Cornell's Weill Medical College to Receive $4 Million for Public Health Scholars

Weill Medical College of Cornell University has announced a $3 million gift from Nanette Laitman to fund four endowed professorships in the areas of prevention, clinical evaluation, community health, and quality of care research.

The gift, which qualilfied for a $1 million matching gift from the college's capital campaign, establishes the Nanette Laitman Clinical Scholars Program in Public Health. The first Laitman Clinical Scholar will be Dr. Shari R. Midoneck, associate professor of clinical medicine at the medical school. The endowed professorship will allow Midoneck to pursue clinical research in the area of women's health. Additional Laitman scholars will be announced in the coming months.

Laitman is the daughter of the late William and Mildred Lasdon, who were generous benefactors to Weill Cornell. She is also president of the board of governors of the Museum of Arts & Design in New York City.

"By enabling top-caliber junior faculty members to mesh their clinical expertise with public health research, the Laitman Clinical Scholars Program [will be] a critical investment in Weill Cornell's research enterprise," said Dr. Antonio M. Gotto, dean of Weill Cornell Medical College. "It will also help us recruit and retain the best faculty, while ensuring the vitality of its mission and its position among the nation's premier medical colleges."