Columbia University's Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons has announced a $32.5 million gift from the Sarasota-based Louis and Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust in support of its Division of Cardiology.
The first gift to endow an entire division in perpetuity in the medical school's more than two-hundred-and-fifty-year history will support patient care, research, and educational programming. In honor of the gift, the division will be renamed the Seymour, Paul, and Gloria Milstein Division of Cardiology; Gloria Milstein Flanzer is the sister of Seymour and Paul Milstein. The gift includes $2.5 million to establish an endowed professorship in honor of the leadership of Allan Schwartz, the chief of cardiology and the Harold Ames Hatch Professor of Medicine and Seymour Milstein Professor of Cardiology at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians.
Longtime supporters of Columbia, the Milsteins have donated more than $100 million to the university, including support for the Gloria and Louis Flanzer Vision Care Center, the Irma and Paul Milstein Laboratory in the Department of Surgery, the Vagelos Education Center, five endowed medical school professorships, and educational programs at its main Morningside Heights campus. They also have been generous supporters of New York-Presbyterian, Columbia's partner hospital.
"This remarkable gift will ensure that we continue to attract the nation's most talented cardiologists and researchers to Columbia, and it will enable new discoveries that improve outcomes for patients with heart disease," said Schwartz. "It will also help us provide the best possible educational experience for physicians who choose Columbia for their specialty training in cardiology."