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Peters Named to New George S. Eccles Endowed Chair in Orthopaedics


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Jun 29, 2010 1:00 AM

Christopher Peters, M.D., and development director Arthur Swindle outside the University Orthopaedic Center. The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation recently endowed a new chair in orthopaedics in honor of Swindle¿s decades of compassionate service to patients and their families. Peters, an internationally recognized researcher and orthopaedic surgeon, was named the inaugural chair holder.

At first glance, clinician-researcher Christopher Peters, M.D., and fundraising professional Arthur “Art” Swindle don’t appear to have much in common—but looks can be deceiving. Admiration and appreciation for the talents and dedication of both have fostered a $1 million grant from the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation to the U’s Department of Orthopaedics. The gift creates a prestigious endowed chair to provide perpetual support for innovation among the U’s top orthopaedics faculty.

The George S. Eccles Endowed Chair in Orthopaedics is designed to enhance the work of an exceptional faculty member in the department, beginning with Peters, who is a professor of orthopaedics. Recognized worldwide as a leading clinician and researcher in joint preservation and regeneration, Peters joined the department in 1994 and was recommended for the new chair by Lorris Betz, M.D., Ph.D., senior vice president for health sciences.

Charles L. Saltzman, M.D., professor and chair of orthopaedics, said that by funding top-level researchers and clinicians such as Peters, the new endowed chair will help advance orthopaedic medicine and, ultimately, benefit many patients throughout the future. “This field becomes more vital each year as our population ages and faces the burdens of osteoarthritis and musculoskeletal diseases,” Saltzman said. “This chair will play a key role in recruiting and retaining top faculty. We are tremendously appreciative of the foresight and generosity of the Eccles Foundation.”

The chair was established in honor of Swindle, executive director of development and patient relations at the University Orthopaedic Center. “It recognizes his more than three decades of compassionate service to patients and their families, and his dedication to excellence at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center,” says Foundation Chairman and CEO Spencer F. Eccles. “For more than 30 years, our board members and families have been the beneficiaries of Art’s ongoing care, concern, compassion and friendship–and that includes our founders, Aunt Lolie (Dolores Doré Eccles) and Uncle George Eccles themselves. We hope that in attaching his name to this chair, Art’s example will be emulated by many others in the future.”

During his years at the U, Swindle and his colleagues have raised money for scholarships, facilities, research, patient-care programs, and numerous endowed chairs in areas such as orthopaedics, nursing, cancer research, internal medicine, surgery, cardiology, family and preventive medicine, and more. According to Saltzman, “The University benefits from Art’s genuine interest in the well-being of others—not only patients and donors, but also our own health care faculty, staff, and students. Far more reflective of Art’s success than the millions of dollars he has raised are the hundreds of friendships he enjoys with people from every walk of life whom he has helped personally by ‘connecting’ them with quality caregivers at the U … like Dr. Chris Peters.”  

The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation has contributed significantly for many years to colleges and departments throughout the U and its Health Sciences Center, including a major grant in 2003 to help build the state-of-the-art University Orthopaedic Center. 





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