering and medicine endowed professorships.
The new position will be named the Medtronic Professor of Biomedical Discovery and Innovation, and the first recipient will lead the development of a new World Medicine Pathway to prepare students for global health care.
Pending board approval, the School of Medicine has recommended Chris Longenecker to be the first Medtronic Professor of Biomedical Discovery and Innovation. Longenecker is an associate professor of medicine at the School of Medicine and the director of the Research & Innovation Center at the University Hospitals Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute.
“Through this endowed professorship, we are thrilled to support innovation in biomedical discovery and the World Medicine Pathway program being developed at Case Western Reserve,” said Richard Kuntz, Medtronic’s senior vice president and chief medical