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Edward 'Mel' Otten
Endowed Chair site!


"Creatures that by a rule in nature teach ..." - Shakespeare, Henry V            

The Edward J. Otten, MD Chair for Education in Emergency Medicine

Establishment of the Edward J. Otten, MD Chair for Education in Emergency Medicine will help provide yearly financial support for the Department of Emergency Medicine. It is fitting that this Chair bear the name of Dr. Otten who has championed efforts for many years within the Department of Emergency Medicine. He is deeply committed and has had an enormous impact on the health and well being of our community. In that spirit, we ask that you consider a lead gift to help establish this fund in honor of Dr. Otten. Not only will you support the delivery of healthcare in our community, you will also allow the Department to seek with confidence the support of others who have an interest in building upon your generosity.

Honor Roll of Donors to the Mel Otten Endowed Chair Fund

$100,000 Box Jellyfish Level
University Emergency Physicians
$50,000 Komodo Dragon Level
Richard C. Levy, MD
$25,000 Blue-Ringed Octopus Level
Andra L. Blomkalns, MD
Edward J. Otten, MD
$10,000 King Cobra Level
Steven C. Carleton, MD, PhD
Gregory J. Fermann, MD
William A. Fussinger
W. Brian Gibler, MD
Arthur M. Pancioli, MD
Steven T. Petrovic
Richard J. Ryan, MD
$5,000 Poison Dart Frog Level
Colonel (USMC, Ret'd) and Mrs. Kevin A. Conry
Jerris R. Hedges, MD
Joseph J. Moellman, MD
$2,500 Scorpion Level
Stewart W. Wright, MD
$1,000 Lion Fish Level
Opeolu Adeoye, MD
Malcolm S. Baxter, MD
Michelle H. Biros, MD
Denis Fitzgerald, MD
J. Gregory Frappier, MD
Dwight E. Helmrich, MD
J. Stephen Huff, MD
Edward C. Jauch, MD
Jin Kim, MD
Susan O. Kushman, MD
Elizabeth E. Leenellett, MD
Daniel M. Lindberg, MD
Donald A. Locasto, MD
Erin E. McDonough, MD
Jason T. McMullan, MD
Ali S. Raja, MD
Michael J. Schmidt, MD
David Tancredi, MD, PhD
Jonathan W. Van Zile, MD
Lisa Willacker-Kiser, MD
Richard Wurtz, MD
Brian J. Zink, MD
$100-$999 Red Ant Level
James M. Alexander, MD
Todd S. Bolotin, MD
Aaron Bernard, MD
Jordan B. Bonomo, MD
Keith K. Burkhart, MD
Chad F. Byars, MD
Fred Cirillo, MD
Sean P. Collins, MD
Leslie R. Dye, MD
Frank Fernandez, MD
Diane L. Gorgas-Lahm, MD
Greater Cincinnati Health Council
Daniel A. Handel, MD
Jerris R. Hedges, MD
Jeffery, M. Hill, MD
William R. Hinckley, MD
Edmond A. Hooker, MD
Thomas W. Howard
Hulannie A. Jenkins, MD
Jennifer A. Kingsbury, MD
William A. Knight IV, MD
Ms. Lauren Laker
Sabrina D. Leach, MD
Dustin LeBlanc, MD
Samuel L. Leubers, MD
Michael S. Lyons, MD
Raymond Moreno, MD
William J. Naber, MD
David J. Peter, MD
Elizabeth Powell, MD
Judy M. Racadio, MD
Sarah E. Ronan-Bentle, MD
Shawn A. Ryan, MD
Renee Salas, MD
Pamela Schmit, MD
Scott A. Syverud, MD
Diane E. Shoemaker
Steven L. Stephanides, MD
Peter B. Toth, MD
Arthur A. Wall III, MD
Steven R. Ward, PA-C
Kristen F. Wilk, MD
$1-$99 Brown Recluse Level
Christopher Barczak, MD
Patrick T. Birrer, MD
Whitney K. Bryant, MD
Brandon Conine, MD
Baruch H. Fertel, MD
Craig M. Froehle, PhD
Cynthia Khoo-Robinson
Jack Palmer, MD
Conal D. Roche, MD
Matthew Sperling
Ahren Staubitz
Jane E. Strasser, PhD
D. Beth Wayne, BSN, JD
David Webster
Karen S. Wohlfeil

Why Are Endowed Chairs Important to the Long-Term Success of the Department of Emergency Medicine?

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The Department of Emergency Medicine conducts national searches to fill academic positions with faculty leaders who exemplify excellence and offer invaluable experience to students, patients, the department, the college, and the Academic Health Center. Such individuals are in high demand across the nation. Endowed chairs provide faculty salary enhancement and recognition for outstanding performance The added financial support and recognition of an endowed chair provide an important incentive for talented professors to stay at the College of Medicine. While colleges actively recruit talented leaders from around the country, they remain acutely aware of the excellent professors who are already members of their faculty. Many of these individuals show extraordinary talent and promise. They are often approached with competitive offers from other institutions. Endowed chairs recognize and reward excellence within faculties. Establishment of an endowed chair in a particular department or field signals new direction for a college or a shift of emphasis to an area of future importance. An endowed chair demonstrates a commitment to a specific discipline and helps attract additional support. With faculty support, new programs or centers of excellence can be developed that greatly benefit patient care, education and research. Because chairs are endowed, they provide permanent support for educational leadership. With an endowment, the gift principal is never spent. Approximately 5 percent of the endowment's market value is awarded each year. Named chairs honor donors or organizations and provide enduring recognition. Endowed chairs help to attract and retain outstanding teachers, researchers and scholars. This will also allow the Department to continue to recruit the best and brightest fellows from throughout the nation; and it will have a lasting impact on the excellence of care provided in our community, the region, and the nation.

Reaching the $2 Million Necessary to Endow the Edward J. Otten, MD Chair for Education in Emergency Medicine

In an effort to ensure the success of the Edward J. Otten, MD Chair in Emergency Medicine and to honor Dr. Otten's life's work, the Department of Emergency Medicine has provided an institutional investment to support this effort.

With the investment from the Department of Emergency Medicine, an additional $500,000 will need to be raised over the next three years to establish the Otten Chair. The Department of Emergency Medicine and the Academic Health Center Development Office are embarking on this campaign to complete the chair.