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Gifts Sustain Innovation in Radiology

Development Communications | Feb. 1, 2012

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A generous, unrestricted gift of $50,000 to the Emory School of Medicine Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences by Syntermed, an Atlanta-based company that is a leading provider of nuclear imaging software, will help sustain innovation and discovery that helps detect diseases in the earliest stages and will provide preventive care  to patients.

Michael Lee, CEO of Syntermed says, “We have had a relationship with Emory since 1999. We consider our relationship to be a tight collaboration, particularly our relationship with the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences. Emory produces the leading scientists and physicians that will generate Game Changers; this is why we continue to invest in the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences.”

Over the past year, Emory Radiology received many gifts from individuals, including a gift from Professor of Radiology Emeritus Richard Colvin 55C 58M 65MR establishing the Radiology Residency Education Endowment Fund. Private gifts also make the Adopt-a-Resident program possible; this program gives funding to residents with unique projects that will enhance their educational program. These donations support an environment where academic medicine generates innovations and advances in predictive medicine.

The gift from Syntermed, along with many others, makes it possible to support the work of the department’s internationally recognized leaders and investigators. Stacia Brown, director of development for clinical programs, says private philanthropy is important because it provides for needs that otherwise may remain unmet.

“Cultivating a spirit of philanthropy is important because the research and education that the department provides is not completely funded through grants, government funds, or university funding. Emory is a non-profit organization, which makes philanthropy vital; it closes the gap between traditional funding and what is needed,” Brown says.

Gifts to the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences through Campaign Emory fund a partnership of leading scientists and physicians who advance all areas of medicine. Private support helps enable innovative techniques and provide state-of-the-art equipment for screening and diagnostic imaging that can detect diseases earlier, improving the quality of life for all patients who are touched by the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences.